A wide range of chemicals is used within the printing process, from film developers to acids in plate making. Improved management of these chemicals will:
- prevent and reduce waste generation;
- reduce costs and save time;
- reduce emissions and discharges;
- improve the working environment.
This Good Practice Guide sets out a chemicals management programme designed to help you improve how your company handles and monitors the chemicals it uses. It looks at measures to reduce waste, at the use of alternative materials and technologies, and provides background information to raise awareness of good chemicals management.
The first step in any waste minimisation programme is to measure current use.
This Guide contains three worksheets that will help you to measure performance, and calculate and keep a log of chemicals use. Measuring this information will highlight where there is the potential to make changes. This Guide will help you to make those changes, and thus improve the overall management, control and costs of your business.
This Guide also examines alternative materials and new technologies available to the printing industry, and the benefits of introducing them.
Many of the ideas in this Guide can be put into practice immediately. Other measures, such as changing to alternative products and technologies, require greater consideration. An Action Plan is included to help you ... request a copy of the full document >>© Crown copyright