COMPOSTABLE PACKAGING Is compostable right for you? February to April 2020 Although this may seem like the best option in the current climate, you could be making no difference and, in some cases, doing more damage. With a lack of infrastructure and widespread knowledge around compostable products the truth behind these items is often misunderstood.
When it comes to the environment there is a lot of confusing and conflicting information being circulated at the moment. There is no clarity around regulations, how specific materials can be used and what really happens to our waste. As a result, this is leaving people making decisions without a full understanding of the situation. Often this means that perceived environmentally friendly products are used as alternatives.
Many businesses are moving to compostable packaging for their food related products. Although this may seem like a good idea, some composting facilities are finding this difficult to deal with. Some of these issues include: • Contamination issues • Facilities processing time • A lack of means to clearly identify certified compostable materials In New Zealand there are currently 12 industrial facilities and three community based facilities currently accepting compostable packaging. Currently compostable packaging is not accepted in council kerbside foodwaste collections or privately provided greenwaste collection bins. Another issue is that the difference between commercial and home
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composting is often not clear. Not many people are aware of the difference or the environment needed for either of these to be effective. Home composts produce the same quality compost at the end of the process, but they may not maintain the ideal conditions required for composting certain products. Another issue is that people think that although these compostable items may make their way into landfill, they will break down. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case as they need a very specific environment to work effectively. Being able to take a holistic approach to your business’ overall systems and practices can open a range of opportunities for you to reduce your impact. At Snell we have a range of specialists who can provide insight into ways that For more your business can information as to make a tangible how you can improve your environmental difference right impact, contact now. your Snell representative.
POWER UP YOUR SAFETY Looking after the well-being of your employees is an ongoing and sometimes difficult task. Ensuring you have the correct product; it is being maintained adequately and your workers are using it appropriately are just a few of the issues facing health and safety officers. Yet this is often disregarded as workers appear to be healthy. However, if you’re using the incorrect equipment for your business, you could be putting your employee’s lives at risk. This may not be immediately clear but the long-term health issues can prove fatal or severely debilitating. Simply not being cleanly shaven could be stopping your protective gear from working and putting your staff’s health at risk. It is estimated that between 600-900 people die every year due to work related diseases).1 The social and economic cost of deaths, injuries and ill-health arising from work is estimated at $3.5 billion a year.2 As a Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBU) it is your responsibility to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety of your workers.3 When it comes to respiratory safety, that means fit testing, proper ongoing maintenance and educating staff around how to carry this out. In some cases, specialist equipment like powered air respirators may be needed. By contacting specialists, you will be able to leverage their knowledge around what equipment will best suit your business. Allowing you to rest assured that you are doing your best to keep your staff safe whilst on the job.
At Snell we have access to not only a range of 3M products providing respiratory protection but also their expertise around use and maintenance. For more information around our range and capabilities please contact your Snell representative.
What is powered air respiratory equipment? Powered air respiratory equipment relies on a battery powered air filter unit to supply large volumes of filtered air to 3M headtops, providing a positive pressure in the breathing zone of the wearer. This excess supply of clean air leaks out of the headtop preventing contaminants entering the breathing zone of the wearer.
• A wide range of filter options available - suitable for many gases/vapours and particulates. These filters need to be selected according to the type and scale of exposure, however there are not filters available for every possible gas/vapour exposure in the workplace.
3M VERSAFLO RESPIRATOR SYSTEMS • Light weight, compact and well balanced designs. • Breathable air is provided to the wearer, reducing additional breathing effort. • Constant airflow - even as battery discharges or filter becomes loaded with particulates, the unit delivers a steady flow of air. • Quiet system with reduced motor noise. • Soft face seals and inner collars.
Benefits of using PAPR over tight fitting respirators: • A continuous flow of moving, cooling, filtered air into the head-top. • No added breathing resistance, unlike a tight fitting respirator. This can be a necessity for workers with any lung function or related health issue. • No face fit issue (unless using a tightfitting respirator). These can be worn by individuals with facial hair (within some boundaries) and are rated by AS/NZS 1715 to achieve a minimum of 50 times reduction in exposure to the wearer. • The head-tops can be selected to allow the addition of other PPE such as earmuffs, radio communication headsets, high impact and or tinted visors, welding lens (including autodarkening capability). Eye protectors (e.g safety spectacles) can also be worn inside the head-top. • Ability to select an appropriate head-top for the workplace and task. This can be a soft fabric type hood or head covering, an industrial helmet style, a welding shield or helmet, etc.
WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU HAD A FIT TEST FOR YOUR RESPIRATORY EQUIPMENT?
For more information around this product please refer to your Snell representative.
1. https://www.mbie.govt.nz/assets/8523a9e789/workrelated-health.pdf 2. https://worksafe.govt.nz/dmsdocument/974-ourperformance-story-2016 3. https://worksafe.govt.nz/managing-health-andsafety/getting-started/understanding-the-law/primaryduty-of-care/what-is-the-primary-duty-of-care/
GLOVE THE ENVIRONMENT Businesses today are under pressure and looking in all places to make changes to reduce their environmental impact. Currently some practices have no alternative solutions available. This means that businesses may feel as though they are limited to what impact they can make. However, there are often more ways to make an impact than you may be aware of. Disposable gloves are an example of a product that is needed in specific working environments for hygiene purposes. There are currently very few alternatives to using these and so businesses may disregard this as a valid area to target. Gloves are a crucial piece of equipment for to hygiene sensitive businesses.
Which means that changing or moving to a new brand can be difficult due to the inherent risks associated with this. If you don’t get this right, you could be: • Putting your brand at risk • Risking contamination through low quality gloves • Create health risks for your employees using gloves • Sourcing unsustainably manufactured product • Creating more waste to landfill than necessary A Food Manufacturer was prioritising their environmental targets and looking for a way to make a positive impact on them. Knowing that Vinyl glove production is a messy process, they were wanting to change to a cleaner glove made from Nitrile. Although Vinyl gloves have their benefits the toxic chemicals used in
the manufacturing process, difficulty with disposal and use of non-renewable materials made it tough to continue with using them. Moving to Nitrile meant they were using a more environmentally friendly product that helped reduce the risk of allergic reactions. By having access to specialists, you could review your gloves and find a viable way to reduce your impact on the environment. Reducing the materials used, reviewing the usage and material type are just a few ways to achieve your goals. At Snell we have the expertise to review your gloves and provide a solution that can best fit your businesses demands. For more information please contact your Snell representative.
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THE POWER OF PROCUREMENT
The current business climate is a complex and uncertain one. Dealing with day to day operations on top of large projects and meeting KPIs is be a difficult demanding task.
A re-seller in New Zealand urgently required to seek alternative import options due to their manufacturer in China unexpectedly closing. The impact was significant due to:
These are issues businesses all over New Zealand are dealing with. However, the true impact that a quality procurement team can have is often overlooked.
The time spent finding a new supplier and the associated logistics and lead times
Negative consequences to the end users with no supply. Meaning an impact on their production, staff safety and requirement to source alternatives
Reduction in noise/issues you are dealing with. This often isn’t heard and becomes expected. During recent times we have witnessed and dealt with disruption that this current business climate can create. Back in 2018 the Chinese Environmental Protection Agency imposed a 45-day ban on the production of Vinyl gloves. All manufacturers are required to meet certain standards to continue manufacturing with several factories having to close. As a result of this there was a nearly 2 million case gap leading to supply chain issues and increased prices.
An increased cost of product
Inconsistency with brand and perceived quality effecting company reputation
By dealing with a business who prioritises their procurement team and their processes, you could be reducing the amount of work, noise and risk you are dealing with. When trouble appears these benefits can allow your business to get through hard times unscathed.
What could missing out on your product cost your business?
The inability to supply current customers leading to lost business and revenue
At Snell we have both local and procurement teams that work to provide our customers with the results they demand.
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