If you have an industrial facility of any kind, you know that you have to conform with a good deal of red tape imposed by federal, state and local regulators. These will control any emissions related to your operation, and you need to ensure that inspectors are happy in order to keep on the right side of the law. You may think that you have your finger on the pulse here and have been concentrating on other ways to grow your business in the interim. However, are you sure that you are being proactive enough in this increasingly challenging area?
In the space of less than a generation, society has become extremely sensitive about environmental issues, and this has led to a proliferation of new emissions laws. Even if you comply with those laws to the letter, you still need to ensure that you go as far as you can to become a good corporate citizen in the eyes of your neighbours.
Going the Extra Mile
You will need to put extra effort into staff training so that they not only do their job efficiently but look for extra ways to make a difference. Also, be on the lookout for new regulations in the industry elsewhere. Even though they may not affect your facility right now, think about introducing them anyway to stay ahead of the game.
You need to be proactive and take the initiative to safeguard your reputation. The public at large may not be aware of your everyday efforts but will judge your operation immediately should anything go wrong.
It can often be difficult to keep on top of rule changes or developments in the industry, as you have so much else on your plate. It's a good idea, therefore, to conduct an environmental impact assessment and bring in an outside air quality consultant on a regular basis.
Finally, don't forget that extra attention to emissions may yield additional benefits. Some organisations have found that they can generate an additional income stream by diverting energy from an emissions process to a more productive area of their facility.
Furthermore, government regulators may well notice that you are being proactive, especially if you employ an outside consultant to help you with your assessment. As you develop a good rapport with them, this can help you avoid any unwanted attention and promote your organisation from a public relations perspective.