Management Review of Environmental Management System
The review of the environmental management system, carried out by Vinythai’s environmental management review committee, is organised at least three times per year. The committee comprises the managing director, plant manager, all department managers and an environmental management representative. Discussed at each of the meetings are, amongst other items, progress of the objectives, targets and environmental management programme, environmental performance, new legal and other requirements, and results of the internal audit. The meeting emphasises the importance of all members’ participation, and recommendations for improvement, with the aim to ensure the continuous suitability, adequacy and effectiveness of the environmental management system.
Other key elements of environmental performance, according to the ISO 14001 system, are internal and external communication, document and data control, records, operational control, emergency preparedness and response, nonconformance andcorrective and preventive action
In line with the requirements of ISO 14001, Vinythai’s top management has set up a commitment and policy, which, with the cooperation and dedication of all staff, is continuously maintained, followed up on and periodically reviewed. The aim of such measures is to rectify, improve and develop them.
Over and above the ISO 14001 environmental management system, however, Vinythai has established an Environmental Management Programme, as follows:
Waste Management System
Waste segregation, separation and collection operations were improved in 2001 to ensure a proper disposal system by:
Providing new bins and containers for all kind of waste.
Building a new waste storage area, separated into 11 blocks according to each type of waste.
Revising existing waste management procedures and work instructions.
The objective of this elaborate waste collection system is to achieve maximum recycling or reusability, for example:
Quicklime: the quicklime used in production is recycled and used as a raw material in the cement operation (205 tonnes in year 2001)
Used packaging (plastic and paper) is sent for recycling in the plastic and paper recycling plant.
Other hazardous waste is separated and sent for disposal to GENCO, to ensure that the landfill is properly operated.
Vinythai has even joined the “Hazardous Waste Management Task Force” under the Petroleum Thai Institute, for sharing and developing waste management concepts and procedures.
Fugitive Emission Programme
“Fugitive Emission shall mean any small uncaptured emission of volatile organic compounds released into the air, soil and water, via pumps, valves, flanges…”
In compliance with the European PVC Producers’ commitment, Vinythai launched the VCM fugitive emission programme at the beginning of February 2001 in the company’s PVC Production Plant. More than 6,000 points were systematically checked. with corrective action immediately taken on the discovery of any significant emission. The investigation confirmed that such emission represented less than 5% of the company’s total emission. The programme helped reduce further VCM emissions from being released into the atmosphere
Environmental Control Performance
For the ISO 14001 environmental management system, the objectives, targets and programmes are established on a yearly basis. They cover four main aspects:
Material conservation, including waste minimisation
- Air emissions: HCl, VCM, CO2, PVC dust
- Water emissions: pH, Total Suspended Solid –TSS, Chemical Oxygen Demand – COD,
Biological Oxygen Demand – BOD5, Chloride (ground water)
4. Other programmes