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Sustainable work practices How can you reduce the environmental impacts of your work? Save water Save energy Reduce waste Use chemicals safely.

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1 Sustainable work practices How can you reduce the environmental impacts of your work? Save water Save energy Reduce waste Use chemicals safely

2 Save water You can save on typical water usage by eliminating water waste, reusing water and using more water- efficient systems.eliminating water wastereusing waterwater- efficient systems Home

3 Save water You can save on typical water usage by eliminating water waste, reusing water and using more water- efficient systems.reusing waterwater- efficient systems Turn off taps firmly Don’t leave taps running Report leaks Replace faulty washers on dripping taps Use only the amount of water needed for making tea and coffee, and washing up utensils Some ideas for eliminating water waste: Home

4 You can save on typical water usage by eliminating water waste, reusing water and using more water- efficient systems.eliminating water wastewater- efficient systems Save water Eg Use extra water from the jug to water indoor plants rather than pouring it down the drain Reuse and recycle water whenever possible: What other opportunities do you have to reuse and recycle the water you use at work? Home

5 Toilets Showers Garden and grounds maintenance Cleaning, eg using rainwater or recycled water for cleaning vehicles You can save on typical water usage by eliminating water waste, reusing water and using more water- efficient systems.eliminating water wastereusing water Save water Use the water-efficient systems in your workplace for: What other opportunities do you have to change to water-efficient systems for the work you do? Home

6 Save energy You can save the energy you use for: Lighting Heating and cooling Using equipment Home

7 You can save the energy you use for: Lighting Heating and cooling Using equipment Save energy you use for lighting: Use energy efficient lighting where possible Use natural rather than artificial light whenever possible Turn off lights when not needed or when leaving a room Save energy Home

8 You can save the energy you use for: Lighting Heating and cooling Using equipment Save energy you use for heating and cooling: Use heaters and fans for only the required amount of time necessary Check thermostats are at the lowest possible setting Use warmer clothing rather than electric or gas heating Check doors to air conditioned areas are closed Save energy Home

9 You can save the energy you use for: Lighting Heating and cooling Using equipment Save energy you use for equipment: Turn off computers and monitors after work Photocopy in batches, and switch copier to standby or energy save mode after use What equipment do you use in your workplace? What are some energy saving strategies for using this equipment? Save energy Home

10 Reduce waste Throw out only what cannot be reused or recycled.reused or recycled Avoid creating waste Avoid creating waste in the first place. Conduct a waste audit to check what waste you actually create! Home

11 Throw out only what cannot be reused or recycled. Avoid creating waste Avoid creating waste in the first place. Conduct a waste audit to check what waste you actually create! Reduce waste Recycle and reuse: Recycle paper, cardboard, mobile phones, batteries, glass, aluminium cans, and plastic bottles Recycle or refill ink cartridges Purchase resources that can be recycled Purchase resources that have been produced from recycled goods or materials Use 100% recycled paper, or paper made from plantation timber (not natural forests) Re-use materials where possible, eg use scrap paper for notes Home

12 Reduce waste Throw out only what cannot be reused or recycled.reused or recycled Avoid creating waste in the first place. Conduct a waste audit to check what waste you actually create! Use s instead of printed documents Read on the screen whenever possible Use Print Preview to check documents before printing Use smaller fonts and spacing Print or copy double-sided (duplex), and make it the default on printers and photocopiers Photocopy only the number of pages you need Avoid creating waste: Home

13 Work safely with chemicals and pollutants If you work with chemicals and pollutants, make sure safety is your priority.safety Does your work involve using cleaning products ?cleaning products Home

14 If you work with chemicals and pollutants, make sure safety is your priority. Does your work involve using cleaning products ?cleaning products Make safety a priority: Follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer for use and storage Use signage to identify where hazardous chemicals and substances are stored Work safely with chemicals and pollutants Home

15 If you work with chemicals and pollutants, make sure safety is your priority.safety Does your work involve using cleaning products ? Work safely with chemicals and pollutants Cleaning products: Avoid using harsh cleaners that contain toxic ingredients Avoid using detergents that contain phosphates; these can damage waterways they enter via drains Try to use warm soapy water and cleaners that are environmentally friendly Home


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