Environmental responsibility and health and safety around ITW
Across the globe, ITW businesses are making ongoing environmental, health and safety (EHS) improvements to reduce environmental impact and create a safer workplace. Here are just a few examples:
Bailly Comte - Genau, France
Bailly Comte, a manufacturer of plastic components for automotive applications, has started using trays to collect plastic scraps to increase raw material recycling. A system to recover heat from cooling units was also installed to help heat the facility. The business has also invested in additional levels of safety and health protection for workplace noise, falls and ergonomics.
Coeur, Inc. - Washington, North Carolina, U.S.
The Coeur facility improved its solid waste practices and increased plastics recycling. The diversion rate increased from a baseline of 68.5 percent in 2012 to 87.5 percent in the third quarter of 2015.
In addition, the business implemented a number of health and safety improvements, including daily safety tips, monthly safety quiz cards and a cross-audit with the nearby ITW Texwipe facility. Thanks to ongoing health and safety awareness and training, there has been a 50 percent year-over-year reduction in accidents for the last three years.
ITW Engineered Polymers - Houston, Texas, U.S.
The facility recycles spent solvent that is used for cleaning purposes. Working with a recycling vendor, the business accumulates approximately 30 drums of recyclable solvent, which is collected once every two months by a mobile distillation truck. In return, the business receives approximately 22 drums of clean solvent.
Proline - Queensland, Australia
To improve worker safety, ITW’s Proline business and its fork lift truck supplier, Crown Forklifts, have piloted a system called Infosys. The system has a user interface on the lift truck, which requires a pre-operational inspection safety checklist. The system also de-energizes the lift truck and locks it out of service if it collides with any object. Infosys provides diagnostic data back to a central program, which is monitored by the warehouse supervisor and remotely by Crown.
ITW Heartland - Alexandria, Minnesota, U.S.
The facility has re-engineered work tasks that previously involved lifting machined parts from the floor. The new tasks utilize push carts to bring the parts up to the workers’ waist height. This change has reduced risks from lifting and repetitive motion. ITW Heartland also has an aggressive Job Hazard Analysis program, which identified the need for cut-resistant gloves in certain machining jobs and for powered pallet jacks for lifting tasks.
Avery Weigh-Tronix - Smethwick, U.K. and Fairmount, Minnesota, U.S.
The Smethwick facility implemented a number of energy improvement measures in 2015, including consolidation of staff to the bottom-floor office, allowing the business to close off the top floor to reduce energy consumption. The facility also installed more energy-efficient lighting.
In Fairmount, the business replaced Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK) with Methyl Amyl Ketone (MAK), a less hazardous chemical, in the manufacturing process. The facility has also instituted team member-led safety inspections and risk assessments. In addition, Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) representatives serve as work-area health and safety references for their co-workers.