Employee Training


The best environmental programs will fail unless workers are involved in, and committed, to carrying out the plans. It is important that employees be aware that the cost of a job or project is influenced by how they handle materials.

Stress the need to use the minimal amount of solvents or other chemicals to do the job. This includes inks, additives, cleaning solutions, substrate, etc.

Encourage employees to share ideas to further cut wastes. Positively acknowledging pollution prevention initiatives by company personnel can stimulate innovative ideas for source reduction. This may be especially beneficial because employees who are closest to the process are often in the best position to recommend and actually carry out change.

Be innovative in trying new procedures and products.

Ask ink suppliers to train employees on how to properly adjust ink for viscosity, color, etc. in order to minimize solvent and other chemical additives.

Ask current cleaning product suppliers to train employees on how to work with the product to get maximum performance. This will result in reduced chemical purchases and better press cleaning.

Ask suppliers to train employees how to properly use new products in order to get employee buy-in and proper performance.

Produce innovative and exciting training techniques for teaching pollution prevention concepts.

Educate each individual on what pollution prevention means.

Best Management Practices & Pollution Prevention

Establish, communicate, and demonstrate to employees a management commitment to the concept of pollution prevention to encourage company-wide source reduction in everyday practice. Management can assemble pollution prevention teams of employees, incorporate pollution prevention into job responsibilities, and provide incentives for employees to prevent pollution.

Periodic monitoring helps ensure that source reduction practices are followed.

Provide Energy Star Training to employees. Employees will find out more about U.S. EPA's ENERGY STAR program and learn about the process and benefits of benchmarking your facility or complete portfolio of buildings. They will also find out how to bulk purchase ENERGY STAR labeled products and explore the financing options for energy efficiency projects. ENERGY STAR on-line training sessions and presentations are available to organizations at no cost.

For access to vendors who may supply alternative materials and equipment, see the PNEAC Vendor Directory.

Environmental Regulations

Large quantity generators of hazardous waste are required, according to federal environmental regulations, to have a emergency response program in place which includes training employees on how to react in case of a spill or release.

The US EPA Oil Spill Regulations also require that a spill response plan is in place for generators of used oil and oil products depending on the quantity generated each year. The plan must include a written plan and employee training.

The Department of Transportation (DOT) requires generators of hazardous materials (wastes) that are offered for transport on U.S. roadways, rail, air or ship, must be trained on the rules and regulations associated with DOT shipping requirements.

Training is required by various regulations, including OSHA standards as well as local, state and federal waste handling and emergency response regulations including U.S. EPA, state environmental regulatory agencies, DOT, Waste Water Treatment System Operators, etc.

Some sort of communication or fire safety training is required for all employees. One element of that training or communication is providing evacuation maps of the building and making them available for public review. A second facet of that requirement is to provide for employee evacuation drills in the event of an emergency. The third facet of the requirements provide for fire suppression equipment training and communication. If fire extinguishers or other portable fire extinguishing equipment are provided, then training on how to operate the equipment should be provided.

Health & Safety

Every employee, including office personnel, must receive some health and safety training. It is required by various regulations, including OSHA, DOT, and U.S. EPA standards.