After years of planning, the time has finally come to build your business. The chances are that you have saved up lots of money for this, and you have been planning for a long time. However, it is important not to rush. Without proper environmental precautions, you will not only end up damaging the land that you have bought, but you will also risk the possibility of heavy fines.
Use Industrial Recycling
Construction Executive says that today, more than ever, contractors need to be aware of their impacts on the environment. A failure to consider environmental effects can test the financial stability of even the best of companies. It is almost certain that there will be some waste materials when you build your business. This may take the form of a previously-built structure that needs to be torn down. It might also take the form of defective material, which can often happen when you buy materials in bulk.
It is very important to recycle all of these waste materials. The best way is to take all your metals to the scrapyard and everything else to an approved disposal location.
Use Ground Mats
You should always use mats for heavy equipment. Spartan Mats explains that heavy equipment mats provide the kind of barrier you need to have between your work and the surrounding environment. They help you minimize the damage that your heavy equipment can make while also helping you get the job done effectively.
It is especially important to use these ground mats when tracked vehicles are being used. Most roads and parking lots are not meant to deal with these vehicles, and the bare ground will be torn into a muddy mess by these tracked vehicles. Replacing a patch of green with a muddy mess is never good for the creatures that live there. This is why you must always use mats for heavy machinery.
Institute Proper Spill Training
If a hazardous substance is spilled, it is very important to act quickly. From an environmental perspective, you do not want toxic substances to soak into the ground. According to the Groundwater Foundation, groundwater is one of our most important sources of water for irrigation, but unfortunately, it is susceptible to pollutants. When pollutants hit the water table, they become part of the environment and thus become very hard to remove.
Make sure that all your employees are trained in proper cleanup procedures. Make sure that all the employees understand the importance of quick action. When an accident occurs, it is human nature to be a little shocked at first. Proper training can ensure that workers will spring into action and do what is necessary.
Although there will be a little time and expense, environmental protection is truly everyone’s responsibility. Remember, your actions (or lack of action) can have consequences that affect entire ecosystems and large numbers of people and animals. This alone should be all the motivation that a person needs to take the proper precautions.
Are you unsure about the sustainability of your business and its impact on the environment? Contact us to ask about a getting a sustainability report on your business!