Environmentally Sustainable Work Practices

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Environmentally Sustainable Work Practices

Policy The organisation recognises the importance of protecting the environment and will minimise the environmental impact of work practices carried out by the organisation.
Definitions Environmentally sustainable work practices are those which reduce harm on the environment and reduce wastage of resources.


General guidelines for sustainable environmental work practices

All employees can help protect the environment by following the guidelines below:


  • Use goods which stop waste being generated.

  • Reduce waste by choosing products that have minimal packaging and can be used productively and then recycled.


  • Re-use containers, packaging or waste products, wherever possible.


  • Recycle waste material into useable products, wherever possible.

For waste that can't be avoided, reused or recycled

  • Treat the waste to make it less harmful or reduce the volume of the harmful component.

  • Dispose of the waste safely.

Strategies to be implemented by the Manager and Supervisors

  • Consider sustainability issues when making planning and managing decisions.

  • Promote and encourage environmental awareness to ensure employees are aware of their environmental responsibilities.

  • Aim to continually improve environmental performance by identifying and addressing environmental risk.

  • Make resources available to implement environmental risk management procedures.

Employees’ responsibilities

  • Identify and manage environmental risks associated with work activities to minimise their impact on the environment.

  • Use the Employee Feedback Form to put forward suggestions.

Managing safety risks


  • Be aware of workplace health and safety policies and ensure procedures are followed.

  • Notify the Workplace Health and Safety Officer of specific risks or hazards by completing an Employee Feedback Form.

A safety risk assessment must be undertaken by the Workplace Health and Safety Officer at least once a year using the Workplace Safety Checklist.

Environmental purchasing guidelines

  • Become informed about the environmental impacts of products purchased. Search for environmentally-friendly products.

  • Choose products with less packaging.

  • Choose products with recyclable or reusable packaging.

  • Re-use plastic bags and all types of containers if possible.

  • Buy quality goods that will last.

  • Buy recycled goods which have already saved resources and raw materials, and help reduce the overall quantity of waste.

Paper wastage

  • Buy and use recycled paper where possible.

  • Make double-sided copies when printing and photocopying, wherever possible.

  • Use the blank side of used paper for notepaper before recycling.

  • Re-use envelopes for internal mail.

Disposal of waste

  • Place the following in recycle bins, depending on recycling facilities available in your community.

    • paper

    • aluminium

    • glass

    • steel

  • Follow the guidelines for the disposal of these materials to minimise the impact on the environment.


  • Use these strategies to minimise energy wastage:

    • Maintain air-conditioning at a constant temperature of 23-24ºC.

    • Close blinds or curtains to minimise heat build-up.

    • Maintain only security lighting after business hours.

    • Switch off equipment overnight wherever possible.

    • Repair malfunctioning utilities (e.g. leaking taps) as soon as possible.

Related documents

Risk Management Policy and Procedure

Employee Feedback Form

Workplace Safety Checklist

Workplace Health and Safety – General Policy and Procedure

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