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Konica Manufacturing USA, Inc. Environmental Contact: John E. Moore Located in Whitsett, NC (near Greensboro). K.M.U. General Statistics. KMU manufactures color photographic paper and photographic emulsions ~ 340 employees Continuous operation (12 hr shifts)

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Konica Manufacturing USA, Inc.

Environmental Contact: John E. Moore

Located in Whitsett, NC (near Greensboro)


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K.M.U. General Statistics

  • KMU manufactures color photographic paper and photographic emulsions

  • ~ 340 employees

  • Continuous operation (12 hr shifts)

  • 300,000 ft² in manufacturing facility

  • Subsidiary of Konica Corporation (Japan)


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Konica’s Environmental Status

  • Title V Air Permit (Mostly VOCs)

  • Large Quantity Hazardous Waste Generator

  • Wastewater discharge to local POTW

  • Stormwater Permit

  • Silver Recovery (Wastewater Pretreatment)

  • Involved with TSCA, FIFRA, ATF, EPCRA (Tier II & TRI).


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Why ISO 14001 at Konica ???

  • Corporate Directive to Certify in 1998

  • Increased Efficiency & Reduced Costs

  • Improved Environmental Performance

  • Enhanced Public Image

  • Increased Employee Awareness & Involvement

  • Better Knowledge Preservation & Transfer

  • Enhanced Image with Regulators


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Environmental Policy

  • Provides Framework for Setting Targets and Objectives Commitment to:

    • Continual Improvement PC2

    • Prevention of Pollution

    • Comply with Environmental Laws

  • Communicated to All Employees

  • Available to Public


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Employee Involvement

  • Formal Identification Environmental Aspects and Impacts.

    • Konica Environmental Group (KEG) and DPPEA worked together to investigate activities throughout the organization.

TAP THE K.E.G.


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Employee Involvement

  • Identification of Training Needs & Employee Training

    • DPPEA and Environmental Engineer performed initial training of all employees. (Phase I)

    • All new hires are scheduled for this training

    • Phase II training to emphasize job specific environmental concern areas is performed by department trainers.


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Environmental Training

  • The competency of employees whose work may create a significant impact on the environment is reviewed annually during the employee’s performance review


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Employee Involvement

  • Environmental Programs

    • Any team or process section that is effected by a proposed change or implementation of a program has an opportunity to “buy in” or reject the implementation.


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Employee Involvement

  • Communication and Dialog

    • Discrepancy Report system used as part of ISO9000 system allows communication of suggestions, and criticism throughout the organization.

    • Daily morning meeting by each process allows information to flow quickly.


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Management Review

  • Top Management periodically reviews the Environmental Management System for;

    • Continuing Suitability

    • Adequacy

    • Effectiveness

  • Change policy, objectives and other elements as needed !!

    ÄContinual ImprovementÃ


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In Closing…

  • Actively seek out employee suggestions

    • Include your environmental needs in their procedures or create procedures !!

    • Provide a means of Communication. Face to Face dialog is best.

    • Listen to their requests and ACT on them!!

  • Create accountability and recognition.