Environmental Management Policy
SMC Premier Group is committed to achieving the highest standards of environmental performance, preventing pollution and minimising the impact of its operations. The Company’s aim is that no lasting environmental damage occurs as a result of its activities and policies are being implemented to ensure that all its operations meet or exceed the requirements of legislation and applicable best practice.
SMC Premier Group regards compliance with relevant environmental laws and the adoption of responsible standards where no legislation exists, as an integral part of its business strategy and is committed to considering the environmental impacts associated with its products throughout their life cycle.
SMC Premier Group has committed to monitor its environmental performance in line with current legislation requirements. Environmental aspects are identified at each site and corresponding objectives and targets set to reduce the significance of impacts in those areas. These will be reviewed on at least an annual basis to ensure continual improvement.
SMC Premier Group will continue to raise environment awareness within the Company through the development and training of its employees and will communicate openly and consult with customers, suppliers and other stakeholders on relevant environmental matters.
Alternative products are being sought on a continuous basis to replace products, which have been identified as being harmful to the environment. The use of Bleach and Caustic Cleaning Agents wherever possible will cease. Where this is not possible, their usage is to be reduced
to a minimum. SMC Premier Group will encourage customers and suppliers in the use of environmentally friendly products and sustainable recycled products and packaging.
Environmental Statement – Chemicals & Materials
Through our chemical and material supply chain we ensure the following criteria are achieved and delivered:
- Chemicals are manufactured under the umbrella of ISO9001, ISO14001 and are IPPC compliant.
- Environmentally superior ingredients are utilised throughout our chemical range to ensure our ability to bulk purchase key ingredients.
- Waste packaging and chemicals are recycled on site where practical and other waste is segregated and recycled through third party processes.
- All chemicals meet the EU detergent regulations and abide by the recommendations in the BACS/UKCPI guidance for responsible procurement of cleaning products.
- The manufacturing facility we utilise has a unique bioreactor pioneered in conjunction with independent bio-technology companies and the DTI which allows digestion of effluent into carbon dioxide and water. 90% biodegradable within 24 hours demonstrates the exceptional biodegradability of the chemicals we utilise.
- Within the chemical production facility water is used extensively. Efficient processes are in place to minimise heat loss recirculation of hot and cold water is utilised so none of the energy or the water is lost. Thermostat controlling electric roller doors, recirculation of rising heat, low energy bulbs connected to light sensitive device automatically switches off during bright daylight ensure that energy efficiency is maximised.
Our choice of chemicals for each location we clean are carefully selected in conjunction with client health and safety personnel. This in tandem with our independent site visits will provide a product range proposal for client approval.
Life Cycle Step Criterion Expectations – Manufacturing (formulation) Safety of the product
The product shall not contain ingredients (substance or preparation) classified with any of the following risk phrases (according to Directive67/548/EEC and its amendments) or any combination thereof: R31, R40, R45, R46, R49, R68, R50-53, R51-53, R59, R60, R61, R62, R63 and R64.
- No more than 10% (by weight) of VOCs with boiling point < 150°C.
- No dyes or colouring agents which are not permitted by Directives 76/768/EEC and 94/36/EEC or are classified with R50-53 or R51-53 risk phrases according to Directive 67/548/EEC and its amendments.
- The product shall not be classified with R42 and/or R43 risk phrases, according to Directive 67/548/EEC, and shall not contain any substances or ingredient exceeding 0,1% by weight of the final product that is classified as R42 and/or R43 risk phases (may cause sensitisation by inhalation and/or skin contact).
- Fragrances must have been produced or handled following the code of practice of the International Fragrance Association. No perfumes containing nitro-musks or polycyclic musks are allowed.
- Safety advice:
– “Keep away from children”
– “Do not mix different cleaners”
– “Do not inhale the sprayed product” (for sprays).
Use Consumer information for environmental use
The following texts, or equivalent texts, shall appear on the packaging:
– For all-purpose cleaners: exact dosage recommendation.
– For concentrated cleaners for sanitary facilities: indication that only small quantities of the product are needed.
- Information and labelling of ingredients according to EC Regulation N° 648/2004.
Use & Performance and durability criteria
The product shall be fit for use, meeting the needs of consumers.
- The cleaning ability must be equivalent to or better than that of a market-leading or generic reference product, approved by a Competent Body, as well as better than pure water.
- For all-purpose cleaners and cleaning products for kitchens, fat-removing effects must be documented.
- For sanitary cleaning products and window cleaners, both calcium and fat-removing effects must be documented.
- Training on detergents for professional uses, including step-by-step instructions for proper dilution, use, disposal and the use of equipment, shall be offered for cleaning staff.
End of life Limitation of the use of substances harmful for the aquatic environment
- Critical Dilution Volume toxicity (CDVtox): All-purpose cleaners:
– CDVtox < 20 000L/functional unit (f.u. = dose in g / L of water).
- Cleaners for sanitary facilities: CDVtox < 100 000L/100g of product. – Window cleaners: CDVtox < 5 000L/100g of product.
- Total content of elemental phosphorus (P) (considering all ingredients containing phosphorus, e.g. phosphates and phosphonates):
– All-purpose cleaners: P < 0.02g/functional unit.
– Cleaners for sanitary facilities: P < 1.0g/100g of product.
– Window cleaners: no phosphorus.
- Each surfactant shall be biodegradable under aerobic and anaerobic conditions. • No APEOs and derivatives, EDTA, NTA.
- No quaternary ammonium salts that are not readily biodegradable. • Some biocides to preserve the product are allowed, only in the appropriate dosage and if not potentially bio-accumulative.
End of life Limitation of packaging waste
- Sprays containing propellants shall not be used.
- Plastics shall be marked according to Directive 94/62/EC.
- Primary packaging parts shall be easily separable into mono-material parts. • Recycled packaging labelled in conformity with ISO 14001.
- Our training capability ensures the correct usage of products where accurate dilution for the job is vital for minimising wastage. Increasing the number of product doses per unit of packaging and transport is a key component of improving our sustainability. Products that clean efficiently first time eliminate the need for second pass cleaning. This in tandem with our concentrated chemical technology offers class leading performance at lower doses.
Materials & Equipment
Our consumables and equipment are selected from our supply partners based on quality, sustainability, and ergonomic performance. Products are regularly reviewed to ensure that new innovations and sustainability aspects are continually up to date. Some initiative areas include sustainable forestry programmes with our supply partners which provides reduced packaging for our supply of washroom consumables. Also, the introduction of the use of microfibre cloths and flat mopping systems have improved performance and hygiene standards in healthcare facilities. These have been some of the bespoke initiatives we continue to develop in partnership with our clients and suppliers.
Reviewed: 6th November 2020