Top ISO 14001 impacts

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Here are some of the most used ISO 14001 impacts in people’s activity registers, feel free to use them. As part of any subscription, all of these impacts and more are avaialbel in NimonikApp.ca, create a trial account today!

  • Detriment of the environment.
  • Outdoor spills lead to soil contamination. Depending on the severity, it may be necessary to clean up and remediate the area. Any contaminated soil removed will require special treatment. In-situ treatments are also possible in certain situations. Edit Add in French Delete
  • Spills inside a building will lead to contaminated materials and clean up equipment. Contaminated soil may be an issue if the spill reaches the outdoors. Where floor drains are present, there is the risk of a sewer discharge.
  • Depletion of the stratospheric ozone layer which will lead to damaging ultraviolet light reaching the surface of the earth. This will also contribute to global warming.
  • Contributes to landfill unless the consumer recycles the product.
  • Forest depletion.
  • Depletion of energy resources. Where energy comes from the combustion of fossil fuels (oil and natural gas), greenhouse gases will be generated that will lead to climate change.
  • The impact of a spill will depend on the construction of the building (floor drains, berms, etc). If the spill is immediately recovered with absorbant or other spill response equipment, the impact may be limited to the additional contaminated waste generated. Certain spills may attack the floor covering. In the worst case, a spill may reach unprotected soil causing contamination. Note also the potential release of harmful gases. Edit Add in French Delete
  • Hazardous waste will need to be treated. It will likely be incinerated causing atmospheric pollution, depletion of energy resources and generation of an ash. The ash will go to landfill or if still toxic, will need to be contained.
  • Discharges to municipal sewer: Discharges outside the expected parameters upset the local sewage treatment plant possibly resulting in pollution to the water courses.
  • Silver can be recovered from the rinse water through chemical precipitation. This reduces the chemical loading of the discharge and the recovered silver can be sold. Since few municipalities treat wastewater for silver, the metal would otherwise eventually be discharged and deteriorate the aquatic environment. Edit Add in French Delete
  • Contributes to landfill. Can be treated to recover the silver. The remaining film waste is still sent to landfill but is less polluting.
  • Creation of smog. VOC emissions lead to the formation of ground-level ozone which then mixes with dust or particulate matter emissions to cause smog.
  • Contributes to the creation of smog.
  • Climate change.
  • Contributes to landfill.
  • Used oil must be recovered to prevent its unauthorised release into the environment leading to soil contamination. It may be possible to regenerate the oil through filtration or other treatment for further use. It may also be possible to recover the energetic value of the oil by controlled burning, in cement kilns, for example. Contaminated oil is not appropriate for energy recovery. The incineration of the oil will lead to the release of combustion contaminants and greenhouse gases.
  • General atmospheric pollution.
  • Older models contain PCB in the starter ballast in the fitting of the light. PCBs are bioaccumulating chemicals that end up in the human food chain with potential health risks. Lamps manufactured after September 1, 1977, do not contain PCBs. Newer fluorescent light bulbs contain mercury in the bulb itself, producing a toxic release when the bulb is broken. If sent to landfill, the toxic mercury will eventually be released to the environment. Some fittings also contain mercury in the ballast.
  • The asbestos dust released when friable asbestos is removed harms an environmental health hazard for all fauna.
  • Leaching of a toxic chemical.
  • Pesticides can contaminate the water table and possible end up in the sewer system or local waterways. Many pesticides are carcinogenic.
  • If containers previously containing hazardous chemicals are not properly empty, the residual chemicals can contaminate a landfill site.
  • Depletion of energy resources. Edit Add in French Delete
  • Depletion of natural resources. Edit Add in French Delete
  • If hazardous, waste chemicals will need to be treated. They will likely be incinerated causing atmospheric pollution, consumption of energy and generation of an ash. The ash will go to landfill or if still toxic, will need to be contained in perpetuity. Other treatments may be available, but will likely also contribute to environmental contamination.