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Operations (EMS)

The SGI manufacturing and logistics operations are designed and conducted to protect the health of our employees while seeking to minimize environmental impact.

SGI strives to ensure that suppliers agree to comply with environmental regulations.

SGI operates an "eco-friendly" manufacturing process:

  • Only small volumes of chemicals (e.g., alcohol, solder, flux, adhesives) are used in SGI's manufacturing operations.
  • There are no operations or processes that are required to be authorized by a state or federal air permit.
  • The facility is classified as a Very Small Quantity Generator of hazardous waste since it generates much less than 220 pounds of hazardous waste (e.g., solvents, corrosives, paint-related material) per month. Small quantities of used oil, spent batteries, etc. are shipped offsite for recycling.
  • SGI does not conduct activities outdoors that would potentially contaminate storm water discharges. Therefore, it is not required to apply for or maintain a storm water discharge permit.
  • There are no process wastewaters generated at the facility.
  • SGI does not manufacture, process, or otherwise use chemicals in amounts exceeding the activity thresholds that would require submittal of a Toxic Release Inventory.
  • SGI maintains an Emergency Action Plan and routinely conducts drills to ensure emergency preparedness.

Using EMS to Drive Environmental Performance

SGI formally established and implemented an Environmental Management System (EMS) at its manufacturing facility in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin in 2002. The EMS is used to ensure environmental protection and compliance, and continuously improve SGI's environmental performance.

SGI's Environmental Aspects & Impacts

  1. SGI evaluated their activities, products, and services to identify all of the ways their operations could affect the environment so that they could focus their resources on addressing any and all resulting environmental aspects.
  2. The potential environmental impacts were defined for each environmental aspect of SGI's operations.
  3. An objective scoring system was used to evaluate each aspect to determine which environmental aspects are most significant based on their potential environmental impact, possible concern to customers or the community, cost impact to SGI's business, and its associated regulatory requirements.
  4. SGI focuses their continuous improvement efforts on addressing these significant environmental aspects.

Environmental Aspects

SGI's environmental aspects include:

  • material and chemical use
  • energy and water consumption
  • solid and hazardous waste generation
  • automotive fuel / oil use
  • scrap, excess & obsolescence

Examples of the environmental aspects associated with SGI's primary activities are:

  • Manufacturing

    • Material Use - sheet metal, printed wiring boards, plastics, paper, cardboard, foam, wood, cabling, packaging
    • Solid Waste Generation - foam, plastic film, corrugated, wood, paper, dust & particles, peanuts, metal banding, batteries, chemical waste
  • Logistics

    • Scrap, Excess & Obsolescence - printed wiring boards, disk drives, plastics, metals, power supplies, cables, software
  • Manufacturing Engineering

    • Energy Consumption - electricity, natural gas
    • Materials Selection

Potential Environmental Impacts

Material Use

  • use of natural resources
  • consumption of goods
  • use of recyclable
  • reuse of materials

Chemical Use

  • potential harm to environment if spilled or released
  • waste disposal
  • FA lab reduces scrap generation

Water Consumption

  • use of natural resources
  • domestic wastewater disposal
  • water conservation measures

Hazardous Waste Generation

  • potential harm to environment if released
  • waste minimization/source reduction

Solid Waste Generation

  • landfill disposal
  • potential for hydraulic/oil leaks from compactors
  • recycling/reuse

Automotive Fuel/Oil Use

  • use of natural resources
  • potential harm to environment if released
  • commute programs

Scrap, Excess, Obsolescence

  • resources to manage scrap
  • remanufacture/reuse