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Sustainable Development - Environmental Issues

SABS actively supports environmental conservation through the SANS 14001/ISO 14001 certification scheme, which represents the state of the art in environmental management practice worldwide. In addition, delivering FSC certification services in association with Soil Association services (Licence Code FSC-N001907)

Our partnership with the international Soil Association certification (Licence code FSC-N001907) provides an efficient locally based combined certification service for FSC ® forest management and chain of custody certification. This guarantees that timber originates in a forest or woodland that is responsibly managed to high environmental, social and economic standards, and that products from responsibly managed forests are a genuinely renewable resource.

We also improve quality of life by setting standards for the air that we breathe. This is illustrated by the publication of two important standards for air quality (SANS 69 and SANS 1929). These standards affect the work of persons concerned with air quality. They are linked to the Air Quality Bill. Our involvement with air quality extends to Conformity of Production (CoP) vehicle exhaust emission and noise tests. Exhaust emission tests are conducted to establish if emissions meet current and future global requirements.

Our standard for managing health care waste, SANS 10248, is of great significance, as it not only helps to improve management of such waste, but also to reduce the risks hospital workers are exposed to when handling such waste. We also contribute towards ensuring a healthy working environment for health care workers is by the monitoring of their exposure to radiation sources, such as X-ray machines. This includes monitoring the exposure levels of 20 000 radiation workers each month, resulting in 250 000 dosimeters being tested annually.

Our own business activities have a relatively low impact on the environment and therefore do not require substantial interventions. However, we ensure that all our processes are environmentally friendly, and comply with municipal, provincial and national requirements. Used materials and products are recycled or safely disposed of wherever possible. This ranges from empty printer cartridges to tin and glass waste products. We maintain an environmentally friendly Head Office site in Pretoria, and motorists visiting us are urged to give way to the guinea fowl, wild ducks, plovers and their chicks that freely roam our gardens.