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their sides, spilled some chemical onto
the ground. Or small containers were
allowed to fill with rainwater, which
in turn caused soil contamination. Or
even where old debris such as drums or
other containers could be incorporated
into fill material at the site. These are
bad situations that are going to raise
questions with regulators, the public,
your employees and potential investors
in your plant and company. And all
this is avoidable with a little common
sense housekeeping.
6. And speaking of your employees, recognize that few want to work in a dirty plant
environment, today more than ever with
the millennial generation. Plant morale
suffers at a dirty plant, where it appears
that things like working conditions,
environmental awareness and regulatory compliance aren't taken seriously.
Want more from your employees? Perhaps
provide a better work environment, starting with the cleanliness of the concrete
plant itself.
So you can see that there are a number of
benefits to a clean plant, which all comes back
to housekeeping. But where to begin? Here
are some simple strategies:
* Start with a general overall cleaning of the
plant site and then repeat every so often.
Pick up all trash, throughout your site
and on the inner and outer perimeter, and
dispose of that material properly. Get the
employees involved in this as well, by setting aside some time each month or so for
site cleaning activities.
* Provide - and use - trash receptacles with
lids and recycling bins. Nothing is worse
than an overflowing trash receptacle that
doesn't look like it's being emptied. Put
several trash receptacles through the site
and ensure that your plant employees
use them.
* Review your sweeping and cleanup activities at the plant. Are they often enough?
Comprehensive enough? Are spills
promptly and correctly being cleaned up?
Is tracked material being swept up? Develop
a program, write it down and document it,
and then ensure it's being followed.
* Get those empty tanks and drums out
of your site. I can't tell you the number
of times we visit sites with old tanks and
drums present on the site, waiting for a
vendor to remove them. Well, that time
has come; call the vendor and get rid of

them properly and appropriately. Make
this a priority.
* Train your employees and do this regularly. You understand the value and benefits
of your housekeeping program, and you
need their participation and cooperation.
That will only come through education via
regular training.
When it comes to housekeeping at a concrete plant, the benefits are many and tangible,
and usually, the implementation strategies are
simple enough. Often, we find that concrete
plant operators just need to get started with a

housekeeping program, train their employees
on it and follow through. Housekeeping at a
concrete plant isn't rocket science, but it does
pay real dividends at very low cost. In fact, it
likely has one of the highest returns on investment you may see at your concrete plant. ■
Douglas Ruhlin is an environmental/
sustainability consultant at Resource
Management Associates. For more
information, contact him at 609-693-8301
or doug@rmagreen.com. His company
website is www.RMAgreen.com.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Concrete inFocus - Fall 2017

From the President’s Desk
Corporate Suite
Enviroscene
2017 National Ready Mixed Concrete Association Fleet Benchmarking and Costs Survey
The Root Causes of Poor Communication
Insulating Concrete Forms for Commercial Construction
Engineering: Specifying for Performance
View from Capitol Hill: State of Play of U.S. Infrastructure
2017 Service & Supply Buyers’ Guide
2017 Products & Services Suppliers Guide
Index of Advertisers
Concrete inFocus - Fall 2017 - Intro
Concrete inFocus - Fall 2017 - bellyband1
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Concrete inFocus - Fall 2017 - cover1
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Concrete inFocus - Fall 2017 - From the President’s Desk
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Concrete inFocus - Fall 2017 - Corporate Suite
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Concrete inFocus - Fall 2017 - 13
Concrete inFocus - Fall 2017 - Enviroscene
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Concrete inFocus - Fall 2017 - 17
Concrete inFocus - Fall 2017 - 2017 National Ready Mixed Concrete Association Fleet Benchmarking and Costs Survey
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Concrete inFocus - Fall 2017 - The Root Causes of Poor Communication
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Concrete inFocus - Fall 2017 - Insulating Concrete Forms for Commercial Construction
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Concrete inFocus - Fall 2017 - Engineering: Specifying for Performance
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Concrete inFocus - Fall 2017 - View from Capitol Hill: State of Play of U.S. Infrastructure
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Concrete inFocus - Fall 2017 - 2017 Service & Supply Buyers’ Guide
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Concrete inFocus - Fall 2017 - 49
Concrete inFocus - Fall 2017 - 50
Concrete inFocus - Fall 2017 - 2017 Products & Services Suppliers Guide
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Concrete inFocus - Fall 2017 - Index of Advertisers
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