I am the Health & Safety Coordinator for ISPA Store Fixtures, a millwork company based in Georgetown, ON. Although this is my official job title, I wear many hats in this role and as such, have responsibility for investigating areas outside of the realm of Health & Safety, including, (CSR) Corporate Social Responsibility as well as environmental and sustainability issues relating to our business.
In May 2013 I attended a workshop called Dollars to Sense which was geared to help businesses identify cost saving opportunities through increased energy efficiency. The workshop was very illuminating and shone the light on a number of areas in our business where we could reap the benefits of improvements in technology, as regards improved efficiencies and demand reduction.
One of the most staggering examples illustrated was the cost of compressed air. Compressed air is a vital component of the millwork industry as it powers most hand tools, saws, and machines and is also used for spraying and drying paints and adhesives and cleaning surfaces of dust and debris.