EHS Practices and Initiatives

Interloop Limited, being a socially responsible organization, has been responding positively to emerging societal priorities and expectations. Among the organization's highest priorities is its moral and legal responsibility to provide a safe and healthy environment for its stakeholders. In aspiring to become better environmental stewards, Interloop acknowledges the need of strong environmental, health and safety (EHS) management. EHS, as an independent department, was established in 2007.

EHS Department is committed to operating in a manner that reduces environmental, health and safety risks to all its stakeholders. The department is organized in four sections, each containing various numbers of functional workgroups and providing assorted services.

The four sections are:

  • Compliance of Customer Code of Conduct (COC) and Certification
  • Safety
  • Medical Health Unit
  • Environment

Practices

The Compliance section assists Interloop in achieving its objectives with effective, efficient, and safe operations by ensuring conformance to applicable laws, regulations, policies, and standards. It develops and administers systems and procedures to comply with legal and regulatory requirements, detects and investigates potential breaches and rectifies and reports on them.

The occupational health and safety practitioners in the company strive to foster the development of safety consciousness in order to minimize the risk of injury to persons and damage to property or facilities. At Interloop, safety is everyone's responsibility. The Safety section works to thoroughly familiarize the employees with their safety responsibilities, strives to follow safety practices at all times, acts proactively to prevent accidents and injuries, communicates potential hazards to supervisors, and ensures the preparedness for emergencies that may occur in the workplace. Education and trainings lead to safer practices among workers and are an important part of an effective occupational health and safety program.

To protect the health and well-being of our employees, Interloop has established a round-the-clock Medical Health Unit which provides first aid equipment, personnel and facilities to manage any possible workplace injuries and illnesses. It dispenses necessary medications and medical supplies and is the custodian of ambulances fitted with necessary life-saving support accessories to providing emergency evacuation.

Contemporary EHS Initiatives

Effluent Treatment Plant – Investment for Future Generations

The world`s water resources are shrinking every passing day and it is one of the greatest threats, which the future generations will be facing. Water pollution is the biggest threat to water resources and the problem is becoming worse with the industrial expansion especially in the third world countries where level of awareness is not high. Interloop understands the responsibility towards its environment and always takes measures to reduce any such impact on environment. As the effluent from dye house is the potential environmental issue, Interloop Limited has state-of-the-art effluent treatment plants at every manufacturing unit to effectively undertake treatment requirements. The operation of these activated sludge based effluent treatment plants is round the clock; it is meeting not only the National Environmental Quality Standards (NEQS) but also the more stringent parameters from the world`s leading brands. The largest effluent treatment plant has the capacity of treating 180m3/hour. We have a centralized laboratory to closely monitor the parameters and ensure that the effluent discharged into the environment is within safe limits.

Biogas Plant­ – a Step towards Conservation and Sustainability

In conjunction with our firm commitment to occupational health and safety management, we are driven by a spur of green growth. For our future to be sustainable and economically viable, we realize the need to ensure that our industry does not harm the environment and is not instrumental in global climate change. One of the several measures that Interloop has taken in this regard is the installation of a food waste treatment plant (or biogas plant) to utilize the solid food / kitchen waste. It is part of our comprehensive waste management system that emphasizes source reduction, reuse and recycling, and is based on the dictum that “Nothing Should Go Waste”. The biogas plant is a modern portable organic waste treatment plant. It consists of kitchen waste shredding facilities, an anaerobic digester, biogas collection and compression systems, and piping for compressed biogas to take it to the canteen for using as part of fuel substitute for LPG. The plant has a capacity to treat 200 kg/day of food waste and if operated at full capacity, will be able to produce biogas equivalent to 200 kg of LPG/month.

Implementation of 3R in Waste Management

Throughout the Interloop facility's life cycle, a variety of waste streams and waste products are generated. Interloop has an extensive waste management program underway. All the wastewater produced from textile processing undergoes treatment before it is discharged to the environment. The hazardous wastes are safely handled and stored, and are sent either for recycling or for incineration. The non-hazardous waste, which includes left over socks, polythene bags, card board, paper cones, and cartons etc. are collected from each department and are stored in Waste Store before these are disposed off to recyclers. The aim is to minimize waste from all of the Interloop facility's activities and apply sustainable waste management and disposal methods through the waste management hierarchy of 'avoid, reduce, recycle, recover, treat and dispose'.

Control of Air Emissions:

EHS maintains an inventory of stationary as well as Company owned vehicle-air-emission sources. An inventory of asbestos, CFC (Chlorofluorocarbon) or any Ozone Depleting Substance (ODS) is also maintained if required within the facility.

The quarterly monitoring of air emission sources is carried out to ensure that the emissions are under permissible limits. If there is any deviation from the permissible limits, the operation of that equipment is shut down immediately for subsequent remedial measures.