Original Date: 04/20/1998
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Information : Chemical Reduction Program
Prior to 1991, ITT Aerospace/Communications Division (A/CD) lacked hazardous chemical reduction goals, and had no formal review team to monitor the chemicals being used in its manufacturing process. At that time also, government mandates regarding hazardous chemicals were being formulated throughout the United States. Awareness of these chemicals and their health risk to employees began to grow at ITT A/CD. In 1991, the company initiated a Chemical Reduction program and set up a Chemical Review Board.
The Chemical Review Board establishes the chemical reduction goals at ITT A/CD. In conjunction with the Board, a multi-functional team evaluates the chemicals used in the manufacturing process based on toxicity, regulatory status, and quantity. This team is also responsible for implementing the Board’s reduction goals. Quarterly reports are then generated by the Board, and sent to ITT A/CD’s local officials and corporate management. In addition, the Chemical Review Board posts all accomplishments and decisions regarding the program on the company’s Intranet for employees to view.
ITT A/CD significantly reduced its hazardous chemicals between 1990 and March 1998 (Figure 3-2). Over the last four years, the company achieved a reduction rate of 5% to 15% per year. Since implementing its Chemical Reduction program, ITT A/CD decreased its conformal coating usage by more than 50%; achieved substantial savings by switching to a no-clean flux for its flow soldering process (a cooperative effort between ITT A/CD and its government customers); and established a cleaner, healthier environment for its employees and community.
Figure 3-2. Hazardous Chemicals Reduced
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