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Technical - Process Hierachy

As you are probably closer to the technology, it is quite likely that you have some good any technical proposals as you know best what goes on. You may be more valuable than expensive technology to save money and reduce environmental impacts.

The best way to consider the technical elements of an activity is to use the process hierarchy.

This applies the waste minimisation principles - reduce, re-use, recover and recycle, to process operations.

The hierarchy operates in a similar way to that used for industrial hygiene - i.e. the closer you can get to the source of the problem, the more effective the solution will be. So if you can redesign a product or process to eliminate a problem this is best. This makes substituting raw material specifications or making process and procedural changes unnecessary.

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