The Snap-on EH&S Management System serves as the organizing framework that enables us to achieve and sustain our environmental, operational, and business objectives. Environmental risks and liabilities—most directly related to potential changes in regulations—are managed through the Snap-on EH&S Management System, which is applied worldwide. The System is based upon continual improvement and is certified to ISO 14001:2015 and OHSAS 18001:2007, verified through Det Norske Veritas (DNV) Certification, Inc.
Our EH&S Management System allows for proactive management of regulatory requirements and deadlines and completion of corrective actions. Reviewing our performance against the stated goals and principles ensures the ongoing value of the System.
Internal environmental compliance reviews are conducted regularly at all Snap-on facilities to verify that we are meeting applicable government requirements, as well as internal standards. Our internal self-assessments and environmental reviews go well beyond simple compliance with regulatory requirements, resulting in ever-increasing levels of performance. We hold regular meetings with facilities to close identified gaps and promote continual learning throughout the process.
Our facilities conserve energy and natural resources through the prudent use of energy, the elimination or reduction of pollution at its source, and the proper disposal or effective treatment of any waste that is not recycled.
Highlights of these efforts include the following:
ENERGY: Snap-on is continually searching for areas of improvement and new innovations to maximize the output of our energy usage. In turn, we remain committed to making capital investments to increase the operational efficiency of our manufacturing facilities.
AIR: All Snap-on locations with emissions are properly permitted and comply with applicable air-related emission requirements. To protect air quality in the communities in which we have facilities, Snap-on has removed equipment, replaced processes, and invested in equipment to maximize efficiencies that ensure compliance.
WATER: Snap-on has designed, developed, and patented technology to reduce the water requirements in our manufacturing operations. The treated water at our manufacturing locations that is returned to its source meets or exceeds the applicable regulatory standards.
USED OIL: Used oil is recycled per local, state, country, or regional requirements. Our facilities have established agreements with contractors to dispose of or recycle any used oil appropriately.
WASTE: The disposal of industrial waste complies with all local, state and government requirements.
RECYCLED WASTE: Throughout our operations we strive to create processes that maximize raw material yield and minimize recycled and industrial waste. Any broken tools or end-of-life products can be returned to Snap-on for appropriate processing and recycling.
Snap-on maintains a greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory, and we submit certain carbon emission data annually to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP).
As an industrial company, our exposure to inherent risks driven by changes in climate-related developments is lower than the exposure of consumer businesses, and not materially different than for other industrial companies of similar size. Review of data collected during previous periods suggests minimal changes in Snap-on’s emissions over the next five years.
Snap-on has and will continue to provide solutions in the alternative energy arena, as well as solutions to improve efficiency in conventional energy usage.