Sustainability, Environment
& Responsible Sourcing

Sustainability

The properties of low weight, high strength, corrosion resistance and durability are well known to specifiers of aluminium rainwater products; however, aluminium is also the optimum material from an environmental perspective too. Aluminium is a circular material as the metal is not consumed during its lifetime, but simply reused through recycling at the end of its product-life, not just once, but over and over again, all without detriment to its physical properties or its atomic structure. Effectively, users of aluminium hold the material on trust for future generations rather than consuming it within its current application, making aluminium a truly sustainable building material.

When wider consideration is given to the full environmental credibility of aluminium then one must look beyond just the recyclable nature of the material and also concentrate on the energy required for the production of recycled aluminium, which is only 5% of the energy required for primary aluminium production from bauxite. Where feasible, Dales Fabrications aims to use aluminium which is produced in areas where Hydro-Electric power is widely utilised in the material production process, therefore reducing emissions and the subsequent impact on the environment.

Recyclable aluminium products only emit 5% of the greenhouse gas emitted in primary aluminium production, perhaps it is no surprise then that the aluminium recycling industry has grown threefold in just 3 decades. Dales Fabrications are fully committed to recycling all aluminium and other metals that cannot be further utilised for production.

Of course, it is recognised that the use of sustainable building materials is just one component of an environmentally challenging matrix, but by choosing rainwater products manufactured from aluminium then you are a choosing a system that has made a positive, sustainable and long term impact to the environment, not just in the present but for future generations as the material is endlessly recycled.

Environmental policy

The Environmental Policy of Dales Fabrications Ltd (“the Company”) is to ensure so far as it is reasonably practicable that its operations will be carried out with a commitment to protecting and enhancing the environment. The same commitment will be expected to be shown by contractors working for the company.

This is a fundamental principle of the Company’s business.

The Company aims to establish a high priority of its principles in the corporate strategy. Concern and awareness for the environment is the responsibility of the Directors of the Company.

The Company therefore seeks to comply with all relevant environmental legislation and regulation. It also aims to establish higher standards of environmental performance where these are practicable and appropriate. The Company’s employees have a legal and moral obligation to carry out their duties with concern for the environment. All Company employees must adhere to the aims and objectives of this Policy.

In the event of an environmental accident or incident at work, it is a Company requirement that the details are promptly and properly reported to the Directors who will investigate and take prompt action to make good and avoid recurrence. All contractors working on behalf of the Company are required to adopt environmental standards fully consistent with those of the Company and they are expected to achieve comparable levels of performance.

1. Objectives

In accordance with its stated policy, the Company has produced the following list of objectives as a sound framework for the introduction of practices to implement the Environmental Policy:

1.1 Compliance with Government Legislation and Local Government Regulations

1.2 Swift response to accidents or incidents that have a potential to threaten the environment

1.3 The provision of advice on the safe handling of company products, their transportation and their final disposal to customers, contractors, etc.

1.4 The disposal of any waste products in ways that show concern for the environment

1.5 To use only registered carriers to dispose of waste, and to recycle wherever possible

1.6 To encourage the development of products, processes and equipment with concern for the future of the environment

1.7 To communicate freely on environmental matters with government officials, employees, customers and members of the public

1.8 To provide training for all employees as appropriate to enable them to carry out their job functions in a manner that shows care for the environment

1.9 To carry out environmental audits when required

1.10 To promote environmental principles by sharing experience with regulatory bodies, other companies, employees and members of the public

1.11 In implementing this formal Environmental Policy Statement, the Company will focus on action to conserve resources and energy, to minimise emission to air, water and land and to increase recycling rates

1.12 The Company will also seek to influence legislative developments and improve public understanding of environmental matters concerning the business

The policy statement will be regularly reviewed and updated as necessary. The management team endorses these policy statements and is fully committed to their implementation.

This Environmental Policy Statement has been approved & authorised by: Kathryn Prosser, Company Secretary (30th October 2018)

Responsible Sourcing

The Responsible Sourcing Policy of Dales Fabrications Ltd (“the Company”) is to ensure so far as it is reasonably practicable that its operations will be carried out with a commitment to ensuring that it operates Responsible Sourcing when procuring materials and services from its suppliers and subcontractors. The same commitment will be expected to be shown by contractors & other suppliers working for the company.

This is a fundamental principle of the Company’s business.

The Company aims to establish a high priority of its principles in the corporate strategy. Concern and awareness for the environment and society through the operation of a responsible sourcing policy is ultimately the responsibility of the Directors of the Company, but all staff are expected to adhere to the principles of responsible sourcing.

The Company therefore seeks to comply with all relevant environmental legislation and regulation. It also aims to establish higher standards of environmental performance where these are practicable and appropriate, which includes the operation of its responsible sourcing policy.

The Company’s employees have a legal and moral obligation to carry out their duties with concern for the environment through responsible sourcing. All Company employees must adhere to the aims and objectives of this Policy.

In the event that a material or supplier is not compliant with Dales’ responsible sourcing policy, it is a Company requirement that the details of the contravention are promptly and properly reported to the Directors who will investigate and take prompt action to make good and avoid recurrence.

All contractors working on behalf of the Company are required to adopt responsible sourcing standards fully consistent with those of the Company and they are expected to achieve comparable levels of performance.

Dales operates ISO 9001:2015 quality assurance, responsible sourcing and an environmental policy, proof of which, including our current ISO 9001:2015 certificate are available on our website at www.dales-eaves.co.uk.

Dales operate a policy of responsible procurement with all our major suppliers being ISO 9001 quality assured, which ensures traceability.

As at January 2020: All major suppliers of raw materials to Dales all hold ISO 9001, these include our suppliers of:

• aluminium sheet,
• aluminium extrusion and
• steel

The majority of our aluminium extrusion profiles are supplied by a UK extruder with both ISO 9001 & ISO 14001

Both our major fixings manufacturers hold both ISO 9001 & ISO 14001
All the major architectural polyester brands that we use hold ISO 9001 & ISO 14001

Our metal scrap waste providers hold ISO 9001 & ISO 14001 and OHSAS18001.

All of our subcontract powder coating applicators, like our own plant are ISO 9001 Quality Assured.

A number of suppliers also hold ISO 14001, however, at present there are not enough suppliers with ISO 14001 to make it commercially viable for us to insist that all our suppliers attain it. We are unaware presently whether any of our suppliers hold BES 6001 certification.

The policy statement will be regularly reviewed and updated as necessary. The management team endorses these policy statements and is fully committed to their implementation.

This Environmental Policy Statement has been approved & authorised by Kathryn Prosser, Company Secretary (1st January 2020)

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Profile, Colour and surface finish samples available to order.

VISIT OUR FACTORY

Dales welcomes all specifiers, engineers and clients to see our solutions being manufactured first hand.

Send your drawings

Involve our design team early for optimum solutions by uploading your 2D drawings or provide a link to your 3D model here.

Request site visit

We can bring our experience and expertise directly to you at your site.

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