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Nikolay Korinteli, Quality Assurance Director of SPC "Doza": "It is not enough to produce 100% quality products, it is also important not to harm the environment"


Nowadays an issue of environmental safety of production is becoming more and more topical. Nikolay Korinteli, Quality Assurance Director of SPC "Doza", told the information portal "Atomic Energy 2.0" about a successful experience of implementation of environmental management international standards at the enterprise.

How have you come to an understanding that it is necessary to invest in ensuring the environmental safety of production?

- The scientific and production company "Doza" does business in a field that is very close to environmental safety radiation safety monitoring and assurance. Radiation monitoring equipment and systems (RMS) developed and manufactured by the company are intended for timely warning of malfunctions in processes of NPP and other nuclear facilities to prevent any accidents and emissions to the atmosphere. Accordingly, RMS control the processes both inside and in nearby areas, and provide environmental radiation monitoring. Therefore, ecology is a very important issue for us.

Environmental management is the next stage of quality development. It is a management of processes which results directly affect the environment to prevent any harm to it and eliminate the caused damage. Nowadays it is no longer enough just to produce a quality product, the buyer is to be sure that a plant that stands at his/her side does not discharge harmful emissions in the manufacture of products. It is logical that when buying a product, if you suddenly find out that during its production some waste was leaked into your favorite lake, you will no longer want to buy it.

Thus, quality management is gradually moving from the usual quality control of products and control of processes to risk management, and then to the next stage, which in developed countries began in the 80s, to environmental management. As I have already said, it is not enough to produce 100% quality products, it has become important when manufacturing the products, not to harm the environment. There is an opinion that an enterprise that does not pay due attention to environmental protection activities is not able to produce high-quality products, and companies with a serious burden of environmental problems can simply be thrown out of modern business. While for all conscientious producers it has become obvious that to maintain their position and, even more so, to develop it, it is necessary to take environmental requirements into account when forming their strategy and long-term planning.

And when did the implementation of environmental management system in SPC "Doza" begin?

Our company implemented a quality management system in 2003. And already in the 2010s we pro-actively started implementing within the enterprise an environmental management and occupational health and safety system. Last year we went through an international certification for compliance with the standard Environmental management systems ISO 14001: 2015 and GOST R ISO 14001-2016 Environmental Management System and received the certificate. We have an environmental expert on the staff, Regina Yegorkina, Ph.D..

How important is it for SPC "Doza" to comply with the leading international environmental standards for exporting its scientific and technical products to the foreign markets?

As the leading developers of radiation monitoring equipment, we strategically need to expand exports, both within the framework of the facilities being built by the SC Rosatom, and in the segment of direct deliveries to other countries. These ambitions make us fly high and be proactive by implementing international standards not only in part of ecology, but also to design and develop equipment that complies with the requirements of the IEC (IEC - International Electrotechnical Commission). The direction led by our chief designer Yuri Martynyuk successfully copes with this task.

What measures were taken and what was done to implement the environmental management system at the enterprise?

From the point of view of environmental management, we started from simple things. First, we replaced the fluorescent lamps with more eco-friendly and economical LED ones. The next step is to collect waste paper and sell it as a secondary raw material. Every month there is a centralized collection of waste paper from all departments and divisions of the enterprise, after which we hand it over for further processing. We also have a machine assembly shop. Little waste is generated there: shavings from metalworking and metal from laser cutting. Accordingly, we collect all the waste and also hand it over.

Another step has become a disposal of batteries. In small quantities, but we have them; they are left after the repairs of units or in the production, where batteries are installed. Therefore, we have signed a contract with the company that takes and disposes of them.

Now all the waste generated at the enterprise as a result of production or deliveries, we send for disposal or recycling.

In the later stages of development of our environmental initiative, we developed policies and goals in the field of quality, ecology and occupational health and safety. We have plans for each year, and we try to evaluate the effectiveness of our actions in terms of environmental management.

As our founder and IEC expert Kubeysin Nurlybaev says, "You don't have to invent a bicycle, take international standards and don't even translate them, use the original." Following this recommendation, we are well aware of the requirements of ISO 14001: 2015, that allows us to be in the trend.

Why has the issue of environmental safety become particularly important and topical for you?

I believe that each of us has to take care of the state of the environment and I am proud that our company exercises control over the ecological environment. After all, the planet is our home and we must do everything to keep it clean for future generations. The programs and environmental initiatives that the state implements are good, but everyone should also think about their personal contribution. I have already started sorting the garbage and handing it over for further processing. I am glad that this opportunity has appeared.

It is important that not only businesses and the state try to protect the environment, each of us should start, first of all, with ourselves. Recently I read a wonderful book to my child "History of garbage from ancient waste to plastic recycling". It contains a lot of interesting, often shocking facts about the consequences of the common and well-known garbage cans. Plagues and epidemics that claim millions of lives are the consequences of creating garbage cans. It is good that in our time there are educational programs for children that allow forming a habit of caring for the preservation of the environment from the earliest years.