AMA recognises the importance of proactive environmental protection and mitigating the environmental risks associated with our industry.
We are committed to meeting the highest standard of business excellence in an environmentally responsible and sustainable way by:
- Complying with all environmental legislative and regulatory obligations relevant to the smash repair industry;
- Implementing high standards of environmental management and monitoring compliance to them;
- Providing training and support to employees to give them the skills and awareness to achieve a high level of environmental responsibility; and
- Building a culture whereby staff contribute and participate in environmental programs and improve their behaviour to the best possible level.
We are continually working to set new benchmarks for industry environmental protection through proactive procurement, implementing best-practice business operations and participating in industry partnerships which seek to find solutions to wider industry challenges.
Our business invests circa $3 million annually in capital expenditure, and a significant portion of these funds go toward best-in-practice training and equipment in safety and mitigating environmental risk.
We have an acute focus on health and safety and have implemented a number of programs to protect our people and the communities we live in, including:
GemSafe is a bespoke initiative that allows AMA to best manage its corporate compliance and obligations surrounding Work Health & Safety. GemSafe is being rolled out to all AMA Panel Division facilities. The roll-out includes all bodyshops, support and distribution centres and covers all states and territories in Australia and New Zealand.
The GemSafe technology will also assist AMA to schedule and manage our primary capital plant and equipment through a robust maintenance schedule. This schedule covers the routine service of our spray booths, mixing rooms and preparation bays, fire equipment, compressors and welders, test and tag and hearing, spirometry and booth breathable air testing for our personnel.
AMA has worked closely with Monit to develop a series of questions for managers and toolbox talks on a monthly basis. Each manager will have 30 days to complete their monthly questions and toolbox talks which will be returned to AMA and Monit for auditing.
AMA is leading the way and raising the bar on environmental protection through our partnership with Torque. We are taking our environmental commitment to the next level by partnering with Adaptation Environmental Support Pty Ltd, a leading environmental agency, to launch its specialty environmental management Torque.
Torque is a pioneering program for collision repair businesses which helps management and staff improve their environmental behaviours. It combines a solid foundation of industry experience, risk appreciation and consideration of the ISO 14001 requirements for an effective environmental management system.
AMA is working to have all sites Torque-accredited in 2020.
The AMA Group embraces the challenge of climate change and has invested in a number of initiatives to contribute to reducing harmful emissions.
In addition to our GemSafe and Torque programs (see Our Programs) we practice the following measures including:
Reducing Energy Consumption – turning off lights after hours, fitting LED lights wherever possible, utilising air conditioning at minimum levels, and disconnecting devices from plugs when not required.
Renewable Energies – avoiding fossil fuels where possible across our sites.
Reducing Waste – avoiding disposable cups and using kitchen crockery instead; no plastic stirrers and capsules for coffee machines; reducing printing by using double side prints and re-using paper for drafts, and a significant focus on recycling correctly.
Choose Greener Materials and Equipment – choosing more environment-friendly purchases including new printers, air conditioners, laptops, screens, bulbs and office materials.
Reducing travel – preference video conferencing over taking a flight where possible; reducing car trips in favour of public transportation; if car travel is essential look at carpooling.