Should chemical use within a semiconductor facility be an aspect?

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Example - a process tool (Tool A) within a semiconductor facility uses chemicals, water, electricity and generates wastewater discharge, air emissions, and hazardous waste. I'm inclined to list the aspects as follows:

Activity = Tool A operation
Aspects (Impacts)
* Tool A air emissions (Potential degradation of air quality)
* Tool A electricity consumption (Natural resource depletion)
* Tool A waste water generation (potential degradation of water quality)
* Tool A haz waste generation (potential degradation of soil/air/water quality)

If you've already accounted for water and chemicals in the output, isn't it double counting to list the inputs (chemicals, water) as additional aspects for this activity?

As an aside - we've included volume of air emissions and waste generated as part of our impact scoring criteria in the past since this information is known at the tool-specific level. This wouldn't be possible for electricity, water, wastewater. Is it acceptable to do facility-wide activity/aspect/impact instead? I.e. Facility wastewater discharge, Facility electricity consumption, ...
 
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Example - a process tool (Tool A) within a semiconductor facility uses chemicals, water, electricity and generates wastewater discharge, air emissions, and hazardous waste. I'm inclined to list the aspects as follows:

Activity = Tool A operation
Aspects (Impacts)
* Tool A air emissions (Potential degradation of air quality)
* Tool A electricity consumption (Natural resource depletion)
* Tool A waste water generation (potential degradation of water quality)
* Tool A haz waste generation (potential degradation of soil/air/water quality)

If you've already accounted for water and chemicals in the output, isn't it double counting to list the inputs (chemicals, water) as additional aspects for this activity?

As an aside - we've included volume of air emissions and waste generated as part of our impact scoring criteria in the past since this information is known at the tool-specific level. This wouldn't be possible for electricity, water, wastewater. Is it acceptable to do facility-wide activity/aspect/impact instead? I.e. Facility wastewater discharge, Facility electricity consumption, ...
Any ISO 14001 experts that can help?

Thank you!!

Stijloor.
 
#3
An aspect is anything that can interact with the environment. Can the chemical interact? Undoubtedly so. The question is does the output chemical have a different interaction than the input chemical?

You already have chemicals listed as an aspect. I would not be too concerned with whether it is an input aspect, or an output aspect. In my mind it is an aspect. Whether it is significant or not is up to you, but I am sure you already have some rules for its use, storage, movement spill and disposal. I would suspect that writing a environmental program would not be that difficult.

Hope that helps
 
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