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LizzieWeakley posted a blog entry in Lizzie Weakley's Green BlogIf you run a business that needs a new location built or own a company that manages commercial construction projects, there are some ways that you can help ensure the work is done in the most ethical way possible. Sticking to a strong code of ethics throughout the construction project can be good for both you and the world around you. Here are four tips for ethical management of new company construction projects. Recycle Materials Many of the materials that are used in construction projects can be recycled. All too often, leftover materials that could have been recycled end up in the trash that goes to landfills and creates additional environmental hazards. Most types of plastics and metals are recyclable. Glass and wood can also be repurposed for future use. Another great way to show environmental responsibility is by purchasing construction materials that are made from recycled products. Hire Local-Based Labor Hiring locally instead of bringing in staff members from other cities, states or countries can be better for the local economy and provide more people with jobs. Hiring locally also makes it easier for you to find the most qualified and ethical staff members and run the appropriate background checks on them. Labor Works is just one of many staffing companies that can supply you with the employees you need to complete your construction project. Go Above and Beyond Safety Measures In addition to meeting the standard safety measures, you can put in more effort to ensure that everyone at the construction site stays safe. This includes providing extra safety for your construction workers along with any other employees who might be working at the site. A great way to learn about the proper safety measures that you should be taking and the extra things that you can do to keep everyone safe is to read the guidelines set forth by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Use High-Quality, Low-Emission Machinery There are many types of construction machinery that emit low amounts of pollutants while still being excellent in quality. Other types of machinery often emit more pollutants that can diminish air quality and contribute to more harmful effects of greenhouse gases. Making sure that high-quality, low-emission machinery is used in your construction can help your business reduce its carbon footprint. Tractors, forklifts and generators are just a few types of construction machinery that come in low-emission models. Ethical construction management is possible with the right planning, equipment and staff. You’re sure to see many benefits when you maintain an ethical commercial construction project.