Essay Environmental Management Systems

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Environmental Management Systems

. ISO 14001 is a management standard, it is not a performance or product standard. The underlying purpose of ISO 14001 is that companies will improve their environmental performance by implementing ISO 14001, but there are no standards for performance or the level of improvement. It is a process for managing company activities that impact the environment.

The Environmental Management System contains the following elements:
 An environmental policy supported by top management .
 Identification of environmental aspects and significant impacts.
 Identification of legal and other requirements.
 Environmental goals, objectives, and targets that support the
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5. Present results of gap analysis to management and receive approval for continuation of the process. 6. Project committee prepares a draft environmental policy with top managment participation. Project committee then:  Designs a procedure to identify the environmental aspects of the operation.
 Identifies environmental aspects and impacts.
 Designs a procedure to identify legal and other requirements of the organization.
 Identifies legal and other requirements.
 Creates environmental objectives and targets for each relevant function and level in the organization.
 Establishes a program for achieving targets and objectives. 7. Present EMS to top management for approval. 8. Top management accepts EMS. 9. Policy and EMS are implemented and an audit function is established. 10. A final gap analysis is performed to determine if the organization is ready for a registration audit. Organization applies for certification by outside auditors.

2. Get Registered Organizations are registered by outside auditors or "registrars" as meeting the ISO 14000 standard. The registration can be for a specific company site, for several sites, or for the entire company. Very specific attributes of an EMS are specified in the 14001 standard. The steps in the registration process are:  Establish the scope of

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