10 Top Tips for EMS
You know I extol the virtues of Environmental Management Systems. The commercial benefits include efficiencies, cost savings and winning new business.
I have helped numerous organisations implement formal systems for managing their key environmental impacts. Some of these have also gone on to certify to the international standard ISO 14001.
There are a number of stages when implementing an ISO 14001 EMS.
Here are 10 top tips to think about:
- Get support and commitment from senior management to make sure your EMS isn’t at odds with business strategy.
- Use your existing systems (H&S, quality, performance management) to deliver environmental improvements following the Plan-Do-Check-Act process.
- Set up an EMS Group and appoint an Environmental Manager (could be part-time) to drive the system forward.
- Develop your policy, objectives and action plans, and ensure all involved understand their roles and responsibilities.
- Communicate with your staff to get them motivated and engaged, giving specific training where needed.
- Involve your customers and suppliers to cover up- and down-stream impacts.
- Encourage staff from across the organisation to train as internal auditors.
- Understand the commercial benefits of the system and share your achievements.
- Don’t try to do everything at once – set realistic timetables.
- Regularly review your ISO 14001 system to ensure continual improvement.
Let me help you put ISO 14001 into your organisation.