EMS – 10 Ways to Protect the Environment

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Establishing and implementing an Environmental Management System (EMS) is all about protecting the environment.  The following are 10 ways to protect the environment at your facility.

  1. Establish and implement an Environmental Management System to manage and protect the environment.  Consider implementing an ISO 14001 system.
  2. Compliance – Know and understand the laws and regulations that apply to your facility.
  3. Educate – Train and educate employees at all levels on their roles and responsibilities with respect to the environment.  Protecting the environment and maintaining a culture of compliance is everyone’s responsibility.
  4. Accountability – Protecting the environment and maintaining a culture of compliance is everyone’s responsibility.  Everyone must know and understand their role and responsibility.
  5. Courageous Leadership – Empower employees with the knowledge and responsibility to share ideas for reducing environmental impacts.
  6. Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle – Explore ideas to reduce waste, reuse resources, and recycle products to make the facility more efficient and reduce environmental impacts.
  7. Participation – Encourage employees to become involved in environmental inspections and initiatives.  Reward employees for innovative ideas and actions.
  8. Report – Establish an environment where all incidents are reported and investigated promptly.
  9. Assess Effectiveness – Assess the effectiveness of controls put in place to protect the environment.  Develop and implement new controls in high risk areas.
  10. Continual Improvement – Continually strive for new ways of doing things with a focus on protecting the environment.

Do you have any other tips to protect the environment?  Please share your comments and ideas below.


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