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Your organization’s Environmental Management System (EMS) is all about recognizing environmental risks, deciding which are most important, taking action to minimize those risks, and ultimately enhancing environmental performance. Depending on those risks, you may be performing actions to ensure you’re compliant with obligations from regulatory agencies and interested parties. Depending on the size of your organization, these actions demand management of a great deal of data. Data related to tracking actions and effectiveness of those actions are vital pieces of evidence to support compliance. For instance, the organization can have a schedule for audits, a schedule for inspections, a schedule for sampling, and a schedule to complete objectives…but does the organization have a schedule that makes sure the EMS as a whole is doing its job? This schedule should include a broader, more holistic approach. This can include: discussions with Top Management, checking on sustained progress on environmental objectives, an audit schedule, specific times to evaluate environmental aspects and impacts, and so on.
What about all the records and data you need to keep and maintain to demonstrate compliance with regulatory obligations and conformance with your EMS? Is there a repository for records (e.g., inspection records, sampling data, metrics for objectives)? Is there a master calendar or schedule for EMS activities – either paper or electronic?
Having the right tools to manage your holistic systems solution enhances efficiency, accuracy, and accountability. It ensures that your organization is on track and can demonstrate its enhanced environmental performance. Tools like the EHS DashboardTM can be part of your holistic systems solution. Using this tool increases transparency and effectiveness of your systems management, elevating your EMS Program to new levels. Once an organization is confident around the data being collected related to systems, real progress can be made towards continually improving environmental performance.
If you are interested in how Capaccio’s EHS Dashboard can help, please contact Cristina Mendoza at 774-249-2418 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
As we mentioned in a previous post, ISO 45001:2018 (the health and safety management system set to replace OHSAS 18001:2007) has been approved for publication as a final ISO standard. ISO has indicated that ISO 45001:2018 is scheduled to be published on March 12, 2018. Keep a watch on the ISO website so you can obtain a copy as soon as its available.
System transitions can require a great deal of resource input if not approached strategically. CAPACCIO can assist you with transitioning your existing OHSAS 18001:2007 health and safety management system to the new ISO 45001:2018 requirements to realize the greatest value in your existing processes and future ISO 45001:2018 system.