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Transcript of EMS Basics
what to do
and how to do it
do what we say we're going to do!
did everything go according to plan?
how can we do better next time?
what's my role?
trail map for success
training & awareness
know their role in EcoLogix
company wide policies & guidelines
ensure adequate resources available
liaison with corporate and third parties
property specific policies & guidelines
goal setting & tracking
training & outreach
understand & implement
Managers & Directors
show me the evidence
prevent & correct
complete the cycle
element of an organization’s activities or products or services that
with the environment
to the environment wholly or partially resulting from an organization’s aspects
knowledge is power
Training ensures that
are aware of:
emergency programs and procedures
occupational health & safety issues
injury & illness prevention programs
the environmental impacts of their work
their roles & responsibilities
Before beginning work, all employees go through
New Hire Orientation
. Other training methods include:
departmental training (OTJ) for special requirements
weekly pre-shift environmental & safety topics
one-off training as necessary
annual refresher training
proper documentation and retention of training records is required to demonstrate that adequate training is accomplished.
Defined responsibilities and training to ensure competence
monitoring & measuring
are key to demonstrating continual improvement
some things we measure
percentage of employees trained
number of emergency drills
WWTP daily effluent flow
number of regulatory violations
ecometrix (resource tracking)
example: percentage of employees receiving training
example: pounds of recycling collected
Effective measurement systems
If a successful training program is implemented...
it should lead to an improvement in lagging indicators, e.g. increased recycling.
quantifiable short term goals
to achieve objectives
consumption, purchase and/or disposition of
2 reportable sanitary sewer overflows
metrix is up to date.
review internal audit nonconformances
Propane use remained the same.
that enables an
and reduce their
to ensure that actual or potential compliance issues and EMS nonconformities are addressed quickly and effectively using a formal corrective-action process.
Nonconformance, corrective and preventive action steps are to:
Identify the problem
Investigate to identify the root cause
Come up with the solution
Implement the solution
Document the solution
Communicate the solution
Evaluate the effectiveness of the solution
Focus on correcting and preventing problems. Preventing problems is generally cheaper than
fixing them after they occur.
Examples of entries:
An element of ISO 14001 not implemented
Procedures not developed or not implemented
Failure to take corrective or preventive action
Several or repetitive minor non-conformances
action fixes the immediate problem (e.g., repair a leaking valve)
action is designed to stop the problem occurring again, or stop problems before they happen (e.g., improved maintenance procedures)
Effective preventive actions are a key to CONTINUAL IMPROVEMENT
root cause analysis (RCA)
Environmental monitoring results not submitted to government on time
Possible root causes:
Responsibility for reporting not clearly communicated
Inadequate training or awareness of reporting schedule requirements
Written procedure not available
Insufficient supervision and checking
Xanterra's EMS is called
long term & tied to corporate wide goals