Environmental Management System (EMS)

 

Is it appropriate to implement and incorporate a strategic EMS into your business?

 

An Environmental Management System or EMS is a practiced system that upper level managers can use to identify, measure and manage the effects of the company’s activities on the environment.

 

An EMS provides the framework that will help the company achieve its environmental goals through consistent control of its operations.  An EMS is an often overlooked tool that, when effectively designed, can significantly help a company to improve its environmental performance and bottom line.

 

Our representatives will specifically tailor your EMS to your company’s air permit and operational capabilities.  EMSs are most effective when they are part of normal business activities rather than treated as separate programs or initiatives.

 

Even if you already have an EMS in place you may benefit from a reevaluation of its structure.  Having a fresh set of eyes reassess your established practices will often result in the introduction of new and more efficient ways to approach a given directive.  

 

Incorporating an EMS into your company’s routine is a proactive approach whose long term benefits can improve environmental performance, enhance compliance, prevent pollution, increase efficiency/reduced costs, enhance employee morale, enhance the company’s image with public, regulators, lenders, investors and ultimately save money.

 

The goals of this process are to: 

  • reduce environmental impacts
  • eliminate waste where possible
  • assure compliance with relevant regulations, and
  • improve training and collaboration among managers and staff

 

Modern EMSs go a step further through ISO14001 certification to strive for continuous education and improvement. According to the EPA, the most commonly used framework for an EMS is the one develped by the ISO.

 

Contact a Cemtek Representative today to discuss how we can design an EMS specifically tailored to your facility.

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WHAT IS DOES ISO STAND FOR AND WHAT IS INVOLVED?

ISO stands for the International Organization for Standardization. 

 

The ISO is an independent, non-governmental international organization that brings together experts to share knowledge and develop voluntary, consensus-based, market relevant International Standards that support innovation and provide solutions to global challenges.  For businesses these international standards are strategic tools that reduce costs by minimizing waste and errors and increasing productivity.

WHAT IS ISO 14001?

SO 14001 falls under the ISO 14000, a family of standards that provide practical tools for all kinds of companies and organizations looking to manage their environmental responsibilities.

 

ISO 14001 focuses on environmental systems to achieve this.  Revised every 5 years, the most recent revision responds to the latest trends and ensures it’s compatibility with other management system standards.  It puts greater focus on leadership, added a communication strategy, increased the prominence of environmental management within the organization's strategic planning processes and more.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF INCORPORATING AN EMS?

  • Improved environmental performance
  • Enhanced compliance
  • Pollution prevention
  • Resource conservation
  • New customers/markets
  • Increased efficiency/reduced costs
  • Enhanced employee morale
  • Enhanced image with public, regulators, lenders, investors
  • Employee awareness of environmental issues and responsibilities