ISO 14001 Certification - Environmental Management Systems: A Practical Guide for Preparing Effective Environmental Management Systems

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9780131994072: ISO 14001 Certification - Environmental Management Systems: A Practical Guide for Preparing Effective Environmental Management Systems
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There have been many significant events in the field of environmental management, however, most pale in comparison to the addition of environmental management into the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) certification system. This mo numental event is expected to occur in 1996, with many organizations starting to prepare now. A great amount of effort is presently being spent by many committees around the world to establish this new environmental management set of standards that will be entitled the ISO 14000 series.

New regulations that require environmental management systems are implemented almost daily in most countries. It has always been a challenge for the environmental manager to decide which systems to design and how to implement them in a cost-effective way. When you add the comprehensive environmental management systems that will now be required for ISO 14001 certification, the task for the environmental manager could easily become overwhelming. This book was prepared to offer practical guidance concerning selection, design and implementation of the environmental management systems necessary to achieve ISO 14001 certification which in turn will help meet the regulations.

Once the standard is in place, it is expected that customers will require their product suppliers to be ISO 14001 certified. In addition, some service suppliers who have an impact on the environment will also probably be expected to obtain an ISO 14001 certification. Certification will imply to the customer that when the product or service was prepared, the environment was not significantly damaged in the process. Most customers already demand this type of certification now in terms of quality under the ISO 9000 certification system. In recent years Great Britain has developed many comprehensive standards for universally acceptable and certifiable quality standards. These standards are described in British Standard (BS) 5750 which later resulted in ISO 9000 standards. Many organizations in Europe, the United States and various other countries are now ISO 9000 certified or in the process of becoming certified.
To complement this, BS 7750 was written to establish environmental management on the same basis. Significant portions of BS 7750 are presently being incorporated into the new environmental management standard ISO 14000 series by Technical Committee 207 of the ISO. Many countries are represented on TC 207 including the United States. The impact will be significant on the environment and organizational dynamics. The environment will benefit because most organizations will have to prepare and implement significantly more comprehensive environmental management systems than they presently have in order to obtain certification. This means considerable additional time and money to upgrade environmental management systems to a level that will allow ISO 14001 certification.

Organizations must now include care of the environment in their everyday operations. Customers of certified organizations will be assured that the products or services they purchase have been produced in accordance with universally accepted standards of environmental management. Organization claims, which today can be misleading or erroneous, will, under the standards, be backed up by comprehensive and detailed environmental management systems which must withstand the scrutiny of intense audits.

Organizational costs to achieve certification will vary widely. Those who have basically sound and complete policies and programs for quality and environmental control may need only minor change or adjustment for certification. Others who are in the start-up phase of operations or who have not yet established effective environmental policies or programs, will find the process expensive.

This book discusses the scope of the proposed environmental management standards and offers boilerplate-type procedures to obtain certification under them. The first five chapters present background. Chapters 6-10 present the initial elements and com ponents needed. Chapters 11-21 contain information about the actual procedures and programs that an organization will have to prepare and implement in order to obtain ISO 14001 certification.

The icon appearing in the margin throughout the book indicates when there is an easy to use boilerplate-type procedure available in Appendix F and on the floppy disk accompanying this book. The availability and cross-referencing of these boilerplate procedures and word processor templates can be summarized as follows:
Word Processor
Index Name
Appendix F—Title of Procedure
Applicable Chapter

Initial Word Processing Guidance Files:
1-tips.doc or .wp: Suggestions on How to use the Floppy Disk
2-index.doc or .wp: Cross-Reference/Index
3-format.doc or .wp: Blank Template

Boiler Plate Environmental Procedure Templates:
approval.doc or .wp: Process, Equipment and Chemical Approvals
auditing.doc or .wp: Audit, Review and Verification Procedure
awarenes.doc or .wp: Internal Communication & Employee Awareness
chemcont.doc or .wp: Handling of Empty Chemical Containers
chemtrck.doc or .wp: Tracking of Chemicals
closure.doc or .wp: Site Closure
communic.doc or .wp: Procedure for External Communication
data coll.doc or .wp

Data Collection and Handling
disaster.doc or .wp

Disaster Recovery Plan
discharg.doc or .wp

Minimizing Discharges to Air and Water Bodies
emergenc.doc or .wp

Emergency Procedures
finances.doc or .wp

Identification and Tracking of Finances
impacts.doc or .wp

Dealing with Environmental Impacts
objectiv.doc or .wp

Identification of Objectives and Targets
records.doc or .wp

Record and Document Control Procedure
regulat.doc or .wp

Handling of Regulatory Requirements
training.doc or .wp

Environmental Training Procedure
vendors.doc or .wp

Procurement and Vendor Controls
wastemin.doc or .wp

Management of Nonhazardous Materials/Wastes

Filenames that end in .doc are available on the floppy disk in Microsoft Word for Windows 6.0, and files that end in .wp are available in Word Perfect 5.1.

The author wishes to thank some very important people who assisted with the preparation of this book. Thanks to Marjorie Kuhre for editorial review; to Andrew Allan, Jr., for technical input, to Margot and Marcail Kuhre for being supportive daughters, to Dr. Joseph Petulla (University of San Francisco) and Eve Levin (Region 9 EPA) for technical review, to Michele Corash, Esq. for legal input; to Robb Kundtz (Seagate Technology) for offering his encouragement; to Lisa Iarkowski for production supervision and to Mike Hays of Prentice Hall for suggesting the book be written; and to Bernard Goodwin for agreeing to publish the book.

A few citations, especially in Chapter 4, are referenced as U.S. Sub Tag 1. This refers to unpublished, non-copyrighted ISO 14001 U.S. Subtag 1 paperwork. The author has gone to great lengths not to repeat or duplicate the information in important ISO 14000 committee documents which will later be published by the committees. This was done in order to respect the hard work of those committee members who have donated so much of their personal and organization's time to make the ISO 14000 standards the best they can be. The author thanks and acknowledges these many dedicated men and women.

The author has tried to be as complete and accurate as possible. Considering the fact that environmental management is an extremely broad and complex topic, it is possible that errors and omissions have occurred. The reader should also refer to final ISO 14001 standards and the applicable international, federal, state, regional and local regulations. The author, Prentice Hall, Seagate Technology and the University of San Francisco cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions.

About the Author
W. Lee Kuhre, Senior Corporate Director of Environmental, Health, Safety and Security for Seagate Technology, oversees environmental management at sites in 21 countries with over 50,000 employees. He is also a Graduate Senior Lecturer at the University of San Francisco. He is a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager, a Registered Environmental Assessor, a Registered Environmental Professional, and is AHERA Certified. He is author of Practical Management of Chemicals and Hazardous Wastes (Prentice Hall).

From the Back Cover:

The addition of environmental management into ISO certification is monumental in terms of the environment, the operation of most organizations, its customers, agencies, and most components of society. This unique book presents the information necessary for organizations to gain ISO 14000 certification, and it provides realistic environmental management procedures that apply to most organizations world-wide. Chapters 1 through 5 present background information needed to understand ISO 1400 and environmental management in general. Chapters 6 through 10 present the actual elements or procedures needed for effective environmental management and to achieve ISO 14000 certification, including regulatory requirements, personnel issues, environmental objectives, audits, and data collection. For environmental managers and consultants.

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