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The EMS Cycle: the Key to Renewable Progress Among Businesses

By Barton Wilson Subscribe to RSS | June 11th 2012 | Views:
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In the middle of depleted natural resources and increasing anxiety over the environment, a better overall quality of life and environmentally friendly development remain foremost on the minds of dependable business owners. So while each enterprise seeks to preserve a solid bottom line, it should also think about the environmental effect of its production and operational processes. For example, to cut down overhead expenses and save the environment, some businesses minimize their use of paper and opt for natural indoor lighting.

The answer to the evident discord between ecological sustainability and economic growth has taken the form of the environmental management system (EMS). The Environmental Protection Agency of the United States defines the EMS as an organization’s platform for realizing its business goals while ensuring minimal effect to the environment. The guidelines for establishing a solid EMS are determined by the ISO 14001, which details a continual improvement cycle that is composed of 5 levels.

Commitment and policy: For the EMS to be effective, the business should dedicate itself wholeheartedly to the cause. This dedication will serve as a sound foundation for the entire EMS structure. As a result, an environmental policy must be developed at this stage.

Preparation: Next, the enterprise must establish which processes produce adverse effects on the environment. The company should then set aims for alleviating all adverse effects on natural resources. It is also crucial to arrange a timetable for the finalization of these targets.

Execution: The moment the blueprints are drawn up, the corporation must put the plan into action and supervise every little detail of the EMS. This level involves training and procurement of the necessary resources. Also, the whole EMS framework calls for the joint effort of various parties. As such, for the EMS to work, everyone concerned must strive for uniformity and communicate effectively with one another.

Evaluation: A part of the EMS involves establishing whether or not each target may be practically accomplished. If the enterprise fails to achieve the intended objectives at the given period, ISO 14001 auditors propose carrying out remedial action. This indicates determining the cause of what went wrong with the plan as well as taking the necessary steps to make sure that everything gets back on course.

Review: Finally, high-tier officers and executives must check out the advice described in the evaluation. At this stage, the cycle returns to the commitment and policy stage, where the new goal of improving the existing EMS plan takes center stage. For further details about AS9100 and other global standards, go to the website at ISO.org.

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