ISO 14001 - Environmental Management Program - To govern continual improvement?

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Lyndon Diong

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Environmental Management Program

I don't quite understand the requirements under EMP. Since activities to prevent damage to env. is covered in Operational Control, am I correct to say that EMP is to govern continual improvement programs?
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Dean P.

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You are correct, Lyndon. Operational Control is what you are doing to control the aspect now, in a sense, 'what are you doing to keep it from getting worse?'. An EMP on the other hand, is typically an action plan for improvement, ie. 'what are you doing to make it better?'.

EMP's can be tied directly to an objective and target (eg. a plan to decrease our energy consumption by 10%), or simply an action plan for continual improvement, such as adding containment units to minimize the potential for a spill and prevent pollution.

Hope this helps.
 

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I like to think of EMP’s as project plans that describe the means (project tasks) and time frame (project schedule) that help you meet your objective and target. A Gantt Chart like that produced by Microsoft Project or other project management software is a good way to show an auditor evidence of EMP’s. Don’t forget to assign responsibility for achieving the objective and target of the EMP. Good luck. K.
 
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David

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Yes, Dean certainly has it right.

As a consultant I usually begin by having my clients develop programs as action plans to meet targets. Usually there are also other, often pre-existing efforts (such as a efforts by a waste-minization group or pollution prevention team) that I recommend also become incorporated into the EMS as one the "programs."
 
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Programs and controls

I see programs sorta like product programs. They encompass the entire effort. Product programs include design, marketing manufacture, distribution and so on. Environmental programs are not all that different. Operational controls are like the controls you place on products. You have a different set of operational controls in marketing, design, etc. I liken environmental operational controls to the control plan for production. The controls allow the program to succeed, which in turn allows you to meet your targets, that support the objective, etc.
 
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