On this week’s edition of EHS This Week we’ve got the week’s top stories in environment, health and safety news:
Skirting air emissions regulations
A refresh of environmental standards
Clearer over the counter drug labeling for consumer safety
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EHS This Week Resources
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ISO 14001 will undergo deep revisions in this coming year. The changes are significant and will have a considerable impact on your Environmental Management Systems. In this webinar, Paul MacLean, a subject matter expert in assisting organizations achieve sustainable development and deliver on social performance commitments reviews the changes to the ISO 14001 standards. Co-host Elie Mouzon of Intelex provides an overview of how to leverage technology to address and prepare for the coming ISO 14001: 2015 changes.
This must-see webinar covers the following areas:
General overview of changes to ISO 14001
New changes that apply to all ISO Management Systems
The new role organizations are expected to play in preventing and managing their environmental impact
Tips on preparing your organization for ISO 14001: 2015
How technology can make ISO compliance much easier to manage
Increasingly, ISO 14001 has become the go-to environmental management standard for cities, state governments, and public sector organizations of every size and shape. With today’s emphasis on sustainability and environmental responsibility, it’s incumbent on all levels of government to ensure their environmental programs are running at top performance and generating ROI through efficiency and time savings.
Streamlining Environmental Management in the Public Sector is a free 30-minute webinar led by Senior Government Solutions Specialist Jason Fitzpatrick that outlines how public sector organizations have led the curve on environmental stewardship by leveraging the power of technology to significantly improve their environmental programs.
Key topics covered include:
Why adopting ISO 14001-based Environmental Management Systems has become increasingly popular for public sector organizations around the globe.
How ISO 14001-supported Environmental Management Systems enable government and business to speak the same language of sustainability and environmental responsibility.
Every April 22, more than one billion people across 190 countries recognize Earth Day. In honor of this year’s theme, Green Cities, we’re talking about how ISO 14001 is helping cities across the world take steps towards sustainability.
The EPA’s Stance on ISO 14001 & Green Cities
ISO 14001 is a voluntary standard that, like other ISO standards, is the result of international collaboration and represents global best practices. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) participated in its development and even sponsored a pilot program back in March 2012 designed to show the benefits of an ISO 14001 Environmental Management System (EMS) for public-sector agencies. Nine municipal organizations participated and reported many benefits that include better operational controls, improved communication, and a decrease in the cost of waste disposal.
“Hopefully this pilot project will demonstrate that the EMS approach for managing environmental activities is not only applicable and useful to … Read more...
We’re pleased to share our newest case study featuring the City of St. Albert.
Over the past year the City of St. Albert has had great success standardizing processes and reducing time and money spent on audits and internal resources.
They are currently using the Environmental Management System, utilizing aspects of the solution to track and reduce nonconformances, with an 80% reduction in nonconformances since implementation two years ago. This has had a significant impact across their Public Works and Transit departments, ultimately leading to achieving ISO 14001 certification in both areas.
Gone are the days that monitoring and tracking employee training is a nice to have. Maintaining this information plays a big part in both having visibility into the competency of your employees and in mitigating the corporate risk that can devastate a company if it’s not in place.
And organizations use this information in multiple ways. If you have had any exposure to the ISO set of standards, you’ll know that pretty much every standard outlined by ISO (be it 14001, 9001, 26000, 50001 etc.) includes training as an essential component. So if you want to be certified or just conform to the standard, you better make sure that your training tracking house is in order.
But it doesn’t stop at ISO standards, look at the regulatory bodies around occupational health and safety, specifically OSHA in the US and WSIB and other agencies in Canada and around the world; not adhering … Read more...
ISO 14001 certified? Perhaps you plan on being certified, or maybe you’re just wondering what certification actually means.
Well, if ISO 14001, the world’s foremost standard specification for environmental management systems, is on your mind at all, you might want to take a look at a little article I wrote over at Greenbiz.
“Is ISO 14001 Certification Still Relevant?” begins to discuss what certification actually means in a world where polluters and emitters are able to achieve and retain certification – not to mention the connotation of the ‘green’ or environmentally responsible image that comes with it – even when they might not actually be doing that much good for the environment at all.
After reading, be sure to check out the comments section below the article for the spirited conversation the article inspired among industry experts.… Read more...
Businesses seek ISO certification for a variety of reasons: attracting and retaining customers and clients, boosting brand image, and more.
Getting executive buy-in for ISO certification can sometimes be a challenge, and even leaders who have made the decision to seek standards certification – be it ISO 9001, ISO 14001, or any other widely used standards – often fail to consider the unsung rewards of certification.
Businesses that implement ISO standards often focus on the perceived burdens of adoption, such as expansive paper trails, demanding document management, and seemingly interminable audits. They forget that, when executed and implemented properly, certification can spell rich financial rewards.
Well, thanks to the folks at the World Standards Cooperative (WSC), an organization that promotes voluntary, consensus-based standards, business leaders have access to a variety of tools that illustrate the business benefits of adopting ISO standards. The WSC website contains links to dozens of such resources, including: