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My first experience with environmental management systems (EMS) was in the mid-1990s working with an international paint manufacturer to address waste solvents, out of specification oil-based products, and mis-tinted paints at their many retail facilities. At that time, environmental considerations were just a part of a Quality Management System under the ISO 9001 standard. A lot has changed since then. I was back at college last week in beautiful Raleigh, North Carolina honing my internal auditing skills for the 2015 14001 standard.
SMG has several upcoming projects that I’ll be working on helping companies transition from the 2004 standard to compliance with the new standard. Internal audits, also known as surveillance audits, are a great way to prepare for a certification audit. Facilities with certification based upon the 2004 standard are required to recertify to the new standard by September 2018 to maintain certified status, so now is a good time to dig in and identify weaknesses in the EMS for correction.
The ISO website indicates that “there are more than 300,000 certifications to ISO 14001 standard in 171 countries around the world.” The ISO Survey of Certifications reports 6,067 certificates for ISO 14001 in the United States during 2015. The process has been widely adopted by industry, and offers many benefits related to improved environmental performance. The 2015 standard does even more than the prior standard to protect the environment. It requires evaluation of performance in meeting objectives, a lifecycle evaluation of materials, consideration of interested parties’ expectations, and consideration of environmental practices of suppliers. Concepts and evaluations addressed by the standard would be helpful to just about any company, not just those seeking official certification.
For more information about the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System standard, visit the ISO website. If you need assistance with your EMS, please contact me at PattyM@SmithManage.com or 502-587-6482 extension 211.
A local company engaged in manufacturing imported a small amount of a chemical substance defined under TSCA. Faced with a potential EPA enforcement action with penalties assessed for noncompliance under TSCA of up to $32,500 per day per violation, the company called SMG for help.
SMG analyzed the company’s current TSCA procedures and assisted the company in developing a proactive, cost-effective compliance procedure. SMG also facilitated a training program to educate employees about TSCA.
SMG worked with the company to develop mechanisms that assured adherence with the policies that were being implemented for compliance. Procedures to promptly correct any potential violations and prevent future violations were also put into place.
SMG was able to show that the company complied with the relevant TSCA regulations and was improving their TSCA policies and procedures to assure that future issues were less likely to occur. The company was not subjected to the proposed penalties and now has mechanisms in place to maintain TSCA compliance.