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Is environmental management system training required?

by Doug

Do you need to conduct training on your environmental management system?

A lot of organizations these days are embracing their environmental performance in a way like never before. A fairly common problem we see with our clients (before they start working with us I should add) is they aren't sure if they're handling things correctly, and don't know what they really need to do to stay on target.

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Topics: Environmental Management System Training, Environmental Management Systems

Why do I need environmental management system training?

by Doug

Understand why your facility needs environmental management system training to make the most of your environmental program.

Not long ago a great friend of mine retired from a prominent position within his organization. He was in charge of various operational aspects of his company, including their environmental program. Complete environmental compliance was always his goal, and through his commitment to using an EMS, he was always right on target.

Needless to say, his replacement has some large shoes to fill.

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Topics: Environmental Management System Training, Environmental Management Systems

What is Environmental Management System Training?

by Doug

Understanding what environmental management system training is and how it fits into your environmental program is crucial for success.

In today's business environment, staying in compliance with all applicable environmental laws and regulations can be pretty tricky. A solution for some organizations is to implement an Environmental Management System. However, using and understanding your EMS can be just as tricky! Some organizations find that training on their system, or the basics of an EMS can help their staff understand just really what is involved.

A great client of ours implemented an environmental management system a few years ago, and they really knocked it out of the park. The thing is a work of art! Unfortunately, things tend to change from year to year, including personnel. Recently they've been having some issues with their staff understanding and using the EMS and they've been struggling with getting the information across.

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Topics: Environmental Management System Training, Environmental Management Systems

5 Tips to Become NRMCA Green-Star EMS Certified

by Doug

If you're a member of the concrete industry, you probably already know about the NRMCA Green-Star certification program. If you're ready to pursue it, here are our top 5 steps to becoming Green-Star Certified.

A lot of folks in the concrete industry turn to us for help with the NRMCA Green-Star EMS program. They want to know things like if it's hard, expensive, what the benefits are, etc.

Good questions! And folks, you've come to the right place. Not to toot my own horn, but I did create most of the program, so you're asking the right guy.

When I was working on developing the NRMCA Green-Star Environmental Management System with NRMCA, I wanted to create a program that would be easy to use, understand, and help get concrete producers onto a better path environmentally. I envisioned a system that could get folks into environmental compliance and start thinking about tomorrow.

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Topics: Environmental Management System Training, Environmental Management Systems, NRMCA Green-Star EMS

Do I need an Environmental Management System - A Review of the Top 7 Reasons You Do!

by Doug

It seems like there's a renewed push for organizations to develop and follow an Environmental Management System (EMS) more than ever. I feel like it's a good way for companies to really lock down their environmental program, and help segue way them into a brighter, more sustainable future. Here's the top 7 reasons why you should look into getting an EMS at your facility.

We've gotten some very serious inquiries lately about them. It seems like I am hearing more interest within the past few months than I have heard in the past few years! Maybe much of this may be driven by changes coming about in the updated ISO 14001 EMS standards and the potential interaction of these standards within the larger world of sustainability.

No matter what the cause, it’s nice to know that the environmental community doesn’t treat them as a passing fad, and they recognize the importance and usefulness of an EMS in today’s corporate world.

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Topics: Environmental Compliance, Environmental Management System Training, ISO 14001 EMS, Environmental Management Systems

Environmental Aspects & Environmental Impacts - Necessary for an Environmental Management System (EMS)

by Doug

Our website returns an awful lot of search results regarding environmental aspects and impacts, mainly dealing with what they are. While the idea of impacts is pretty intuitive, the idea of what is meant by aspects may not be. Considering that any Environmental Management System (EMS) – or really any good environmental program – needs to consider and reduce their environmental aspects and associated environmental impacts, it’s worthwhile to have a clear understanding of what this means.

The ISO 14001 EMS standard refers to an environmental aspect as “an element of an organization’s activities, products or services that can interact with the environment”, and further notes that a significant aspect is one that has or can have a significant environmental impact. The ISO 14001 EMS standard then refers to an environmental impact as “any change to the environment, whether adverse or beneficial, wholly or partially resulting from an organization’s activities, products or services”.

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Topics: Environmental Management System Training, ISO 14001 EMS, Environmental Management Systems