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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

What are the benefits of having an environmental management system (EMS)?

by Doug

We discuss the benefits of having an environmental management system at your operation.

To many folks, an EMS is more than just a way to keep their company in environmental compliance. Some companies use it as a method of continually improving their organization, while some use it to communicate to their employees and outside world how seriously they take their environmental stewardship. Regardless the purpose of the EMS, those companies who take it seriously virtually always receive some sort of tangible benefit from properly implementing and using it.

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Topics: Environmental Compliance, 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 the price or cost of an Environmental Management System?

by Doug

The cost of an environmental management system is a drop in the bucket compared to cost savings and increased business opportunities.

To many, environmental compliance can be tricky due to having overlapping permits and approvals often on the local, state, and federal levels. Not only that, but many organizations are looking to cut energy costs, reduce their environmental impact, save money, and take on a more pro-environmental appearance to shareholders, employees, clients, and customers alike.

I've seen it a thousand times at countless organizations and facilities. Too many permits, not enough organization, regulatory fines occurring regularly, and management's disapproval of performance and personnel. We've all heard of an EMS, right? If you're not sure, then check out what is an EMS?

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Topics: 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

How much does basic environmental compliance cost?

by Doug

Getting your facility into compliance isn't just a good idea, it's required if you want to comply with environmental laws. Many people say it's too expensive to be in complete compliane with rules and regulations. Here we discuss why people should be concerned about how expensive it is to get caught out of compliance, and the true costs of complying with applicable regulations.

We get a lot of people contacting us asking "Do I have the right permits? How do I know? Where do I begin?"

Well, considering environmental regulations exist on the federal, state, sometimes county, and sometimes city level, it's somewhat of a nightmare for most people to figure out. So step one is get an environmental audit performed by a third party. They'll figure out what you have, what you need, and what course of action is right for you.

Ok, easy enough. How much? What's the cost of environmental compliance?

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Topics: SPCC Plans, Environmental Compliance, Stormwater Permits, Environmental Audits, Environmental Management Systems

NRMCA Green-Star EMS vs. ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems

by Doug

It's great to see the concrete industry take their environmental performance so seriously, but is the NRMCA Green-Star environmental management system right for you? Here we discuss the industry specific NRMCA Green-Star certification vs the internationally recognized ISO 14001 environmental management system, with the aim of helping you decide which is right for you.

We've been getting a lot of requests for more information about how concrete producers can improve their environmental programs at their facility. It's easy. There are so many benefits of having a sound environmental program, that it’s almost hard to imagine running a company today without one. The concrete industry is in a unique position, and we’re asked all the time by concrete producers:

“What is the difference between a ISO 14001 EMS vs NRMCA Green-Star EMS?”

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Topics: ISO 14001 EMS, Environmental Management Systems, NRMCA Green-Star EMS