An Environmental Management System (EMS) refers to the management of an organization’s environmental programs in a comprehensive, systematic, and documented manner. It is a framework that can assist a facility to not only achieve environmental compliance but also to achieve environmental goals and improve environmental performance. It includes the organizational structure, planning, and resources for developing, implementing, and maintaining policies for environmental protection. A properly implemented EMS can provide many benefits to a company, including:
- Ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements
Maintaining compliance is not possible without development of a familiarity with regulatory requirements applicable to the facility. An EMS can be incredibly helpful in laying out requirements in a readily understood format.
- Minimizing risk
An EMS increases the ease of regulatory compliance through data organization which reduces the risk of violations, fines, and environmental impact.
- Improving corporate image
An EMS can be used to demonstrate that a facility takes pride in environmental stewardship and elevate the facility in the eyes of the local community.
- Meeting customer demands
Some customers require that any facility that they do business with have an EMS. An EMS can set a facility apart from other facilities in the same business sector and can open new markets.
- Providing a systematic way of managing an organization’s environmental affairs
An EMS prevents issues like missed deadlines or inaccurate reporting and recordkeeping through maintenance of clear regulatory obligations.
- Maintaining order and consistency for organizations to address environmental concerns through the allocation of resources, assignment of responsibility, and ongoing evaluation of practices, procedures, and processes
An EMS sets a clear chain of command for the handling of reporting, recordkeeping, regulator correspondence, and releases or emergency issues.
With decades of experience in maintaining client environmental compliance and the development and implementation of effective EMSs, CTI regularly assists clients with EMS services. This experience and expertise mixed with the knowledge of our management system experts, CTI ensures a successful and cost-effective EMS implementation for our clients.
Please refer to the link below to view an EMS cost/benefit analysis prepared by the EPA: https://www.epa.gov/ems/learn-about-environmental-management-systems
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