General Environmental Management Systems Awareness Training. U.S. Department of the Interior Office of Environmental Policy and Compliance Washington, D.C. August 2007. U.S. Department of the Interior .
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General Environmental Management Systems Awareness Training
U.S. Department of the Interior
Office of Environmental Policy and Compliance
After this awareness training, you should know:
An EMS brings together the people, policies, plans, review mechanisms, and procedures used to manage environmental issues at a facility or in an organization.
(Use of oil, rags, antifreeze, tires, and batteries)
(Use of cleaning products, paper, water, energy)
Use of chemicals
Application of pesticides
Office products/paper consumption
Use of electronic equipment
Building temperature control
Grounds and custodial operations
Motor vehicle operations
An EMS objective is an overall goal arising from the environmental policy statement set by the organization.
An EMS target is a detailed measurable performance requirement related to the objective.
Objective: Increase solid waste diversion
Target: Achieve a 60% diversion rate for all solid waste by the year 2008.
Objective: Improve environmental compliance
Target: Reduce the number of external environmental compliance audit findings by 50% on an audit-to-audit basis.
Objective: Reduce transportation congestion
Target: Increase the number of employee-days of mass transit use by 50% by the year 2007 based on a 2002 calendar year baseline.
Target: Purchase 25 bicycles for use within the facility by the year 2004.
1. Good housekeeping and maintenance practices
2. Spill prevention and preparedness
3. Inventory management
4. Prudent purchasing
5. Waste exchange programs
6. Alternate cleaning processes
7. Reduce/reuse process wastes
8. Process modifications
9. Changes in equipment or technology
10.Environmentally preferable purchasing
Products or services that have a lesser or reduced effect on human health and the environment when compared with competing products or services that serve the same purpose.
Environmentally preferable purchasing means examining the pollution prevention practices of your vendors and subcontractors
All personnel have roles and responsibilities at the location for EMS. Your level of participation will vary according to the work you perform. At a minimum, you are responsible for knowing: