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Self Declaration Protocol. EPA Regions 9 & 10 and The Federal Network for Sustainability 2005. Plan Do Check Act. Continual Improvement. Environmental Policy. Management Review. Checking & Corrective Action. Planning. Implementation & Control. Self Declaration.

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self declaration protocol

Self Declaration Protocol

EPA Regions 9 & 10

and

The Federal Network for Sustainability

2005

plan do check act
Plan Do Check Act

Continual Improvement

Environmental

Policy

Management

Review

Checking & Corrective Action

Planning

Implementation &

Control

self declaration
Self Declaration
  • Memorandum to Agency Environmental Executives dated January 27, 2004.
  • Final version of protocol dated September 10, 2003.
  • Executive Order 13148.
  • www.epa.gov/
introduction purpose
Introduction & Purpose
  • Federal Agencies must ensure credibility of EMS.
  • Each agency must develop a process that provides for effective and objective assessment of EMS system in a manner that ensures the system is conformant and designed for ongoing evaluation and continual improvement.
introduction purpose5
Introduction & Purpose
  • Agencies must verify that appropriate documentation is developed and affirm that the facility or organization is actually implementing their EMS as defined in their documentation (doing what they say they are doing).
  • The process must include the degree of transparency and objectivity necessary to make the self declaration credible.
protocol procedures
Protocol Procedures
  • The protocol outlines procedures for federal agencies developing processes that will ensure the credibility of self declaration of EMS.
protocol principles
Protocol Principles
  • Result in accurate and reliable information on federal facilities progress as they adopt improved business practices associated with EMS implementation.
  • Focus responsibility for initial EMS verification and on-going quality assurance at the agency/bureau level.
  • Provide agencies/bureaus flexibility to implement EMS in ways that support their overall public mission.
protocol principles8
Protocol Principles
  • Provide an independent basis for verifying the status of a facility or organization EMS, and appropriately communicating that status to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ensure that system verification is more that a document review, and that the effectiveness of implementation is also reviewed.
  • Use existing EMS elements where possible so that self-declaration becomes an integral part of the organizations’ EMS.
ems evaluation guides for self declaration
EMS Evaluation guides for self-declaration
  • The Global Environmental Management Initiative (GEMI) “ISO 14001 Environmental Management System Self Assessment Checklist” (www.gemi.org),
  • “Oregon Green Permits Program Guide – Attachment B: EMS Description and References.” (www.deq.state.or.us), or
  • The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) “Environmental Functional Review Checklist.” (www.nasa.gov)
self declaration procedures
Self-Declaration Procedures

Agencies/Bureaus shall establish a procedure including the following:

  • direction on the use of the chosen evaluation guide(s),
  • direction on the frequency of self-declaration internal evaluations, independent reviews, makeup of independent teams, and qualifications of reviewers.
  • direction on documenting and using the results of EMS evaluation, steps for acknowledging adequate EMS, follow-up actions on inadequacies, and reporting results for inclusion in agency-wide annual EMS review.
  • schedule for reviewing EMS self-declaration procedures, and review shall consider changes in mission but not to exceed 5 years.
self declaration procedures11
Self-Declaration Procedures

Agencies/Bureaus shall

  • Communicate their choice of guide(s) and procedures described above in accordance with their internal and external EMS communication procedures.
  • Establish their procedure for EMS self-declaration as soon as practical but no later that December 31, 2004.
  • Include appropriate guidance to ensure that facilities desiring to participate in a federal or state EMS recognition program (eg, National Environmental Performance Track, Oregon Green Permits Program, New Jersey Silver Track Program) reflect the respective requirements in their self declaration procedures.
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Self-Declaration Procedures
  • Facilities or organizations that wish to self declare their EMS before agency procedures are in place may:
    • adopt a recognized independent review process such as third-party registration to ISO 14001, or
    • document the information described in protocol item 1(b), (c) and (d) and communicate that information to external parties in accordance with their EMS communications procedures.
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