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Green Environmental Management System (GEMS) Awareness Training. Department of Veterans Affairs. Notes are available when viewing this presentation in Normal view and Outline view. VHA Environmental Management Training. Purpose VHA Policy on GEMS
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Department of Veterans Affairs
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This Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Directive establishes a program that requires the development and implementation of Environmental Management Systems (EMSs) by VHA facilities.
The primary purpose of the Green Environmental Management System (GEMS) is to coordinate existing environmental programs into one integrated framework that enhances and improves the overall efficiency and effectiveness of these existing, but separate environmental programs.
Potential Harmful Effects:
The VHA is responsible for compliance with environmental regulations that include, but are not limited to the following list:
Executive Order 13148 - Greening of the Government through Leadership in Environmental Management 2000:
VHA Roles and Responsibilities:
1. Appoint a Green Coordinator & Designate a Green Committee
2. Train Green Committee
3. Conduct Initial GEMS Gap Analysis
4. Identify Significant Environmental Aspects
5. Establish Operational Controls (Develop, Publish and Distribute GEMS Policies and SOPs)
6. Setting and Achieving Objectives & Targets
7. Train Staff on the GEMS Policies and SOPs
8. Conduct Environmental Compliance Baseline
9. Annual Program Effectiveness Review and Report
The GEMS Committee training will include:
(use the templates provided in the GEMS Guidebook)
Operating unit managers will provide regular reports to the GEMS Committee containing the following:
Training status should be monitored; and refresher courses should be available periodically.
The final steps in developing a GEMS include the following:
Emphasis on continual improvement
Purpose:The indicators focus on how well the overall system for improving environmental management is functioning.
Performance indicators will determine the effectiveness of the GEMS implementation and various components.
To measure results effectively, methods must be:
Purpose:Develop information for management review and to take corrective action where needed.
Assessments are conducted through the following:
* Examination of documents
* Observation of activities & review of results of
Assessments should be conducted annually.
The Annual Program Effectiveness Review must cover the following elements: