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environmental audit

environmental audit

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INTRODUCTION
 The environmental issue has become a world –wide apprehension inthe last decades being the focus of discussions in a variety of forums both atnational and international levels. Because environmental problems arerooted in economic and social policies, they occur at all levels from local toglobal, including the universities, specifically Pamantasan ng Lungsod ngMaynila. The school is responsible for dealing with these problems andworking towards solutions.Accordingly the university has tried to address this over the years bycreating policies, and programs in conformity with the environmentallegislation, laws and regulations and, expenditures. Although it is not theChemical engineering (ChE) department’s function to question policy it ishowever, as concern citizens, the department’s responsibility to investigatethe effect of policy and the management measures that lead to policydecisions. In this way the ChE department can help the institution do a better job vis-à-vis proper waste management.Consequently, the fourth year chemical engineering students hasembarked on carrying out environmental audits. The audits will be carriedout on any of the environmental issues facing the university (including solidwaste management and waste water). As a pilot environmental audit, adecision was made to audit waste management with particular emphasis onMedical, Solid and Chemical waste generated by colleges using thelaboratory facilities. Three colleges (College of Medicine, College of Scienceand College of Physical Therapy) were audited, while the PhysicalDevelopment and Special Projects Office (PDSPO) was solicited. Waste that isnot managed properly affects not only human health but the other aspects of the environment like water, air and biological diversity.
 
 The purpose of this management report/environmental audit reportwas therefore to make known the findings of the audit regarding thehandling, storage and, disposal of waste. The report was not intended to beexhaustive. In line with audits of this nature, the intention was to provide thereader with a general understanding of the current situation with regard tomedical, chemical and solid wastes and in particular, the adequacy of themanagement measures with regard to the risks and applicable legislation,regulations and procedures associated therewith.
 
BACKGROUND AND RATIONALE
Environmental issues and concerns are given very low priority inpolitical governance, especially in the local and lowermost levels where itmatters most. This is caused by the lack of awareness of the importance of environmental resources as the foundation for any economic development(e.g., water, soil, etc.) There is also lack of awareness on the part of the governmentleadership on the numerous laws dealing with environmental protection.Almost all laws are passed by Congress without an adequate information andcommunications program. Thus there is no political will on the part of the governmentalleadership to comply and enforce basic environmental and sustainabledevelopment laws.Sometimes, even with knowledge of the importance of environmentalconcerns and of the relevant laws, neglect, patronage, and corruption comein the way of compliance and enforcement. The situation above prevails in many countries, especially in “less-consuming countries” (a.k.a. so-called developing countries) The idea of an environmental compliance audit was born out of frustration by a lawyer/author who has written an 850 page book on

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