What is an Environmental ManagementSystem (EMS)?
structured, documented approach
to managing abusiness’s environmental performance andresponsibilities.
for EMSs (ISO 14001)specifies the requirements necessary for organisationsto implement an EMS.
Businesses can choose to be
that they meetthe requirements using either internal (in-house)mechanisms or external certification organisations.
What are the benefits of implementingan EMS?
can be achieved through more efficientuse of materials and energy.
of the system to arecognised standard may improve the public imageof the business and community relations.
It can also
. Manybusinesses, as part of their own EMS, require suppliersand contractors to have an accredited EMS.
improvement in relations
with EnvironmentalRegulators, and potential to avoid enforcementaction and associated liability costs.
What’s involved in establishing an EMS?
- Decide what needs to be done
- Put in place a means of achieving it
- Confirm that implementation is achieving theplan
- Re-examine progress and realign the plan
The Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997(POEO Act)
major piece of legislation
that deals withprotection of the environment and prosecution ofpolluters.
Is administered by the NSW Department ofEnvironment and Climate Change (DECC). The Act is
enforced by the DECC and local Councils
The POEO Act makes it an offence to:
beyond the conditions of alicence or the regulation limit;
from plant or equipment due tofailure to maintain or operate the plant in anefficient manner;
to be emitted from ascheduled activity;
to a place not licensed as awaste facility; and
allow land to be used as a
waste dump wherenot authorised
Licenses and Permits
Environment protection licence
The DECC licenses emissions and wastes from
or activities as listed under thePOEO Act.
A license may also be required for
that have the potential to cause pollution.
Trade wastewater permit
Sydney Water requires a
permit to discharge
commercial and industrial type wastewater to thesewer system.
Trade wastewater may be generated from canteens,food preparation areas, automotive workshops,engineering and manufacturing trades, as well as artscourses such as ceramics, painting and photography.
Dangerous goods licence
Certain substances are classified as dangerous goodsand their
use, storage and transport is controlled
Dangerous Goods Licence
may be required if you
flammable, toxic or corrosive materials such aspetrol, solvents, LPG, pesticides, ammonia, acids or chlorine.
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