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Info sheet- Environmental Management

Info sheet- Environmental Management

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What is an Environmental ManagementSystem (EMS)?
 
A
structured, documented approach
to managing abusiness’s environmental performance andresponsibilities.
 
The
international standard
for EMSs (ISO 14001)specifies the requirements necessary for organisationsto implement an EMS.
 
Businesses can choose to be
certified
that they meetthe requirements using either internal (in-house)mechanisms or external certification organisations.
 
What are the benefits of implementingan EMS?
 
Cost savings
can be achieved through more efficientuse of materials and energy.
 
Independent certification
of the system to arecognised standard may improve the public imageof the business and community relations.
It can also
enhance competitiveness
. Manybusinesses, as part of their own EMS, require suppliersand contractors to have an accredited EMS.
 
An
improvement in relations
with EnvironmentalRegulators, and potential to avoid enforcementaction and associated liability costs.
 
What’s involved in establishing an EMS?
PLAN
- Decide what needs to be done
DO
- Put in place a means of achieving it
CHECK
- Confirm that implementation is achieving theplan
ACT
- Re-examine progress and realign the plan
Legislation
The Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997(POEO Act)
Is the
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:
 
pollute
waters
;
pollute the
air
beyond the conditions of alicence or the regulation limit;
cause
noise
from plant or equipment due tofailure to maintain or operate the plant in anefficient manner;
cause offensive
odours
to be emitted from ascheduled activity;
contaminate land
;
transport
waste
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
“scheduled” premises
or activities as listed under thePOEO Act.
A license may also be required for 
non-scheduledactivities
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
bylegislation.
A
Dangerous Goods Licence
may be required if you
store
flammable, toxic or corrosive materials such aspetrol, solvents, LPG, pesticides, ammonia, acids or chlorine.
PlanDoCheckAct
Sustainable Business Program
Environmental Management

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