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plan-do-check-act is a prescription to order performance. It is Quality, safety and nature oriented. mark the Q (capital vis-a-vis safety and nature. Capital Q denotes the “Conceptual approach).
Like Quality and safety, environmental management system (EMS) model too uses a plan-do-check-act approach. Alike quality management principles EMS and OSH-MS (Occupational safety, health safety management system) focus on continual improvement. Thanks to P_D_C_A the approach ensures that environmental matters are systematically identified, controlled and monitored.

THE EMS standard ISO 14001 has been developed and outlined by the International Organization of Standardisation (ISO) at Geneva, and provides a widely recognized set of principles and standards for integrating environmental management into quality control and other business activities.

An EMS model based on the “Plan, Do, Check, Act”is a set of management tools and principles designed to guide the allocation of resources, assignment of responsibilities and ongoing evaluation of practices, procedures and processes that a company needs to integrate environmental concerns into its daily business practices. Thus EMS works as a continual cycle of planning, implementing, reviewing and improving the processes and actions that an organization undertakes to meet its environmental obligations.

EMS development and implementation is expected to:
Improve environmental performance
Enhance compliance
Prevent pollution and conserve resources
Reduce/mitigate risks
Increase efficiency/reduce costs
Enhance public image with regulators, public, lenders, investors
Achieve/improve employee awareness of environmental issues and responsibilities
Qualify the site for recognition/incentive programs such as EPA’s Performance Track national environmental recognition program

A guide to implementing an EMS within your organization should teach:
How to develop an Environmental Policy and a formal analysis to gauge your organization’s current environmental programs;

How to identify the environmental aspects of the activities and services of an organization, determine which are potentially significant environmental impacts; and be able to establish environmental objectives and targets and management plans for achieving them;

How to implement necessary training, establish appropriate operational controls, and measure and monitor the activities associated with the significant environmental aspects;

How to determine methods for identifying and having access to environmental legal requirements applicable to your operations and be aware of the specific environmental laws and regulations applicable to aggregate operations;

How to implement the EMS elements of communication, documentation, document control, record keeping, and emergency preparedness and response; and

How to understand the compliance evaluation, EMS audit and management review elements

- Posted on November 18th, 2008 in Pages | 2,414 Views |

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