Transparent management practices between businesses are essential to global trade. The following international organizations’ publish standards fostering recognized environmental management systems:
It is the most well-known environmental management system (EMS) and can apply to a large variety of organizations. Well-aligned with ISO 9001 on quality, ISO 14001 – Environmental management systems — Requirements with guidance for use – follows the same Deming wheel approach of Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) towards continual improvement.
ISO 14001 enables:
One of the IEC standards is IECQ QC 080000 – Hazardous Substance Process Management (HSPM) System Requirements. Like ISO 14001, QC 080000 mimics the ISO 9001 management system. However, instead of addressing quality, QC 080000 focuses on Hazardous Substance Process Management (HSPM). The HSPM system described by QC 080000 enables the demonstration of due diligence when it comes to :
Similar to QC 080000, NAS411 tackles hazardous materials (HAZMAT) management. In the appendixes of NAS411-1, an hazardous materials target list (HMTL) gives prohibited, restricted, or tracked substances. Companies developing NAS411 Hazardous Materials Management Program (HMMP) strive to reduce the use and better control HAZMAT.
The standard’s chapter 4 gives the general requirements to conduct an HMMP, while chapter 5 addresses data submittals and HMPP report content. Finally, NAS411 chapter 6 describes what information to communicate for customer-furnished equipment and materials.
EMSs commonly require Environmental Compliance Audits (ECA) to assess an organization’s activities, products, and services against regulations or other obligations. The ECA can verify compliance with the following criteria:
ISO 19011 – Guidelines for auditing management systems – applies to EMS but also to other systems. ISO 19011 gathers the best principles and practices for auditors such as:
The Canadian Standards Association has published a standard on environmental compliance auditing: CSA Z773. This standard has adopted the guidelines of ISO 19011, which focuses on the environment and corporate legal responsibility. CSA Z773 particularly applies when it comes to auditing regulatory requirements.
Enviropass can conduct audits according to ISO 19011 and CSAZ773. Ask Enviropass for details!