The environmental policy forms the basis of the organisation’s environmental management system. It is also the organisation’s commitment to the laws, regulations, and other statutory requirements dealing with any issues relating to the Environmental Impact of the business activities.
The policy will deal with environmental issues and sustainability. These issues generally include air and water pollution, waste management, biodiversity, ecosystem management, maintenance of biodiversity, the protection of natural resources, wildlife and endangered species. Policies concerning energy or regulation of toxic substances including pesticides and many types of industrial waste also form part of the environmental policy. This policy can then be taken to direct and oversee activities and thereby prevent harmful effects on the biophysical environment and natural resources, as well as to make sure that changes in the environment do not have harmful effects on humans.
OM Safety Solutions Ltd will help you to implement an environmental policy which will contain the following sections:
- A Statement of Intent: The organisation’s commitment to securing the reduction in the environmental impact of their business activities.
- The Organisation and Responsibilities: This defines the key responsibilities of staff and managers and the designated person responsible for the formulation and implementation of the policy.
- Arrangements: These are the arrangements the organisation has in place to ensure the implementation of the policy and includes the specific environmental impact reduction procedures.
Well constructed Environmental Management policies will set the direction of the organisation to ensuring continuous improvement in reducing its impact on the environment. With this in mind, the policy should cover all environmental commitments to ensure that they are an integral part of the day to day activities and clearly communicated to all employees.
The policy will influence all activities, including the selection of people, equipment and materials; the way work is done and how organisations design and provide goods and services. This will form the basis of a formal Environmental Management System which is a requirement of application for ISO 14001 certification or registration under the EMAS scheme.
At OM Safety Solutions Ltd, we can assist organisations in developing a suitable and fully comprehensive environmental Safety Policy, ensuring that it is relevant to business activities and the work undertaken by all staff.
The Environmental Policy, alongside the Health and Safety Policy is a core element of all of the Business Safety Solutions we offer, with the added benefit of unlimited updates in line with any changes in legislation or working practices within the organisation.
Contact us to find out how we can help your business reduce its environmental impact, whilst remaining safe and compliant, or to arrange a free consultation with one of our expert consultants.