The first step in preparing an environmental management system (EMS) is to assess the current environmental performance of the site. One of our Consultants will visit your site to assess the arrangements in place, observing operations and reviewing relevant documentation in order to compare the management of environmental issues with relevant legislative requirements, best practice and, where applicable, an environmental management systems standard such as BS EN ISO 14001, or EMAS.
A report will summarise the findings of the review, identifying any areas which are in breach of legislation, and recommending best practice measures. Guidance on remedial action will be given, and a priority rating system will be applied to demonstrate the relative importance of remedial actions. Where effective arrangements and systems are already in place, these will be highlighted.
Following the environmental review, a full EMS can be produced as required, which provides the basis for ensuring that all activities and processes are managed effectively in order to control their impact on the environment. Amongst other things, implementing an EMS can assist an organisation to: