Environmental Management Guidelines for theAustralian Water Industry

Report No WSA01-96

 

SYNOPSIS

 

The purpose of theseguidelines is to provide descriptive, flexible guidance on how to implement anenvironmental management system that is able to be adapted to the varyingfunctions and conditions that exist in Australian water utilities. Fororganisations wishing to eventually certify against ISO 14001, these guidelineswill provide a comprehensive place to begin although further work will need tobe done by individual organisations to ensure that their particular system isin line with Standards requirements.

 

The guidelines aredeveloped under a series of headings:

 

Assess

 

Identify, document andprioritise aspects of the organisationís past or present activities, productsand services that have or will have an impact on the environment.

 

EnvironmentalPolicy

 

Provide an overalldirection, a strategic framework and operational directions for environmentalmanagement within the organisation and to engage with relevant externalorganisations to influence their impact on the business.

 

Plan

 

Identify and documentenvironmental objectives, targets, responsibilities, roles, resources,reporting requirements and broad timelines necessary to achieve policy objectivesfor current operations.

 

Enabling Tools

 

Determine the best way forthe organisation to implement programs that meet its environmentalrequirements.

 

Evaluate

 

Evaluate and document theorganisationís environmental performance.

 

Documentation,Records and Reporting

 

-         Ensure that processes to document and recordenvironmental management requirements and achievements are established andmaintained.

 

-         Ensure that relevant people receiveappropriate information on how the organisation is managing its environmentalaspects.

 

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