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Ti
tle Support the implementation of Environmental
Management Systems (EMS) in support of
sustainable business practice

Support the implementation of environmental management systems (EMS) in support of sustainable business
practice

1



Overview


This standard is about supporting the implementation of an EMS in support of
sustainable business practice. It requires that an EMS is established and
operational within the organisation.


An EMS is a comprehensive, systematic, planned and docu
mented approach
to managing an organisation's environmental programmes. It allows
organisations the opportunity of becoming environmentally pro
-
active through
the implementation of the plan
-
do
-
act
-
check cycle. It requires that actions to
improve environme
ntal practice are formally planned, specified, implemented
and reviewed a process of continuous improvement.


The role described by this standard requires that support is provided to
support the implementation of an established EMS. It involves working w
ith
and monitoring the EMS, gathering data on environmental performance. Data
needs to be analysed to determine performance levels and any variations from
planned environmental performance. It also requires the ability correct
variations from required pe
rformance in accordance with specified contingency
procedures.


The ability to communicate with others is an important part of the standard.


Target Group

This standard is for those responsible for supporting the development of
sustainable business practi
ce. It is likely to apply to those who have
responsibility for supporting the implementation of environmental programmes
as part of routine work activities.


Reference

Ti
tle Support the implementation of Environmental
Management Systems (EMS) in support of
sustainable business practice

Support the implementation of environmental management systems (EMS) in support of sustainable business
practice

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Performance
criteria


You must be able to:




1.

Support the implementation of an environmental m
anagement system
within area of responsibility

2.

Inform and encourage others to ensure the effective implementation of
the environmental management system in support of sustainable
business practice

3.

Gather sufficient data to enable an accurate assessment of
environmental performance within area of responsibility

4.

Monitor environmental performance according to environmental
management system requirements

5.

Take action to correct variations from planned environmental
performance within limits of authority

6.

Make re
commendations to support improvements to the environmental
management and sustainable business practice

7.

Follow specified contingency procedures to correct any identified
unsustainable environmental practice

8.

Report and record the outcomes of monitoring in
accordance with
organisational quality and statutory requirements




Reference

Ti
tle Support the implementation of Environmental
Management Systems (EMS) in support of
sustainable business practice

Support the implementation of environmental management systems (EMS) in support of sustainable business
practice

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K
nowledge and
understanding


You need to know and
understand:

















1.

The legislation, industry standards, and voluntary codes that support
the development of sustainable busi
ness practice

2.

The legal penalties associated with environmental damage

3.

The key principles of sustainable development

4.

The key principles of sustainable business practice

5.

The economic, social and
environmental principles of sustainability

6.

The role of enviro
nmental management in sustainable business
practice

7.

Key features of the natural environment including its vulnerability to
environmental damage

8.

The role of Environmental Management Systems (EMS) in maintaining
the natural environment

9.

The key components of
an EMS

10.

The benefits that can be gained from implementing an EMS

11.

The structure and format of an EMS linked to International Standards

12.

The link between an EMS and organisational quality systems

13.

How an EMS supports the development of environmental best practi
ce

14.

How to encourage others to effectively implement the EMS

15.

The data collection and monitoring the support the implementation of
the EMS

16.

Data collection and recording techniques

17.

How to identify and correct variations in environmental performance

18.

Possible c
auses of unsustainable environmental practice

19.

The implication of environmental damage on sustainability

20.

Levels of responsibility in relation to maintaining environmental good
practice





Support the
implementation of environmental management systems (EMS) in support of sustainable business
practice


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Unit title Support the implementation of Environmental
Management Systems (EMS) in support of sustainable
business practice





Additional Information

Scope/range

related to
performance
crite
ria






1.

Others

1.1

organisational colleagues

1.2

customers

1.3

suppliers




2.

Environmental management relevant to:

2.1

emission control

2.2

resource efficiency

2.3

waste management

2.4

legal requirement






















Support the
implementation of environmental management systems (EMS) in support of sustainable business
practice


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Reference

Unit title Support the implementation of Environmental
Management Systems (EMS) in support of sustainable
business practice







Developed by

Cogent


Version number

2
.0


Dat
e approved

January 2011


Indicative review
date



Validity

Current draft


Status

Original


Originating
organisation



Original URN





Relevant
occupations



Suite

Sustainability


Key words