Environmental, Health & Safety Management System (EHSMS)

We assist businesses in California with achieving environmental, health and safety objectives and targets through programs that are designed to ensure legal compliance and to meet the requirements for ISO 14001 & 18001 Certification.

We can develop an EHSMS implementation plan for your California business that is designed to meet the specific needs of its environment. Our professional services are offered on an “as needed basis” or as a “complete program” designed to train your employees, implement operational controls and to prepare your business for ISO 14001 & ISO 45001 Certification by an independent and accredited Certification Body.

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Contact us for assistance with:

  • The development of an environmental, health and safety policies, which can be supported by all stakeholders;
  • The identification of environmental aspects and impacts, and the identification of significant environmental aspects that the organization may cause;
  • Identification of legal and other requirements;
  • The development of objectives and targets, and their environmental management programs;
  • Defined resources, roles, responsibilities and authorities for environmental management;
  • The development of competence, training and awareness procedures;
  • A communication process of the EMS to all stakeholders and interested parties;
  • The development of EMS documentation as required by the standard;
  • The development of document control procedures;
  • The development of operational control procedures;
  • The development of emergency preparedness and response procedures;
  • The development of procedures for monitoring and measuring of operations that can have significant impact on the environment;
  • An evaluation of compliance procedure;
  • Procedures developed for the management of non-conformance, corrective and preventative actions;
  • The development of a records management procedure;
  • A program for completing internal audits and corrective action;
  • The development of procedures for management review by senior management; and
  • Design and implementation of an EHSMS with the operational controls for continual improvement.

ISO has many other standards dealing with specific environmental issues. The intention of ISO 14001:2004 is to provide a framework for a holistic, strategic approach to the organization’s environmental policy, plans and actions.

ISO 14001:2004 gives the generic requirements for an environmental management system. The underlying philosophy is that whatever the organization’s activity, the requirements of an effective EMS are the same.

This has the effect of establishing a common reference for communicating about environmental management issues between organizations and their customers, regulators, the public and other stakeholders.

ISO 14001:2004 does not specify levels of environmental performance. If it specified levels of environmental performance, they would have to be specific to each business activity and this would require a specific EMS standard for each business. That is not the intention.

Because ISO 14001 does not lay down levels of environmental performance, the standard can to be implemented by a wide variety of organizations, whatever their current level of environmental maturity. However, a commitment to compliance with applicable environmental legislation and regulations is required, along with a commitment to continual improvement – for which the EMS provides the framework.

The implementation of an environmental management system specified by this International Standard is intended to result in improved environmental performance. Therefore this International Standard is based on the premise that the organization will periodically review and evaluate its environmental management system to identify opportunities for improvement and their implementation.

The rate, extent and timescale of this continual improvement process are determined by the organization in the light of economic and other circumstances. Improvements in its environmental management system are intended to result in further improvements in environmental performance.