Environmental Management Systems (ISO14001)

An Environmental Management System (EMS) is a set of processes and practices that enable an organization (typically but not limited to industrial sites and mines) to reduce its environmental impacts and increase its operating efficiency. EMSs are, therefore developed not only to enhance environmental protection, but to also reduce bottom line spending and increase profitability, and provide a means of international recognition of adequate environmental planning and management through the ISO 14000 family of standards certification system. An EMS developed by EScience Associates would aim to systematically manage the environmental impact associated with a specific client’s activities, products, and / or services. An EMS not only helps an organization pay attention to its environmental legal responsibilities, but also provides a means for addressing non-regulated environmental aspects such as energy efficiency and resource conservation. By reinforcing our clients existing operations with a comprehensive approach to environmental management, an EMS can assist in streamlining operations, create awareness that environmental protection is every employee’s job and improve environmental performance. EMSs are also consistent with quality management principles. They build on organizational processes and features that have been put in place to help you meet business goals, such as: goal setting, work practices, employee training, records management, emergency preparedness, organizational structure and continuous improvement.

The services offered by EScience Associates in relation to Environmental Management Systems relate to their development, implementation and review /audit and are as follows:

  • Environmental auditing (and gap analysis), in terms of the ISO 14001: 2004 international standard & to an organisation’s internal management system;
  • specialist identification of risks/ aspects auditing for emissions to air and water, chemical, metallurgical, mining and manufacturing industries;
  • identification of environmental aspects and risk registers; and
  • development of environmental management systems (mostly based on ISO14001:1996).