NORTH WEST FIRE PROTECTION LIMITED

 

ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (EMS)

 

OVERVIEW

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT IS AN ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM?

 

 

 

An environmental management system (EMS) is a systematic approach to dealing with the environmental aspects of an organisation. It is a 'tool' that enables an organisation of any size or type to control the impact of its activities, products or services on the natural environment. The ISO 14001 standard "Environmental management systems--Specification with guidance for use" is the standard within the ISO 14000 series that specifies the requirements of an environmental management system.

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF AN EMS?

 



 

  • Assuring customers of commitment to demonstrable environmental management
  • Maintaining good public/community relations
  • Satisfying investor criteria and improving access to capital
  • Obtaining insurance at reasonable cost
  • Meeting vendor certification criteria
  • Improving cost control
  • Reducing incidents that result in liability
  • Demonstrating reasonable care
  • Conserving input materials and energy
  • Facilitating the attainment of permits and authorisations
  • Fostering development and sharing environmental solutions
  • Improving industry-government relations

 

 

 

NORTH WEST FIRE PROTECTION LIMITED EMS

 



The key elements of the North West Fire Protection EMS are:



Environmental Policy

- the environmental policy and the requirements to pursue this policy via objectives, targets, and environmental programs

 

Planning

- the analysis of the environmental aspects of the organisation (including its processes, products and services as well as the goods and services used by the organisation);

 

Implementation and operation

- implementation and organisation of processes to control and improve operational activities that are critical from an environmental perspective (including both products and services of an organisation)

 

Checking and corrective action

- checking and corrective action including the monitoring, measurement, and recording of the characteristics and activities that can have a significant impact on the environment

 

Management Review

- review of the EMS by the organisation’s management to ensure its continuing suitability, adequacy and effectiveness

 

Continual improvement

- the concept of continual improvement is a key component of the environmental management system; it completes the cyclical process of plan, implement, check, review and continually improve.

 

 

 

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ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (EMS)

 

 

 

Environmental Policy Statement

 

North West Fire Protection Limited is committed to a clean and healthy environment. We will provide a safe, reliable, and responsible service in an environmentally sensitive and responsible manner. We believe that a sound environmental policy contributes to our competitive strength and economic growth .

 

 

 

Through the development of an Environmental Health and Safety Management System, North West Fire Protection Limited and its employees will adhere to the following principles:

 

 

 

 

 

  • continual environmental improvement;

 

 

  • commitment to the prevention of pollution;

 

 

  • complete regulatory compliance;

 

 

  • conservation of materials, supplies, and energy;

 

 

  • re-use and recycle where feasible;

 

 

  • develop a complete awareness of environmental aspects with employees, members, contractors, and customers through education and training;

 

 

  • provide a healthy and safe workplace for all employees.

 

 

 

 

 

These principles are endorsed on behalf of North West Fire Protection Limited by the Contract Manager David John O’Brien.

 

 

 

 

 

David John O’Brien

 

Contract Manager

 

North West Fire Protection Limited

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (EMS)


 

PLANNING





 

Materials

 

  • Check material data sheets for environmental impact.

 

  • Use materials with limited impact on the environment.

 

  • Ensure materials conform to specifications as defined in data sheets.

 

  • Report material non-conformity to suppliers.

 

Cable Coating and spraying

 

  • Correctly maintain plant & equipment for efficient use of materials.

 

 

  • Correctly maintain plant & equipment to ensure limited impact on the environment.

 

  • Ensure only approved materials used which conform to environmental standards

 

 

Wastage

 

  • Ensure that wastage is kept to a minimum to limit the use of scarce energy resources.

 

  • Ensure that waste is disposed of in the correct manner and in a way that conforms to regulatory standards.

 

  • Encourage accuracy when spraying to limit overspray

 

Energy Consumption

 

  • All plant and machinery should be correctly maintained to ensure optimal performance thereby ensuring efficient use of energy.

 

  • Plant & machinery must be switched off when not in use to conserve energy:-

 

  • Vehicles
  • Graco Airless Pump
  • Compressors

 

Vehicles should only use the correct fuel as specified by the manufacturer.

 

 

 

 

IMPLEMENTATION & OPERATION

 

  • The Contract Manager has overall responsibility for ensuring that all aspects within the planning stage are implemented correctly.

 

  • The Site Manager will ensure that all aspects of the planning stage are adhered to from an operational position.  This will include:

 

  • On-site activities
  • Travelling to and from the work location
  • Pre-work preparation activities

 

 

  • The Contract Manager will maintain a close liaison with the Site Supervisor to ensure that all aspects of environmental management meet regulatory standards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MANAGEMENT REVIEW

  1. The whole process of the Environmental Management System will be subject to a constant review to maintain its effectiveness.
  2. Any non-conformities arising within the system will be identified and recorded.  The system will then be modified to prevent reoccurrence and the non-conformity will be corrected.
  3. A constant review and immediate correction will ensure a limited detrimental impact on the working environment.

 

 

 

CHECKING & CORRECTIVE ACTION

 

  • The Site Supervisor will monitor all operations throughout the term of the contract.
 
  • Checks on materials, plant and machinery will be made on a daily basis.  The purpose of these checks is to ensure that they meet the regulatory standards applicable to each discipline.
 
  • A particular check will be made on commencement of work, and re-commencement of work after rest intervals, to ensure that the same degree of environmental performance is maintained throughout the working day.
 
  • If a check should reveal that any aspect of the operations do not conform to its regulated environmental performance then the site supervisor must take corrective action immediately.
 

Any non-conformity must be recorded and a review of the environmental system must be undertaken by the Contract Manager.  The review will then be used to eliminate any re-occurrence of the non-conformity.

 

Checking and corrective action is an important part of the environmental system as it will maintain North West Fire Protection’s commitment to maintain and improve the environment.

 

 

 

 

CONTINUAL IMPROVEMENT

  • Ultimately, all personnel will be responsible for the continual improvement of the system by the presentation of innovative ideas for improving the working environment.

 

  • The management of North West Fire Protection Limited will actively encourage this approach to improving the working environment for all personnel that come into contact with its operations.