Initial Environmental Review
The first step in creating an EMS is to perform an Initial Environmental Review. This tells you where you are and creates a road map for your organization. There are four main areas:
- Review previous environmental issues.
- Consider any regulations which have operational impact.
- Identify and evaluate possible environmental issues in your organization.
- Outline current operations and how are they managed; also consider indirect impacts.
The Initial Environmental Review is not considered an audit.
- The Environmental Review is an initial assessment to help create an EMS.
- The Environmental Audit assesses the performance of the organizations’ EMS.
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Benefits of an Initial Environmental Review
The Initial Environmental Review helps determine the organization’s environmental position, and should include:
- Environmental statutory and regulatory requirements
- Recognize items/areas with environmental impact
- Environmental Performance Criteria
- Feedback of previous experiences
- Opportunities for improvement in-house as well as external (contractors, vendors, etc.)
- And more!