This environmental aspects and impact controls:
The Australian standard for environmental management systems provides the explanation below for an organization’s environmental aspects and their impacts on the environment.
Can be described as elements of an organization’s activities or products or services that interact (or can interact) with the environment.
Can be described as changes to the environment, whether adverse or beneficial, wholly or partially, resulting from environmental aspects.
All an organization’s activities should be considered when identifying actual and potential environmental aspects and impacts, with consideration to:
In addition, all business activities should be assessed to ensure that any changes to processes and operations do not result in adverse significant impacts.
This aspects and impacts control worksheet can be used to identify the environmental aspects and their impacts that pertain to your business operations, legal obligations and customer requirements. For each identified aspect, the environmental impacts, operating conditions and perceived significance can be summarised to provide a list of the necessary controls.
Once completed, you would have a comprehensive record of control measures to limit potential impacts and risks that may affect your business or your environmental management system’s conformity.
Note: The worksheet already has some great examples of environmental controls in place too.
This 6-page environmental aspects and impact control worksheet can be used to assist you identify some of the environmental aspects and their subsequent impacts that pertain to your business operations, obligations and customer requirements.