Environmental Aspects and Impacts Procedure

Environmental Aspects and Impacts Procedure

This environmental aspects and impacts procedure can assist your business comply with AS/NZS ISO 14001, Environmental Management Systems clauses:

  • 6.1.2. Environmental Aspects.
  • 6.1.3. Compliance Obligations.

The procedure can assist you document how to identify environmental aspects and impacts with products, services and activities.

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What is an Environmental Aspects and Impacts Procedure?

An environmental aspects and impacts procedure defines a process that is used to identify, assess, and control the environmental aspects and impacts of an organization’s activities, products, and services.

It is a key element of an environmental management system, to outline the methodology for identifying environmental aspects relating to operations and for the determination of related impacts that may have actual or potential impacts on the environment.

An environmental aspects and impacts procedure should be tailored to its specific products, services, and activities. The procedure should be designed to identify, assess, and control the organization’s aspects and impacts and ensure that the organization complies with applicable environmental laws and regulations.

What is the Framework for Analysing Environmental Aspects and Impacts?

With any good business, there is a need for a systematic and logical approach to analysing environmental aspects and impacts.

The framework for evaluating aspects and impacts of a project, product, or process can be divided into five main steps:

1. Defining the scope.

2. Identifying the environmental aspects and impacts.

3. Analysing the environmental impacts and aspects and any related emergencies.

4. Deciding on controls for the environmental aspects and impacts.

5. Monitoring and reviewing the effectiveness of the controls.

New business activities should be assessed as to whether adverse or beneficial, to ensure that any changes to processes and operations do not result in adverse environmental impacts.

On occasions, where management does not have a degree of control or influence over a significant aspect, details should be recorded in the aspect and impact register or another document for management’s review.

Things to Consider When Identifying Actual and Potential Environmental Aspects and Impacts

All the organisations’ activities must be considered when identifying actual and potential environmental aspects and impacts, for example:

  • Past environmental incidents associated with products or services that interact with any element of an organization.
    Environmental Aspects and Impacts

                  General Types of Environmental Aspects and Impacts

  • Emissions to air.
  • Water usage and discharges to surface water groundwater and sewers.
  • Water pollution.
  • Land contamination caused by spillages.
  • The production, re-use, recycling and disposal of controlled and special wastes.
  • The storage and management of materials.
  • Activities upon local ecology of operations, sites and premises.
  • Environmental noise.
  • Energy use and management thereof.
  • Use of transport and vehicles.
  • Legal issues and other regulatory requirements.
  • Raw materials and packaging.
  • Office activities.
  • Landscaping and infrastructure.
  • Other relevant issues such as odours, particulates, lighting and pests.

Note; When identifying aspects and impacts, top management should consider all modes of operation (e.g. start-up, shutdown and emergency operations, etc.) which might introduce additional environmental aspects and impacts into the processes.

How to Assess Environmental Impacts

The assessment of the severity of an environmental aspect should drive management’s attention and support the planning for impact risk mitigation.

An assessment methodology should assign a rating to the identified aspect. This assessment can be comprised of the following five elements:

1. Legal Requirements.

2. Relevance to company policy.

3. Interested party concerns.

4. Potential to prevent pollution.

5. Potential to impact the environment.

Contents of this Environmental Aspects and Impacts Procedure

  • Approval.
  • Purpose.
  • Scope.
  • Terms and Definitions.
  • Roles and Responsibilities.
  • Procedures.
  • Environmental Management Process Overview.
  • Environmental Process Flowchart.
  • Identification of Aspects.
  • Assessment of Impacts.
  • Impact Ratings.
  • Impact Treatment Options.
  • Reviews.
  • Reporting.
  • Monitoring.
  • Training.
  • Communication.
  • Related Procedures, Forms and Documents.
  • Review Criteria.
  • Record Management.
  • References.

Why Choose to Buy this Environmental Aspects and Impacts Procedure

This 13-page environmental aspects and impacts procedure will document how to identify environmental aspects and impacts with products, services and activities with consideration to:

  • The life cycle perspective concerning the supply chain.
  • Environmental impacts associated with product use and services.
  • Environmental impacts at end-of-life treatments and/or disposal.
  • The life cycle perspective of procured goods and services.
  • How to maintain the documented information regarding aspects and significant impacts.
  • Prioritize the issues that could affect intended outcomes and interacts with the environment.
  • Enhance environmental performance.
  • Fulfil compliance with natural resources and increase sustainability with resources.
  • Achieve environmental objectives and legal compliance.
  • Support compliance to AS/NZS ISO 14001, environmental management systems, regarding aspects and impacts.

After purchasing this procedure you will be able to:

  • Very easily edit and customize the template to create your own environmental procedure.
  • Apply your own style, format and brand to the procedure.
  • Use it in any industry or sector regardless of size or type of organization.

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  • The procedure will be delivered to you in fully editable Microsoft Word format for immediate and full use in your business.
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