ISO 14001 ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY
The intent of an environmental policy is to state the organization’s commitment to continuous improvement in environmental performance. A strong, clear environmental policy can serve as both a starting point for developing the EMS and a reference point for maintaining continuous improvement.The policy should be evaluated regularly and modified, as necessary, to reflect changing environmental priorities.The policy should function in two ways: (1) within the company, the policy should focus attention on environmental issues associated with company activities, products, and services; and (2) outside the company, the policy is a public commitment to addressing environmental issues and continuously improving environmental performance.The environmental policy must address:• Commitment to compliance with relevant environmental legislation andregulations• Pollution prevention• Continuous improvement
Tips for Developing an Environmental Policy:1. Develop a policy that reflects perspectives of various employees within the company (for example, line worker, owner, wastewater treatment operator, quality inspector, compliance/legal manager, production manager).2. Display the policy statement in view of all employees; the policy should be available to the public and customers if requested and be printed in languages other than English, as appropriate.3. Include top management signatures on the policy to demonstrate understanding and commitment.Purpose This procedure is used to develop and write the company’s environmental policy.
Step 1 The environmental manager will form a policy development team responsible for developing and writing the environmental policy. The policy will address, at a minimum, compliance, pollution prevention, and continuous improvement.
Step 2 The policy development team will review other relevant documents to ensure consistency with other company policies and guide the content and phrasing of the policy. Example documents include the company mission statement and the example environmental policies included in this EMS element.
Step 3 The policy will be displayed in view of all employees and introduced to new employees; the policy will be available in languages other than English, as appropriate, and to the public (on request) and customers (as appropriate).Step 4 The environmental manager will review the environmental policy at least annually, and update it if needed.
Responsible Person: _____________________________________Signature and Date: ______________________________________
Environmental Policy Example 1
It is the policy of COMPANY NAME to conduct its operations in a manner that is environmentally responsible and befitting a good corporate neighbor and citizen.In accordance with this policy, COMPANY NAME complies with all environmental laws and manages all phases of its business in a manner that minimizes the impact of its operations on the environment.To further this policy, COMPANY NAME shall:1. Include environmental requirements in planning and design activities2. Comply with applicable environmental laws and regulations3. Eliminate, or reduce to the maximum practical extent, the release of contaminants into the environment, first through pollution prevention (material substitution and source reduction), then recycling, and finally through treatment and control technologies4. Effectively communicate with company employees, suppliers, regulators, and customers, as well as the surrounding community, regarding the environmental impact of company operations5. Periodically review and demonstrate continuous improvement in the company’s environmental management system
Environmental Policy Sample 2
_________________________ IS COMMITTED TO IMPROVE THE HEALTH, SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENT FOR OUR EMPLOYEES, NEIGHBORS, AND FAMILIES.
WE WILL MEET AND OR EXCEED LAWFUL COMPLIANCE THROUGH POLLUTION PREVENTION PRACTICES AND CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT.
TO IMPLEMENT THIS POLICY WE WILL CREATE AN ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM TO IDENTIFY GOALS, SYSTEMS, MEASUREMENTS AND SAMPLING METHODS.TO SUPPLEMENT THIS POLICY WE WILL INCORPORATE SOURCE REDUCTION THROUGH REUSE, RECYCLING, MATERIAL SUBSTITUTION, NEW AND IMPROVED TECHNOLOGIES, CREATIVE MANAGEMENT AND OPERATIONAL PRACTICES.
TO MAINTAIN THIS POLICY WE WILL PERFORM MANAGEMENT REVIEW, REVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE, EMPLOYEE TRAINING, AND A COMMITMENT AND INVOLVEMENT FROM OUR EMPLOYEES AND MANAGEMENT TO SUPPORT THIS POLICY.