- Chemical Management
- Emergency Response Planning
- Communications and Media Plans
Inspect and Assess:
- Inventories of chemicals on-site or under an organization’s control (IS0 14001, Sec. 4.3.1)
- Chemical management practices (IS0 14001, Sec. 4.3.1)
- Storage and disposal areas (IS0 14001, Sec. 4.3.1)
- Response capabilities, including training, equipment, supplies, emergency response plans, procedures and internal & external communications (IS0 14001, Sec. 4.3.1)
- Existing risks and hazards and potential impacts (IS0 14001, Sec. 4.3.1)
- Specific needs for personnel training, supplies, equipment, emergency response plans and procedures (IS0 14001, Sec. 4.4.2)
- Changes required to comply with organizational policies and laws regarding environmental protection, hazardous materials and workplace health and safety (IS0 14001, Sec. 4.3.2)
- Roles, responsibilities, authorities of management and response teams (IS0 14001, Sec. 4.3.4)
- Need for external agencies, support services and specialized resources (IS0 14001, Sec. 4.4.7)
- Training needs for personnel (IS0 14001, Sec. 4.4.2)
- Internal and external conditions that may impact on the workplace (IS0 14001, Sec. 4.4.7)
- ISO 14001 addresses site-specific and product-specific risks and hazards
- ISO 14001 creates a positive image with the community, clients and international trading partners.
- Spill Management has first-hand knowledge and experience in:
- Hands-on training programs (IS0 14001, Sec. 4.4.2)
- Site-specific assessments and emergency response planning (IS0 14001, Secs. 4.3.1, 4.4.7)
- Internal and external communications planning (IS0 14001, Sec. 4.4.3)
A site-specific inspection and assessment of an organization is essential for Environmental Stewardship and Planning.
Preparedness Assessments consider Best Chemical Management Practices (BCMP), the capability of the work force and emergency response teams.
They focus on the aspects of what could go wrong and the level of preparedness required to deal with environmental impacts.
Environmental Preparedness Assessments include compliance with legislation, codes, guidelines and meeting corporate responsibilities.
Reports identify areas of concern with recommendations and suggestions on preventive and corrective actions. They address typical situations as well as worst-case scenarios.
Spill Management's Environmental Preparedness Assessments meet ISO 14001 requirements. The assessments include first-hand reviews of activities, products and services to identify the aspects of what could go wrong. The assessments recommend corrective and preventive actions and help meet the ISO 14001 requirement to show continual improvement.
First-hand reviews include:
- Organizational procedures and polices
- Compliance with legislation, regulations and codes;
- The physical layout of facilities
- The geography of the area
- Verification of chemical properties and the accuracy of Material Safety Data Sheets
- Storage, handling, use and transport of chemicals;
- Response supplies and equipment;
- Alignment of the knowledge, experience and training to response needs
- Requirements for outside emergency response services.
Legislation, regulations, codes and guidelines to be considered in determining compliance:
- Federal Fisheries Act
- CEPA (Canadian Environmental Protection Act)
- TDGR (Transport of Dangerous Goods Regulations)
- Municipal bylaws
- CEC (Canadian Electrical Code)
- NBC (National Building Code)
- NFCC (National Fire Code of Canada)
- CCME Guidelines (Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment)
- WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System)
- Provincial laws on the environmental, hazardous materials, occupational health and safety
- Any regulations applying to specialized operations and industry
Spill Management's goal is to guide organizations and their personnel in becoming self-reliant and capable of handling site-specific and product-specific environmental incidents. ISO 14001 is the Environmental Management tool that assists Spill Management in evaluating an organization's activities, determining the aspects of what may go wrong and recommending corrective and preventive actions. The result is an assessment that becomes an important part of an organization's environmental management system (EMS).