Guide

Operate your environmental management system (EMS)

Introduction

Planning and setting up an environmental management system (EMS) involves getting commitment from senior management, deciding who should be involved, carrying out an initial environmental review, creating a policy, identifying legislation and significant aspects and impacts, and setting targets and objectives.

Once you have prepared for and set up your EMS, you need to make sure it is put into practice effectively. If you don't, your EMS won't work - because staff and other people connected to your business won't know what they need to do or how to do it.

This is the second of three guides that describe how to implement an EMS. It gives detailed advice on how you can put your EMS into practice. This includes developing an environmental management programme and manual, controlling operations and documents, communicating effectively and providing appropriate training.