Environmental Management System


An Environmental Management System (EMS) is a set of processes and practices that enable an organization to reduce its environmental impacts and increase its operating efficiency. This site provides information and resources related to establishing an EMS for small businesses and private industry, as well as local, state and federal agencies.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of the course delegate will be able to:

  • Understand The purpose of a EMS
  • Apply the requirements of ISO 14001
  • Plan and conduct an audit
  • Report an audit
  • Undertake audit follow-up activities
  • Prepare and advice their organization before third party assessment.
  • Contribute to the development and improvement of organization’s Environmental management system.

Course Techniques

This highly participative course is a practically based series of sessions using tutorials, case studies, interactive workshops, individual exercises, group activities, role plays and open forum discussions.

Key Contents

This course provides an understanding and knowledge of ISO 14001 and ISO 19011.

  • Environmental Management Systems
  • The Audit Process
  • Auditor and Lead Auditor Activities
  • Audit Skills
  • Team Leading

Prior Knowledge Requirement

  • Knowledge of these environmental management principles and concepts:
  • The concept of environmental sustainable development whereby an organization must ensure that an action currently exists.
  • Evaluation of activities, products and services in order to establish the environmental aspects associated with normal operating conditions, abnormal conditions such as startup and shutdown and emergency situations and accidents.
  • Considerations of environmental aspects with respect to;
  • Emission to air, release to water and release to land
  • Use of raw materials, natural resources and energy
  • Energy emitted and lost e.g. heat, radiation, vibration, steam, and compressed air.
  • Public nuisance such as light pollution, noise, and odour
  • Environmental legislation and how legal compliance forms part of an environmental management system.
  • Typical methods for evaluation of the significant impacts of the environmental aspects identified and how their ranking influences operational control and priorities for improvement.
  • of today do not degrade the environment of the future.
  • The purpose of an initial review as the basis for establishing an environmental management system where none