An Introduction to EMS Aspects
aspects or Environmental Management System aspects are recorded in a
register called the Register of Aspects. This is as per Environment
Management System (EMS) IS/ISO: 14001:2004 sub-clause No. 4.3.1.
The global industries, service sectors, and production sectors can be
grouped under the a number of general units. These could be mechanical,
electrical or civil units. They could include a boiler house or an
automobile, an office section or an effluent treatment plant.
In this and the subsequent articles, industry-wise or unit-wise significant
environmental aspect studies with case studies, objective targets,
operational control procedures and environment management plans are drawn
up. This will be of great help to specific industries during the drawing up of an
environment aspect register.
Definitions of Commonly Used Terms in the Evaluation of
The measurable results of the Environment Management System (EMS), related
to an organization's control of its environmental aspects, based on
environmental policy, objectives and targets.
Those elements of an organizationís activities, products or services which
can interact with the environment.
Significant Environmental Aspects
Those aspects that have or can have significant impact(s) on the
Any change to the environment, whether adverse or beneficial, wholly or
partially resulting from an organizationís environmental aspects.
The Aspects Analysis Process
The following steps are carried out during aspects analysis:
1. Identification of aspects and impacts from the inputs and outputs of
manufacturing processes and operations.
2. Evaluation as per format.
3. Determination of significant environmental aspects and non-significant
4. Control of significant and non-significant aspects as per the aspect
5. Drawing up of Operational Control Procedures (OCP), Objectives and
Targets (O&T) and finally Environment Management Programs (EMP) for
significant environmental aspects. Only the OCP is drawn up for
After aspects analysis, the following steps are carried out:
1. The significant environmental aspects and the non-significant aspects are
controlled by operational control procedures (OCP).
2. The significant environmental aspects are improved by drawing objectives
and targets and environment management plans.
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