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~Dr Dilip Ganguly

Significant Environmental Aspects in Production Units

It is not likely that an industry will be able to stick to environmental guidelines if it does not follow it at the basic level of production units. While deciding on the way in which it will carry out its processes, an organization must take care that all the environmental guidelines are maintained at the fundamental level of production. Waste and scrap generation are especially important significant aspects of all production units.

The Importance of Production Units

Production units form the foundations of any industrial process. To produce any kind of product, a certain line of activity has to necessarily be followed. Thus, it is essential to create environmental management programs that ensure that these production units remain true to the environmental requirements that have been laid down by the various authorities.

Aspect of Production Units: Hazardous waste generation

Case Study for an Environmental Management Program (EMP) for Production Units

Activity: Operation of Production Units, Maintenance Units and Service Units

Identification of Aspects and Impacts (Inputs and Outputs of a manufacturing process/operation):

Aspects: (a) Hazardous waste generation; (b) Scrap generation

During the operation of production units, maintenance units and service units , the following are the significant environmental aspects and impacts. These are shown as linkages below:

Aspect of Production Units: Hazardous waste generation
Impact of Production Units: (a) Health hazard; (b) Soil and groundwater contamination

Aspect of Production Units: Scrap generation
Impact of Production Units: Soil pollution

Evaluation of Environmental Aspects for Production Units

1.
Aspect:
Hazardous waste generation
Evaluation of Impact (Severity of Impact Scale: 1-5; Trivial-1, Fatal 5): 3
Legal and Other Required Regulations: Legal
Significant/Non-significant: Significant
OCP No.: OCP D/N No. 01

2.
Aspect:
Scrap generation
Evaluation of Impact (Severity of Impact Scale: 1-5; Trivial-1, Fatal 5): 3
Legal and Other Required Regulations: Legal
Significant/Non-significant: Significant
OCP No.: OCP D/N No. 01

An Environmental Management Program (EMP) for Production Units

An Environment Management Program (EMP) analysis for production units takes into account the following factors:
Objective: Hazardous waste identification, storage and disposal as per legal requirements
Present Status: Hazardous waste stored in unidentified conditions
Target: Hazardous waste identification, storage and disposal as per legal requirements
Responsibility: Section Head

Are you looking for some more ideas on putting together an environmental management program? Or are you looking for suggestions to make aspects analysis easier? You will definitely find enough of both in Environmental Management Program and Aspects.

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