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ISO 14001:2004 Internal Audit Training with Regulatory Overview

GreenUp Training Division presents:

ISO 14001:2004/EMS Internal Audit Training with extended Evaluation of Compliance Section (Regulatory Overview)

 Date: April 17-19, 2013 (3 days; third day will only be Federal, State and Local Regulation review and participation is optional. The state regulatory emphasis will be on the states requested by the trainees)

Place: Weymouth, MA

Price for 3 days: $1,249

Price for 2 days (without the compliance overview): $989

Why training with GreenUp?

– Training conducted by our Principal Consultant who is an RABQSA certified Lead Auditor on Environmental Management Systems and Regulatory Compliance Audits. She is a third party Lead Auditor who is globally conducting official ISO 14001:2004 certification audits.

– Extensive multi- industry experience: BMP review among industry

– Experience in numerous aspects of the Environmental Industry: Regulatory, Corporate, Consulting and Auditing

– Getting the insight of auditing directly from the Lead Auditor: the “never told shortcuts”; what are auditors looking for?

– To learn how to conduct an efficient internal audit, how to educate your employees or your management on the implementation of your EMS.

– How to receive a fair third party audit? When and how to challenge the auditor?

– To find out about the “politically incorrect” parts of auditing

– Work groups on real life scenarios

– A real facility tour to practice beginner and advanced auditing techniques

Lower cost due to training conducted at GreenUp’s own state-of-the-art training facility

– The training is guaranteed to run, no cancellation

Who should attend this training?

– Environmental Management Representatives

– Top management who is willing to get their site to be certified on ISO 14001:2004, or establish an Environmental Management System

– Corporate Environmental Managers

– Environmental Coordinators

– Anybody who is new to ISO 14001:2004 requirements or anyone who needs a refresher

– Anybody who is experienced on ISO 14001:2004

– EMS first, second and third party auditors

Training package includes:

– Free shuttle to and from the recommended hotel and training facility

– Gourmet Breakfast

– Lunch

– An electronic and hard copy of the training materials

– Wi-fi Internet Connection

– A completion certificate

Only limited seating available. Call or email to reserve your seat and a detailed course agenda now!

The extended bio of the trainer is available upon request.

617-842-3010

617-639-0333

info@greenupconsultants.com

Topic of the month: Regulatory Compliance versus EMS Conformance

If we are fully in compliance with the environmental laws and regulations, doesn’t that mean that we are fully in conformance with the requirements of ISO 14001:2004?

I came across this question very recently during one of my third party ISO 14001 environmental management system (EMS) audits. In my experience, when auditors or other environmental professionals mainly with a regulatory background are being introduced to ISO 14001 or any other EMS, the transition phase might sometimes be a little struggle. I know, because I’ve gone through the same phase. 

First off, let me clarify the terminology: we will use the term “compliant” when we talk about laws and regulations and the term “conformant” when we talk about an EMS.

 Let’s come back to our question: Does full compliance mean full conformance?  The million dollar  answer is “No”.

You can be fully compliant with all applicable laws and regulations, however you can still be nonconforming to the requirements of your own EMS and/or ISO 14001. Remember, compliance is mainly mentioned under 4.3.2 Legal and Other Requirements and 4.5.2 Evaluation of Compliance sections of ISO 14001. However, there are 16 more clauses on the standard. So you can be fully compliant with the laws, but if you have not conducted a management review meeting (which is not a regulatory requirement) or you’ve never identified potential emergencies at your site, then you will be issued nonconformities by the auditor.

This brings me to another conflict between Evaluation of Compliance and Internal Audit:

Evaluation of compliance (4.5.2) is mainly evaluating your facility’s compliance with the applicable legal and other (i.e. corporate, insurance, trade associations, etc.) requirements. On the other hand, internal audit (4.5.5) is evaluating whether your EMS conforms to your own identified procedures, documents and requirements within your EMS, and to the requirements of ISO 14001. In other words, during an “internal audit”, you also cover and review “evaluation of compliance”.

Please also note that “internal audit” can be conducted either internally (someone from your company) or externally (by a third party consultant).  The same condition goes for evaluation of compliance. I think that sometimes, the term “internal” causes some confusion. You can easily replace this term with “EMS”, and call it an environmental management system audit, which can be conducted internally or externally as long as the objectivity and impartiality is ensured.

Hope this helps clarifying a little bit the difference between the two concepts.

Interview of the Month: Dr. Parna Mukherjee

This month, we welcome Dr. Mukherjee for the interview of the month:

MD: Dr. Mukherjee could you briefly talk about your environmental  experience?

PM: I am holding a BS and an MS degree in Civil Engineering  from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India.

After my MS degree, I worked as an Environmental Engineer in the Enviroprotection Division of an engineering consulting firm; Development Consultants Ltd, in Kolkata, India for about 4 years. I graduated from Lehigh University with a PhD in 2003. My thesis was on “Relative Permeation Of Ions In Reverse Osmosis Processes Using Ion Exchange Selectivity Data: Theoretical Approach And Experimental Validation”. 

 Some of my roles after graduation includes:

 Teaching Assistant  in Civil and Environmental Engineering Dept of Lehigh University in PA.

Post Doctoral Researcher/Water and Wastewater Treatment Instructor in Howard University  in DC 

Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Department in California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. 

 In 2005, I resigned to take a break in my career to  raise my kids. I stayed current with my field during this break by continuing to publish journal papers, book chapter, etc. and doing related reviews.

MD: What are the main challenges of being a woman, mother, wife and an amazing environmentalist in this industry?

PM:The main challenge of being a woman in the industry is to balance  work and home life. I feel that the time when one is supposed to be the most productive at work is the same time when one is expected to build a family. I would like to see more support for women at this time. It is like feeling guilty at all fronts.

 MD: What are your thoughts regarding developments in reverse osmosis?

PM: Reverse Osmosis is a treatment method which will be used more and more in the future. It can be used as a treatment method for water treatment plants as well as for a small domestic individual unit. Since it is modular in construction, the system is extremely flexible in case there is a higher demand. Reverse Osmosis is the choice technology for desalination.

There are many other competitive water treatment technologies available. Ion exchange ,Donnan membrane, EDR are some of the water treatment technologies available.

 MD: Thank you, Dr. Mukherjee for sharing your experience with us. 

Dr. Mukherjee lives in NJ with her husband and her two beautiful children. She can be reached at pmukherjee@mac.com.

To see the answers to specific questions, to read the interview of our favorite EHS expert or to share your EHS experience and be our guest for the month;

 Please contact us at: info@greenupconsultants.com

Top 10 Most Frequently Cited OSHA Standards

Top 10 Most Frequently Cited OSHA Standards
(October 2008 through September 2009)

  1. Scaffolding, general requirements, construction
  2. Fall protection, construction
  3. Hazard communication standard, general industry
  4. Respiratory protection, general industry
  5. Control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout), general industry
  6. Ladders, construction
  7. Powered industrial trucks, general industry
  8. Electrical, wiring methods, components and equipment, general industry
  9. Electrical systems design, general requirements, general industry
  10. Fall protection, training requirements
Standards for which OSHA assessed the highest penalties (October 2008 through September 2009)

  1. Fall protection, construction
  2. Scaffolding, general requirements, construction
  3. Control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout), general industry
  4. Excavations, requirements for protective systems, construction
  5. Machines, general requirements, general industry
  6. General duty clause
  7. Process safety management of highly hazardous chemicals
  8. Ladders, construction
  9. Powered industrial trucks, general industry
  10. Aerial lift

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