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Top 10 Tips For Environmental Compliance Management

With Environmental Compliance being essential in numerous industries, it makes sense to ensure that staying on top your legal binding duties is as easy and as efficient as possible. So with that in mind, we've put together some helpful tips that will work to guarantee you continually manage your environmental compliance effectively. 

The following tips will help you do just that. 

1. Establish a structured Environmental Management System – Using an EMS is key as it provides a framework to which processes and procedures can be documented and adhered to. It also offers resources that allow companies to fulfil environmental objectives.

2. Conduct thorough training – it’s vital to constantly keep in mind that any member of a team could potentially create a dangerous situation and fail to avoid hazards without the right knowledge. Thus, making it essential to develop a robust and thorough training program. At various points throughout the year (i.e quarterly) you should review the program to establish whether or not it is generating results and as such where improvements can be made.

3. Focus on risk management – With regulations continually being updated and changed, companies can no longer on regulations to ensure safety and prevent incidents. This shift from compliance to risk can be achieved through reviewing your data and using it to identify new performance indicators and making use of risk management tools and systems.

4. Keep up to date with new environmental regulations – follow industry outlets and subscribe to mailing lists to stay on top of industry news. This will help inform procedures, practices and ensure those who deal with compliance within your organisation and able to offer the best possible service and advice

5. Develop a risk register – Use to document to rank risks across a variety of observations within your organisation. This document will ultimately determine what risks are most likely to occur and be of particular significance, this data can then be used to prioritise risk management activities.

6. Liaise and coordinate with industry professionals – this will allow you to leverage their expertise when assessing things such as risk, performance, audits and developing prevention plans.

7. Use a centralised calendar – this will enable you to keep track of what’s due and when, this is easily achievable using EMS software.

8. Take advantage of mobile apps – Ensure your team are using (and are proficient in using) EMS mobile apps as they make it effortless to keep tabs on compliance activities and tasks regardless of whether in the office, out on-site, or working abroad

9. Fully automate time-consuming tasks – this will ensure tasks don’t get missed and free up time for other compliance tasks that may be of a higher priority.

10. Make use of dashboards – applying this technique will help you to quickly identify and drill into trends and reoccurring patterns you see in the data. This of course should be used to inform future plans to optimise performance in line with standards set out by governing bodies.

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