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Effective EMS

Organization(s) Toxics Use Reduction Institute
Massachusetts Office of Technical Assistance
Project Description The Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA) program agencies - MA DEP, OTA, and TURI - have been working together to learn about and explore the concept of effective environmental management systems (EMS) for MA companies and public organizations. Meeting about five times over two months, the Agencies have reviewed management frameworks and models, such as Responsible Care, Baldridge, Eco-efficiency, The Natural Step, and federal and state programs. They came to a common understanding of a basic framework and language, which will make it easier to work together and coordinate activities in outreach, training, guidance and technical assistance. The Agencies also identified elements of an excellent EMS, which may inform the direction of inspection, assistance, and research activities in the state. These attributes of a higher level EMS are presented below to help others rather than as a statement of MA's strategy: a bold vision in the written policy, health and safety integration into planning at the highest levels; evidence of product design and stewardship; appropriately enhanced pace of achieving milestones; evidence of structures and incentives for learning and agility; and, enhanced content and audience for external reporting.

 
Project Contact
Name Janet Clark (MA TURI); Joe Paluzzi (MA OTA)
Phone 978-934-3346; 617-626-1088
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Project Keywords
Areas of P2 Expertise Environmental Management Systems
 
Source
Newsletter Northeast States Pollution Prevention News - Vol. 11 No. 1, Spring 2001

 

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