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RE: EMS vs. P2 Plan for Government Department



Heather,

An EMS is a broader approach to managing your overall environmental
performance while a P2 Plan is generally directed toward reduction of
pollution (i.e. waste generation) by preventing the formation of the waste
through the better use of materials, e.g. less toxic, better efficiency,
re-use of by-products, etc.   A P2 Plan is a part of a full EMS system and
is generally critical to showing a 'continual improvement', a factor
necessary for ISO14001 compliance.

It is my feeling that if an organization is truly committed to improving
their improving their environmental performance they must move to some type
of EMS system.  We have discussed EMS vs. ISO 14001 vs. many other forms of
an EMS but, unless you want a specific certification to a standard, there
are many types/ways/levels of management systems that can be used.  Factors
affecting the type of system is the size of the organization, the level of
support (both budget and personnel) to be provided and current level of
environmental management that exists.

Although there are differences between governmental and industrial/private
organizations that will affect the development and implementation of an EMS
the differences are probably no more significant than the differences within
governmental organizations or the differences within industrial/private
organizations.  A good EMS that has an opportunity to be successful will
require a commitment and involvement from the top of the organization to the
bottom.  The development of the EMS will require the involvement of ALL
members of the organization and will need to involve everyone in the daily
implementation and use of the system.  An EMS that is developed, implemented
(or attempted to implement) and used by a small group such as an
environmental department or an EHS department will not work other than on
paper.   Be sure however you go and whoever you use to help you in
developing a system is open to learning your organization's processes, is
willing to work with your people to use their input as to how to make a
system work within your organization and will use their background to help
you add content to your programs.

Good luck and if I can be of any assistance please feel free to contact me
directly.

Dale H. Francke, P.E.
Engineering Service Professionals, Inc.
772.486.3909    FAX  831.576.7360
dale @espsupport.com

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-----Original Message-----
From: owner-p2tech@great-lakes.net
[mailto:owner-p2tech@great-lakes.net]On Behalf Of Heather J Paquet
Sent: Wednesday, August 20, 2003 1:37 PM
To: p2tech@great-lakes.net
Subject: EMS vs. P2 Plan for Government Department


Hello everyone,

I was wondering if anyone has ezperience with  Environmental Policy
development for a government department,  and if you have a sense as to
whether an EMS or P2 plan is a  better way to go?

Thanks,

Heather Paquet


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