What is in the Environmental Management System Implementation Course?
Once you have signed up you will have access to 18 modules specially designed to help you ensure your organisation reduces its environmental impact. You will have access to 20 different templates that will help you on this journey. The course should take anytime between one month and three months to complete.
Module 1: Project Strategy Planning
Learn about the foundations of ISO 14001 certification, as well as how to plan an environmental strategy for your organisation. Discover how to successfully plan your strategy, and in what order you should be performing tasks to complete this objective.
Module 2: Environmental Impact List
Understand the key industry terminology and how to identify the impacts of your organisation, record them in an impact register and rank their significance. Explore a case study with us to see some best practices, which will give you a good example of what you can do.
Module 3: Data Gathering
‘Data gathering is the process of collecting and measuring information on targeted variables in an established system, which then enables one to answer relevant questions and evaluate outcomes.’ Watch our step to step guide at tackling this important stage in implementing your environmental management system. Use our accessible templates to gather and analyse your organisation’s data.
Module 4: Setting Goals
Learn what business environmental sustainability means, plus review the Sustainability Development Goals through looking at a case study. Explore 3 keys areas to really help you identify and prioritise your organisation’s environmental impact. Use our tools to help you set your targets and objectives.
Module 5: Staff Training
Staff training should be considered in and should take place throughout the entire process, but it will be beneficial to be done early so that the skills learnt can be applied. Learn why it is important to train your employees on the fundamentals of environmental consciousness. We discuss the most effective methods for training your staff in the workplace, along with how to record the training as proof of compliance when pursuing ISO certification.
Module 6: Define Roles and Responsibilities
Learn about roles and responsibilities in managing an environmental program, why these roles need to be defined, how to identify the best people for each role, creating a roles and responsibility document, and what to do if the company structure changes or someone leaves the organisation. Hear about a case study from Green Element, the creator of this course.
Module 7: Implementing Changes
Learn about how your company can initiate change, what the potential barriers are, how to overcome these barriers, and a review of the nudge theory. Get ready for a lesson that will help you transform your organisation.
Module 8.1: Required Documentation
Explore the importance of the environmental documentation for your business and how to streamline and maintain the process. Learn about the must have documents, how to organise them using folders, and we will share several recommended examples of best practices. We will also be looking at how to maintain quality control of documents and keep a timeline of when it was updated.
Module 8.2: Communication Strategy
Communication is a critical aspect of any environmental management planning. Learn when communication should take place, what a communication register is, why this is important to use, and the types of communication that should be recorded. You will also learn how to present the information in a clear manner to reduce any conflict or misunderstanding.
Module 8.3: Create Environmental Policy
Learn how to maintain and keep your environmental policy and hear about an actual company’s experience. Explore the points that need to be covered in your policy and how to communicate it to staff and external stakeholders.
Module 8.4: Create Emergency Response Policies
Discover your role as an environmental manager in the case of an emergency that results in damage to the environment. It is important to be prepared for any eventuality. This module will help you set policies and plans to overcome potential environmental risks.
Module 8.5: Update Compliance Update Register
Learn what a compliance register is and how it’s used. Explore the difference between being compliant and non-compliant and the impact this can have on your organization. You will also discover what a legal compliance register document looks like and how this information fits into an EMS. We’ll look at what the ISO 14001 standard says about requirements to be legally compliant, and introduce some places where you can find information and further support. Lastly, we will look a case study and talk about the complexities of properties that double as housing.
Module 8.6: Update Website with CSR Plans
Discover what CSR is and why it’s needed. Also see how to ensure your company practices CSR and how you can best communicate this both internally to staff and externally to stakeholders.
Module 9: Internal Audit/Make Corrections
Learn about internal audits and why they are necessary in ensuring your organisation is compliant. You’ll get a chance to see what a real audit looks like and how to use these results to make any needed corrections.
Module 10: EMS Effectiveness Check
Explore a system for running an EMS effectiveness check within the context of operating an environmental management system. This is crucial for ensuring you pass your external audit and achieve ISO 14001.
Module 11: Management Review
Hear everything you need to know about management reviews, including when they should take place, how to structure them, what they should cover and who should be involved. We will also be discussing what will happen next, and what the management meeting means to the overall process of the EMS.
Module 12: External Audit
Find out why it’s needed, the steps involved in an external audit, how to use the results and some tips for making this a smooth and trouble-free process.
Module 13: Certification and Afterwards
Learn what the ISO 14001 certification is about, who provides this certification, what it looks like, how to use the results going forward and some next steps you can take as an environmental manager.