The environment has been described as the ‘next competitive edge’, and is playing a key role in the strategies of proactive, forward-looking companies. An Environmental Management System (EMS) provides organisations with a framework to systematically evaluate, manage and minimise the environmental impacts of its activities. An effective EMS can help to increase sales, reduce costs, ensure compliance and create a competitive advantage for the organisation.
Environmental audits are used to assess the environmental risks and liabilities of a business but also to help management improve business performance. The ISO standard for environmental management systems ISO 14001, and the associated EU Eco Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) Regulation require environmental audits to be carried out by companies on a regular basis.
This advanced Environmental Management System (EMS) auditing course will equip learners with:
- A detailed understanding of how to audit and assess the effectiveness of any EMS;
- A broad understanding of the range and diversity of environmental aspects, issues and environmental legislation and regulations pertinent to companies wishing to gain certification to ISO 14001 and EMAS;
- A practical understanding of how to implement an EMS and troubleshoot EMS issues;
- Knowledge of important related environmental tools and standards;
The course should also prepare delegates for the role of environmental auditors/assessors of EMS to standards acceptable to third party certification bodies.
All attendees should be familiar with the requirements of ISO 14001/EMAS before attending this course.
The auditing elements of this course are designed to meet the international best practice standard for management system auditing, ISO 19011:2018 “Guidelines for auditing management systems”.
There is continuous assessment of practical work carried out throughout the course and a written examination at the end.