During the development and registration of the EMS, the Coulson Group of Companies completed detailed, documented process of identifying and determining the significance of its environmental aspects. The identification of environmental aspects is an ongoing process that involves all Coulson mangers, employees and contractors. Environmental aspects typically arise as new or changed conditions arise in operations, or as the result of changes in legislation, regulations or organizational structure.
As new environmental aspects are identified, they are to be documented and suibmitted to the EMS database using the Environmental Aspect Identification Form. The significance of environmental aspects is to be determined using the Coulson EMS Risk Assessment Process (RAP). If the RAP determines that an environmental aspect is significant, the EMS must be updated to address the new aspect as required.
Significant environmental aspects are listed in Section 3.4. It is the responsibility of the Environmental Manager to review the list of environmental aspects annually to ensure the list is current, accurate and complete. Maintaining a complete and accurate list of significant environmental aspects is important to the effectiveness of the EMS. ISO 4001 (2004) requires adequate awareness, operational controls, procedures, monitoring and communications be in place to address significant environmental aspects.