The HANDS Team has a
great deal of experience in the development of Environmental Management
Systems. Our strength lies in the awareness training, mentoring,
and implementation aspects of environmental management systems.
Our philosophy is that implementation of any type of environmental
management system is directly related to the education and training
of employees such that they feel empowered to develop and implement
Project experience as related
to ISO 14001 elements includes:
ISO 14001 Training
We developed and presented an introductory course
in ISO 14000 environmental management system standards sponsored
by the Michigan Chamber of Commerce in June of 1996. In addition,
we provided training programs through the Engineering Society
of Detroit, West Michigan Safety Conference, Michigan Safety Conference,
Jackson Area Manufacturers Association and Kettering University.
ISO 14001 EMS development
We have assisted a number of customers to develop
and implement an EMS based on the ISO 14001 format. The projects
involved working closely with plant personnel to understand the
process and develop procedures for environmental management that
had not previously been documented. To streamline the process
and avoid duplication of effort, the facilityís existing ISO 9000
procedure format was utilized for the EMS documentation.
Multi-Media "mock inspections" in Wisconsin
We developed and performed multi-media "mock
inspections" for a number of utility field stations. This
work would fit into elements 4.5.1, 4.5.4 and 4.4.2 of the ISO
14001 standard. In addition to testing the level of robustness
of the environmental-management system at the stations, this work
resulted in a much better understanding by the station operators
of the environmental aspects of their operation. This program
was designed to minimize fear and maximize learning. Each participant
was able to use the system to successfully deal with an inspector.
Each participant saw the process as valuable to his or her understanding
of the issues.
Develop software solution
We worked with a software company for corporate-wide
installation of material safety data sheets and SARA right to
know modules for a gas transmission company. This could be a component
of element 4.5.3 of the ISO 14001 standard.
Prepare Integrated Contingency Plans
We have worked closely with a number of facilities
to develop Integrated Contingency Plans to provide a procedure
to deal with multiple types of emergencies. This work is a critical
component of element 4.4.7 of the ISO 14001 standard.
Mentor Process Safety Management Program Development
We worked closely with a solvent blending operation
to assist the operation to develop a process safety management
program. We provided training and mentoring of the customerís
core team, an understanding of process safety management requirements,
regular core team meetings, and listening and recording skills.
This project was not successful. We did not enroll the customer
and its staff to fully engage in the process. We did not enroll
the customerís management to provide regular and visible support
of the process. While the project was not successful, we learned
tremendously from this effort and continue to provide services
to this customer.
Our File-Logicô systems
are installed at many other companies including Double Eagle Steel
Coating Company, PVS Chemicals, Inc., Honda Motor Company, Tecumseh
Product., and Pharmacia & Upjohn. This system acts as a "catalyst"
for an EMS and has proven very effective for document control
purposes. It can act as a key component to satisfy the requirements
of element 4.5.1 of ISO 14001.
We have also developed
an electronic version of the File-Logicô document management system
that is a leading edge product in the field. Our documents and
procedure development can be tailored for an easy transition to