Holistic, Perspective and Requirements of EMS in Foundry Industry
Indian Foundry Journal Vol 58, No. 6, June 2012 pp 35-43
Posted: 22 Dec 2017
Date Written: June 2012
Environmental management is not merely a requirement of law but a necessity of life. If there are pollutants, there is chaos. All facilities, infrastructure, technologies et al., which threaten life and business process on Safety, Health, Environment and Quality (SHEQ) must be shunned, since they can be terminal for the facility. It is so, because it defies the purpose of its existence. Pollutants can be effectively controlled by various initiatives. Perhaps the most potent one is Environmental Management System (EMS). This paper compares various sources and prospects of managing pollutants from metallurgical industry. It also attempts to provide sustainable solutions. Basing on ISO 14001: 2004, the environmental management system standard, it attempts to present a systematic approach to management of pollutants and hazards caused by metallurgical industry with educational perspective. Since the specifics of educational purpose is characterized by the methodology of understanding the sensitiveness of issues. The work integrates the vitality with a qualitative approach to assess and control the issues, and a quantitative approach for more concerned operators/trainees to explore and manage using the paradigm of LPI (Local Pollution Index). It is argued prescribing a quantitative measurement index will enable the organization to manage EMS more sincerely and visibly. It is seen that the environmental performance is improved with such initiatives and education. A World Bank study confirms “highly-educated workers have significantly greater environmental management effort and better performance.
Keywords: Environment Initiatives, Control Versus Management, Pollution, ISO 14000, Local Pollution Index, Foundry, Cupola, QMS, EMS
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