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Environmental Impact & Life Cycle Assessment (ISO 14001 / 14040 / 14041)

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ISO 14001 requires an organization to establish and maintain procedures to identify environmental aspects of its activities and to define its significant impacts. This five-day course is designed to help delegates assess their own significant environmental aspects and impacts and introduce them to the ISO Life Cycle Assessment standards, particularly ISO1440 and ISO14041.

The aim of this course is to provide the participants an overview of environmental impact assessment methods and procedures and explain the nature of environmental impact assessment.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, the delegates will be able to:

  • Apply a comprehensive knowledge in the environmental impact and life cycle assessment in accordance with ISO14001, 14040 and 14041
  • Discuss the methods of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and explain the purpose of the implementation of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)
  • Illustrate the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) tasks, methods and techniques in accordance with the requirements of ISO 14040 and ISO 14041
  • Recognize the criteria for identification, screening and scoping of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) as well as its project and environmental descriptions
  • List the results of prediction of impacts and develop an understanding with assessing the significance of impacts
  • Illustrate the proper peocedure on preparation and review of environmental statements, consultation and public participation, mitigation and decision-making & monitoring and post-auditing of activities related to Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)
  • Identify the impact of the extension of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) to non-project actions including the policies, plans and programmes
  • Explain the proper identification of inputs and prediction of impacts in order to come up with significant decision-making involving Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)
  • Apply knowledge in reviewing an environmental statement
  • Carryout proper methodology and procedures of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) to come up with a strategic environmental assessment
  • Acquire knowledge on the future developments in Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)
  • Understanding the definitions of environmental aspect and impact
  • Relationship between environmental aspects and impacts
  • Examples of environmental aspects and impacts
  • Identification of environmental aspects and impacts
  • Formulation of environmental aspect and impact register
  • Methodology of environmental aspect and impact assessment
  • Understanding environmental aspect and impact matrix
  • Evaluation of environmental aspect and impact
  • Final assessment of environmental aspect and impact
  • Learn the terminology and methodology of the ISO 14001: 2004 EMS standards

Course Outline

Day 1

  • Business and Sustainability
  • Introduction to Management Systems
  • Requirements and Elements of Environmental Management Systems (EMS)
  • The ISO 14001 EMS Model (Current and Proposed to High Level Structure)
  • Workshop – ISO Definitions
  • Scope and Applicability of ISO 14001 and ISO 14004
  • Purpose, Scope and Benefits of EMS Standards
  • Other types of Management Systems and their relationship with EMS
  • EMS Implementation
  • General Requirements of ISO 14001
  • EMS Tools and Techniques
  • Planning an EMS (including Environmental Policy, Aspects, and Impacts)
  • Workshop – Environmental Policy
  • EMS Tools and Techniques (cont.)
  • Environmental Aspects and Impacts
  • Workshop – Environmental Aspects and Impacts
  • External Expectations and Requirements
  • Environmental Objectives, Targets and Programs
  • Workshop – Environmental Planning Logic Chain
  • Reporting and Verification
  • Implementation and Operation of an EMS
  • Workshop – Operational Control Procedures
  • Checking an EMS (including Evaluating Audit Results)

Day 2

  • The major Environmental Aspects
  • Waste management principles
  • Domestic and Sewage waste treatment methods
  • Hazardous Waste management
  • OSHA hazardous waste standard (1910.120)
  • Air Pollution and controlling techniques
  • Water Pollution and controlling techniques
  • Soil Pollution and controlling techniques
  • Noise Pollution and controlling techniques
  • Medical waste management
  • NORM wastes
  • Electronic waste management
  • Oil and chemical spills.

Day 3

  • EMS Tools and Techniques (cont.)
  • Checking an EMS (including Evaluating Audit Results)
  • Management Review and Continual Improvement
  • Workshop – Management Review
  • Preparation for the ISO 14001 EMS Registration Process
  • Review and Exam
  • Introduction and Definitions of Environmental Auditing
  • Introduction to ISO 19011 standard
  • Audit Program Design
  • Objectives and Scope
  • Setting an Audit Schedule
  • Various Types of Auditing, Investigations and Assessments
  • Stakeholders in the Audit Process
  • Professional Ethics in Environmental Auditing
  • Workshop – Code of Ethics
  • The Basic Audit Process
  • Preparation and Planning (including Federal and Provincial Legislation)
  • Workshop – Audit Protocols
  • On-Site Activities
  • Workshop – Opening Meeting
  • Workshop – Interviews
  • The Basic Audit Process (continued)
  • On-Site Activities (continued)
  • Workshop – Closing Meeting
  • Auditors’ Personal Attributes and Skills
  • Sources of Environmental and Other Relevant Auditing Standards and Guidelines

Day 4

  • What are Environmental Aspects and Impacts?
  • Identification
  • Communicating Environmental Aspects and Impacts Within Your Facility
  • Identify Simple Processes to Maintain Significant Aspects and Impacts as Business Processes Change
  • Identify the Activities, Products, and Services Within the Scope of Your EMS
  • Identify the Environmental Aspects Associated With the Activities, Products, and Services
  • Evaluate your Environmental Impacts to Determine Significance
  • Establishing your Environmental Scope
  • Define Your Environmental Boundary Line
  • Sample Environmental Scope Statements
  • Identify Activities, Products, and Services
  • Your Organization Within the Scope of Your EMS
  • Guide to Defining Your EMS to Your Company
  • Identifying the Inputs and Outputs Aspects
  • Facilitate the Identification of Inputs and Outputs From All of Your Processes
  • Formulate a Questionnaire You Can Use in Your Organization
  • Identifying Environmental Impacts
  • Potential or Real Impacts
  • Understanding the Possibilities
  • Summarizing Your Information
  • Aspect Groups
  • Facility wide Impact Evaluation
  • Determining Significance
  • Rating Your Impacts
  • Regulatory Status
  • Maintaining Your Data

Day 5

  • Environmental Aspects & Impacts
  • Discharge to Air
  • Discharge to water
  • Ecological & Cultural Resources
  • Waste
  • Environmental Controls
  • Remediation & Monitoring

## Course Methodology

A variety of methodologies will be used during the course that includes:

  • (30%) Based on Case Studies
  • (30%) Techniques
  • (30%) Role Play
  • (10%) Concepts
  • Pre-test and Post-test
  • Variety of Learning Methods
  • Lectures
  • Group Work
  • Discussion
  • Presentation

Who should attend

This course provides an overview of all significant and considerations of environmental impact and life cycle assessments in accordance with the international standards for environmental and HSE professionals such as managers, engineers, superintendents, supervisors and officers. This course is also suitable to those who wish to develop a good understanding of the evaluation of environmental aspects and impacts and how life-cycle assessment can be used to generate useful information for the organization, begin to study of design for environment requirements, contribute to the development of environmental objectives and targets and responsible for setting up environmental management systems and developing preparatory environmental reviews.

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