Aspects, Objectives and Targets is linked closely with ISO 14000. ISO standards of the 14000 series are the specifications for environmental management, developed by the ISO Committee (International Organization for Standardization).
ISO 14001 is the heart of the 14000 series standards. It lists the specifications for environmental management, on which a company will be valued for environmental registration. ISO 14001 requires organizations to identify environmental aspect and evaluate associated environmental impacts. Environmental Management Audit Scheme (EMAS) goes further in requiring a register of environmental effects. This will help the organization examine its environmental management systems and improve how it manages and accounts for environmental Aspect, Objectives and Targets of its operations.
Through this module, you will come across the following terms:
- Environmental Aspect: An environmental aspect requires that the organization know what impacts it has on the environment. It must take into account the specific facility’s environmental aspect that may be potentially detrimental to its operations, processes, products and location.
- Environmental Objective: A site goal that is consistent with the environmental policies, and considers significant environmental impacts and applicable laws and regulations. Objectives are quantified wherever practicable.
- Environmental Target: A detailed performance requirement (quantified wherever practicable) based on an environmental objective. A target should be met in order to achieve the underlying objective.
How Does It Work?
EtQ’s Aspects, Objectives and Targets module is designed to create, maintain, track, and monitor documents for all environmental aspects and objectives of your organization's activities, products, and services. It facilitates the establishment and maintenance of documented environmental objectives and targets that are related to each aspect document. These documents also track specific information about the environmental impact. This tracking includes new activities or processes performed by your company; a new product that is going for approval, or the services that your company provides.
The module also allows organizations to set monitoring and reviews on the procedures and processes. In addition, it allows you to track the Review and Approval of all types of assessments and create significance and impact analysis for each impact using a scoring system based on your collective reasoning. This analysis will be a response to your assessment document. The module also allows you to revise an existing assessment.
Working alongside the Aspects, Objectives and Targets module is the Aspects, Objectives and Targets Archive, which acts as a repository for archived documents. The aim of archiving documents is to keep records of these documents after being revised. The Aspects, Objectives and Targets Archive guarantees a secure storage location of old soft-documents that might be needed in later stages of review, reference or auditing.
Aspects, Objectives and Targets is just one of the many processes EtQ's Environmental Health and Safety (EHS), Quality and Compliance Software streamlines and simplifies. EtQ's EHS, Quality and Compliance Software lets you take full advantage of the familiarity that most of your users already have with a Web browser by providing an interface with which they are already comfortable and productive. Other modules within the EHS Software suite include: Compliance Obligations, Management of Change, Sustainability, Emissions Inventory and more.