Fall 2003

  Development of Environmental Management System in a Ceramic Industry

Mohammad Mahbubul Huq

This manual outlines the general policy concerning the continuous improvement of its environmental performance at the R.A.K Ceramics (BD.) Pvt. Ltd. It contains the Environmental Policy Statement for the Company. The manual also comprises a description of the environmental management system (EMS) as well as an explanation of the structure of the organization including who is in charge of the implementation and maintenance of the EMS. It explains how each requirement of ISO14001 will be handled in the R.A.K.

Every effort has been taken to ensure that the EMS builds upon existing management structures while avoiding duplication. The objective is not to make more work for R.A.K. personnel but to promote effective environmental management. This can be achieved through a simple system with both documentation and bureaucracy kept the minimum.

There are a lot of benefits for the R.A.K. in preparing and implementing this manual, including:

          Clarification of responsibilities. (Optional)

         Support tool for training of new employees.

         Useful for public relations purposes.

This EMS has top management commitment at the R.A.K. in support of enhanced environmental protection practices. This commitment has been made clear for all R.A.K. personnel and contractors through the publication of the first environmental policy statement and the revision of that statement in a convenient time.

Taking the findings of the initial environmental review, this manual provides detailed objectives and targets, explaining how they will be reached, with what resources and under whose responsibility. Under ISO14001, the R.A.K. is required to measure results of implementation in order to evaluate the correct application of the Environmental Policy Statement. This manual provides the framework for both implementation and performance evaluation.

In preparing this manual, all mandatory regulations, standards and codes of practice have been identified (see the report entitled Identification of Legal and Other Requirements. This is the minimum that an EMS should attend. It is necessary to understand clearly the mandatory requirements and what must be done to comply with them. With the establishment of this EMS, the R.A.K. is seeking to promote itself as a center of excellence with respect to the conservation of the environment with regard to both its research activities and practical operations.