Are you responsible for compiling your SHE file?
Are you struggling to keep up-to-date with all the paperwork?
Do you waste your time formatting all the documents?
Are you stressed out about all your legal requirements?
Four steps to complete your Environmental Aspects and Impacts Register
The Health and Safety Advisor
says the point of the Environmental Aspects and Impacts Register
is to identify the environmental aspects of your business. You must look at how these effect the natural environment around your business.
Follow these four steps to ensure you don't take hours to put your register together:
Step one: You must identify your main business activities
Have a brainstorm meeting with other managers in your business. Together, you must identify and write down your business's main activities. An example of these activities could be:
- General office activities;
- Receiving raw materials;
- Manufacturing chemicals;
- Storing the finished chemicals;
- Delivering the chemicals;
Step two: Identify the environmental aspects within your business activities
You must look at what part of your main business activates processes have environmental aspects. For example, if you load your chemicals for delivery and they spill into the spoil.
From step two, you must start to look for the direct effects your company has on the environment…
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Step three and four for completing your Environmental Aspects and Impacts Register
Step three: Identify the impact your environmental aspects have on the environment
You need to look carefully at the environmental aspects of your activities and see how they impact the environment. For example, will the chemicals you spilled cause soil pollution or water pollution?
Step four: Identify how bad the environmental impact is
You must see if the environmental impact is minor or major. For example, will the soil pollution your chemicals caused spread to or affect a wider area? You should rate these environmental risks according to a risk matrix.
Use these four steps to identify your company's environmental aspects and impacts and then take steps to control the effect your business's environmental safety.