Environmental Management System Guidance Manual (July 2007)

The "Environmental Management Guidance Manual" was designed to assist small and medium sized businesses and other organizations in developing and implementing an environmental management system (EMS). An EMS is a systematic, dynamic program which incorporates environmental responsibilities and management into the day-to-day operations at a facility.

This "plain English" manual is designed in a workbook style taking an organization step-by-step through an easy-to-follow process of developing and implementing an EMS. The manual contains a number of EMS documents and records along with blank forms and tables for your use. It is based, in part, on the Clean Corporate Citizen (C3) program requirements for EMS and the International Organization of Standardization (ISO) 14001 EMS standard.

This web site contains a complete version of the guidance manual and allows you to down load it by chapter. A number of tables and forms are available in a Word format and are listed by number for each respective chapter.

Cover Page
Table of Contents


Chapter 1:    Environmental Policy Development 
   Form 1.1 -  EMS Management Commitment 

   Form 1.2 -  EMS Project Team 

   Form 1.3 -  EMS Environmental Policy 


Chapter 2:  Environmental Program Development  
   Form 2.1 -  EMS Environmental, Legal and Other Requirements 
   Form 2.2 -  EMS Identification of Activities, Products and Services 
   Form 2.3 -  Process Information - Operations Units 
   Form 2.4 -  Buildings and Surroundings Information 
   Form 2.5 -  EMS Aspects and Impacts 
   Form 2.6 -  EMS Aspect and Impact Analysis for Significance 
   Form 2.7 -  EMS Objectives and Targets 

Chapter 3:  Operations and Activities of Significant Impact 
   Form 3.1 -  EMS Operations and Activities Procedure Listing 

Chapter 4:   Environmental Reporting and Recordkeeping 
   Form 4.1 -   EMS Records and Recordkeeping


Chapter 5:   Environmental Training and Tracking 
   Form 5.1 -   EMS Training and Tracking


Chapter 6:   Emergency Preparedness and Response 
   Form 6.1 -   EMS Emergency Preparedness and Response


Chapter 7:   Internal Communication 
   Form 7.1 -   EMS Internal Communication


Chapter 8:   External Communication 
   Form 8.1 -  EMS External Communication


Chapter 9:  Environmental Self-Audits and EMS Audits 


Appendix A:  Elements of a C3 EMS 

Appendix B:  Pollution Prevention 

Appendix C:  Procedures for C3 Application 

Appendix D:  C3 to ISO 14001 

Appendix E:  Acronyms