The Roots of ISO 14001 (Part 2)

Nelson's Column during the Great Smog of 1952

Nelson’s Column during the Great Smog of 1952

As described in part 1 of this article, early legislation and attempts to curb air pollution were largely unsuccessful and a situation arose in post-war London where ‘pea soup’ fogs in colder winter months combined with the excess pollution that was a normal feature of daily life to create life-threatening smogs. Also known as a black fog, killer fog or smog, is was a very thick and often yellowish, greenish, or blackish fog caused by air pollution that contained soot particulates and the poisonous gas sulphur dioxide. Continue reading

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The Roots of ISO 14001 (Part 1)

ISO 14001Companies and organisations with environmental management systems certified to ISO 14001:2004 have until end 2018 to make the transition to the new 2015 version of the standard. ISO 14001:2015 introduces a number of substantive changes to make the standard more effective with an overall aim of ensuring certification achieves real environmental improvements and makes a contribution to sustainable development. In this regard, it is useful to consider the roots of the standard which emerged from the environmental movement that emerged in the 1960s. However, its roots go much deeper than this and a look at these can help tease out some of the key issues and some of the philosophical concerns that underpin it. This is information an environmental or EHS officer should be aware of when conducting a strategic re-evaluation of the existing EMS and that should also be considered for the EMS, particularly in the areas of training, awareness and communications. Continue reading

Seveso III and major accident hazards

Major accident hazardsA new Directive on the control of major accident hazards involving dangerous substances known as Seveso III was published on 24 July 2012 by the European Commission and has been implemented in the Irish legislature by the Chemicals Act (Control of Major Accident Hazards Involving Dangerous Substances) Regulations 2015. It amended and subsequently repealed the Seveso II Directive on 1 June 2015.

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Sustainability news 2011

In this section, you will find up-to-date summarised articles and original links related to the main environmental news in Ireland and around the world in 2011. Continue reading

New environmental law in 2011

Environmental Managment Systems

This article gives an overview of the 2011 changes in the legislation for air pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, waste management, energy efficiency and renewables, water pollution, planning, product stewardship, habitats protection and handling of hazardous substances. Continue reading