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Organizations that achieve verification that their Biosolids Environmental Management System (EMS) meets requirements of the National Biosolids Partnership Biosolids EMS Program may want to develop that system so it also conforms with the ISO-14001 International Standard and achieve ISO-14001 Certification for the system. Doing so can help the wastewater treatment organization develop an environmental management system that can be extended to other parts of the treatment plant for management consistency.

The EMS for Biosolids and ISO-14001 provide models that organizations can use to develop a system for managing environmental performance. The EMS for Biosolids focuses on managing biosolids activities, while ISO-14001 can be used to address environmental management for many different operations and activities. The two standards are entirely compatible and apparent differences between their requirements can be relatively easily resolved so that a single system is developed that aligns with both standards. Planning this alignment should be the first step towards developing a harmonized management system for the full wastewater treatment plant.

This paper discusses what an organization that has successfully established a Biosolids EMS (meeting NBP requirements) needs to do to enable that EMS to also conform with ISO-14001 requirements. The National Biosolids Partnership is not involved in ISO-14001 Certification, however they have demonstrated willingness to cooperate with agencies who want to do that in addition to achieving Verification for their Biosolids EMS. It will also address the possibility of having integrated audits to verify conformance with both the EMS for Biosolids and ISO-14001.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2005-01-01

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