Environmental Management Audit
January once again and it’s time for the Environmental Management System update. The system works on a calendar year and during the year we need to do a certain amount of things to keep the system compliant with the ISO 14001 accreditation.
Audits are a very important aspect of the system; they are used to check compliance with the ISO14001 rules. We audit the entire system internally once a year. Through our audits we can then see areas that need improving or actions taken.
We also have an external audit done annually by NQA. Last week was our 2nd Surveillance Audit. I’m pleased to say the auditors were most complimentary of our system and records, and are recommending our continued accreditation.
Last Year Objectives and Results
Every year we set Objectives for the system. We had 6 for last year as follows: –
Objective 1. Construct Bio bed.
Objective 2. Reduced Peat Trials – 3 Sources of Peat Reduced Substrate Trialled.
Objective 3. Increase Energy Monitoring.
Objective 4. Create a list of Ecologically Important plants
Frank has been working with White Young and Green to produce a comprehensive list. We hope this will be ready to send out to our customers in the summer.
Objective 5. Research pesticide FRAC codes – All products used for crop spraying have codes, this helps to ensure growers use a varied spray programme ensuring no resistance is built up. Boningale use a mixed range of products in their spray programmes and do also include bio chemicals and biological insect controls.
Objective 6. Encompass Garden Creations operations within EMS
1.Introduce FRAC, IRAC, and HRAC Codes to Spray Programmes.
2.Continue Peat Free/Reduced Trials.
3.Water Harvesting Project.
4.Investigate how to Monitor Despatch Transport Efficiency.
5.Investigation into Solar Power.
6. Monitor % of Chemical Product used against Bio Products.
We continue to monitor our Waste activities closely. The following graphs show the results.
Cost have fallen this year and fallen considerable since the start of segregation. % Of waste to landfill is now 29% big difference from 99% in 2007.
I hope the update has been informative and given you an insight into some of the Environmental Management Systems activities and results for 2011.
Please feel free to tweet ( @Boningale_ltd ) or contact our office ( 01902 376500 ) with any questions,
We will be happy to help,
Nerys Arch Environmental Representative.