The EPD has developed an environmental management system (EMS) to
fulfil internally the goals stated in our Environmental Policy regarding
compliance, pollution prevention, minimisation of consumption and
other issues. The Director of Environmental Protection is our green
department’s EMS was improved in 2002, following a gap analysis
that used ISO 14001 standards as the benchmark. The key improvements
were as follows:
our EMS was merged with the existing safety and health management
a Departmental Environment, Safety and Health Committee (DESHC)
was created by merging the Green Management Committee and
the Departmental Safety and Health Committee.
a programme was implemented to allow for systematic assessment
and management of the environmental aspects of the department’s
members of the DESHC include representatives from each of the EPD’s
six divisions, plus staff representatives. The committee is chaired
by the head of EPD’s Corporate Services Division. The committee
is a departmental consultative body on internal operations relating
to environmental, safety and health, and it advises the Director
and the Director’s Meeting on these matters. Its main responsibilities
are to review at intervals the departmental environment, safety
and health system and to ensure its continuing suitability and effectiveness.
DESHC is supported by the Environment, Safety and Health Unit (ESHU),
which is responsible for developing, implementing and reviewing
our EMS and green practices department-wide. This involves auditing
the environmental management practices of selected groups within
the department. Each group must first complete a self-audit using
checklists developed by the ESHU. In 2003, 48 self-audits were completed
and the ESHU audited 13 of these groups. In addition, four pilot
groups within the EPD have been certified to level 2 of the CISPROS
(Continual Improvement Safety Programme Recognition of System) safety
and health management system and continued to display an exemplary
performance in both green and safety management.
improve on our EMS and make it more effective, the department has
established a system to identify, assess, record and manage the
environmental impacts of our internal operations and daily activities.
The draft documents for this will be finalised in 2004.
The EPD’s Environmental Policy, first drafted in 1996, was
reviewed and rewritten in 2000 to include the department’s
response to environmental incidents and the development of partnerships
in pursuance of sustainable development objectives. The DESHC will
review the policy again in 2004.
The EPD regards ISO 14001 certification as an opportunity to continue
improving our environmental performance and set a good example to
other government departments and the private sector.
2003 the certification of our Waste Facilities Business Unit was
renewed for another three years, having first been certified in
2000. The division also requires contractors of new waste management
facilities to obtain ISO 14001 certification as part of their contractual
and Health & CISPROS Certification
The EPD was the first government department to receive certification
under the Occupational Safety and Health Council’s Continual
Improvement Safety Programme Recognition of System (CISPROS). The
programme was established in 2001 and only two other departments
have been certified. In 2004 the EPD will renew its certification.
There has been a significant improvement in the incident rate since
we have been certified.
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EPD aims to introduce innovations to improve safety and health.
In 2002 we joined with the Hong Kong Polytechnic University to develop
a purpose-built manhole cover lifter which prevents unnecessary
back injuries. The device started being used in 2003.
will ensure that all services and programmes offered by the EPD,
as well as our own internal operations, are developed and conducted
in an environmentally responsible manner.
We will implement ISO 14001 environmental management systems to
improve continually the environmental performance of our major facilities.
We will review our Environmental Policy and objectives/targets to
reflect changing internal and external factors, and seek continual
improvement in our environmental performance.
committed to achieving a high standard of safety and health for
all our staff and others who may be affected by our activities.
We shall provide all necessary resources and employ sound management
practices to implement our policy, and provide training, information
and guidelines to our staff so that they are competent to perform
their duties in a safe and healthy manner. Also, we shall pursue
continual improvement in safety and health by regularly reviewing