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Introduction

If you think EMS only stands for "Emergency Medical Service", think again!  EMS stands for "Environmental Management System", which is an approach to managing our environmental responsibilities that is being adopted by all Army installations.  The EMS is intended to help us to steer clear of environmental emergencies by standardizing our environmental operations. 

The folders above contain all the procedures, forms, and other information that Fort Rucker has used to establish its ISO 14001:2004 conformant EMS.  The following sections provide an overview of the EMS.

Environmental Policy

The official Fort Rucker Environmental Policy memo has been signed by the Garrison Commander and emphasizes our continuing commitment to the environment.  The EMS uses the following “formula” to make it easy to remember the Fort Rucker Environmental Policy:

E = pc2

Environmental policy (E) is to prevent pollution (P), comply with environmental laws (C), and continually improve (C).

 

EMS Scope

The scope of Fort Rucker's EMS includes all military, civilian, tenant and contractor organizations working within the installation boundaries that have the potential to impact the significant environmental aspects identified within the EMS.  Military Family Housing residents, activities associated with privatized utilities, and other activities and personnel outside of the control of the installation are excluded from the EMS. 

Organizational involvement in the EMS is achieved through the cross-functional team, which is called the EMS Implementation Team.  This team is composed of personnel from all installation organizations through the Environmental Officer and Environmental Point of Contact (EPOC) program. 

Fort Rucker’s Significant Environmental Aspects

 

After reviewing the impacts of the various aspects of Fort Rucker’s activities, products, and services, the following environmental aspects have been determined to be significant:

 

1. Air Emissions
2. Energy Use / Conservation
3. Hazardous Waste Generation
4. Natural Resources Alteration
5. Noise Generation
6. Pollution Prevention
7. Solid Waste Generation
8. Spills to Water / Soil

 

So, what does EMS really do for us?

EMS provides an installation or facility with a systematic framework for managing all of its environmental responsibilities, so that these responsibilities become better integrated into overall operations. It is a tool to help installations not only stay in compliance with legal and regulatory environmental requirements, but to also continuously improve overall environmental performance.

EMS is a general term for the big-picture framework, and the ISO 14001 international standard is the specific checklist of standards and guidelines which was selected for Army installations by the Department of Army. Under an EMS (i.e., a standardized environmental management approach), we expect the same positive benefits that have been proven in private industry by companies who have established an EMS.

The ISO 14001 model employs a continual cycle of elements as shown below:


 


Contact Information

EMS Auditing or EPAAS Audits
(334) 255-1653
EMS Management Representative
(334) 255-1653
 
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