ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
An Environmental Management System (EMS) is a set of standard procedures and steps that biosolids managers can use to:
- Ensure the environmental integrity of their biosolids program
- Improve the effectiveness of their operations
- Meet regulatory requirements
- Address issues of concern to stakeholders and the public
The Biosolids EMS Program also relies on outside stakeholders and independent auditors to ensure that ReWa is effectively implementing plans that promote environmental and community health.
The EMS approach was developed by the National Biosolids Partnership (NBP), a nonprofit alliance of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Water Environment Federation. It is a voluntary program that can be adapted to meet the needs and goals of each participating agency. The Biosolids EMS Program is used to promote continual advancements in activities pertaining to environmental performance by helping agencies identify and create plans for improvement in:
- Product and Service Quality
- Regulatory Compliance
- Risk Management and Preparedness
- Credibility with Stakeholders
- Record-keeping, Documentation and Information Management
ReWa has voluntarily adopted the NBP approach and committed to the 10 principles in its Code of Good Practice to help ensure that our biosolids program runs as efficiently and effectively as possible. The EMS Manual is the framework for ReWa's Biosolids EMS Program.
ReWa recently received national certification through the NBP for its EMS program for biosolids, becoming the 33rd agency in the nation and the 1st agency in the state! Click here to view the full audit report
In keeping with our promise of continual improvement, in June of each year ReWa will conduct internal audits of the EMS program to ensure that we continue to maintain NBP requirements. As well, every five years, a complete re-certification will be performed by an outside audit agency. Any comments or concerns from our stakeholders are valuable to the success of our program and we invite you to participate in any of our audits.