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The Instruction to EO 13423 "Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy, and Transportation Management" states that; Each agency shall, at all appropriate organizational levels, including agency, sub-agency, bureau, service, command, and/or facility, develop, implement, and maintain an EMS to be used to identify and address agency environmental, transportation, and energy issues.

The Hierarchical, Organization-focused Environment Safety and Health Management System (ESHMS) Implementation Guidance, prepared by the Office of the Federal Environmental Executive, provides templates and instruction that can be used by Federal agencies to prepare and deploy an ESHMS through sub-units, down to each facility. With appropriate modification by the user, the templates may also be used for the development of a system that addresses environment only (i.e., EMS) or for a system that is implemented at only one level of the organization (e.g., facility).

FedCenter members who have questions about the ESHMS implementation guidance presented here or would like to discuss any aspect of it with Joe Cascio, Federal Environmental Executive, please use the online discussion forum below (you must be logged in to view the forum.)  Mr. Cascio is available to reply to your comments directly online.  Comments will also be accepted via joe.cascio@ofee.gov, 202-343-9673; or alternately, Will Garvey, EPA, e-mail garvey.will@epa.gov, 202-564-2458.

ESHMS Implementation Guidance
Complete zipped version of the Hierarchical, Organization-focused Environment Safety and Health Management System (ESHMS) Implementation Guidance.

Discussion Forum Archive
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DOE 450.1A includes the requirement to validate a facility EMS. Please let me know which one or more of the new guidance documents includes a template on how to go about doing and validating this action.
Submitted by FedCenter User, - on Sep. 04, 2008 at 05:03 PM
Validation of an EMS requires a second party audit of the EMS. This means it has to be an arms length audit by auditors that are not directly affiliated with the EMS. Guidance on this issue was published on January 15, 2008 and is available at https://www.fedcenter.gov/Documents/index.cfm?id=8864. The proper term is "declaration of conformance" of the system. Further, an EMS audit must be conducted by "competent" EMS auditors. These are auditors that have the proper training and/or experience and that have been declared by Management to be "competent" on the basis of that training or experience to conduct such audits.
Submitted by Cascio, Joe on Sep. 04, 2008 at 05:05 PM
Does the ESHMS conform to the ISO 14001 elements and all the requirements contained in the DOE O 450.1A
Submitted by Harris, Allan on Sep. 09, 2008 at 02:51 PM

The ESHMS Guidance conforms to all the requirements of ISO14001. I wrote this guidance based on my experience as head of the US(ANSI) delegation that created the ISO14000 series of standards. I am also one of four individuals in the US that respond to questions and produce the "clarifications of intent" on ISO14001 in the US. DOE O 450.1 was not considered when this guidance was created. So, there is no reference to ISMS for example. You should check closely, but I believe there are no conflicts between this guidance and 450.1.
Submitted by Cascio, Joe on Sep. 09, 2008 at 03:49 PM
Is the safety portion of the ESHMS based on / conform to a specific standard (OHSAS 18001 or ANSI/AIHA Z10-2005)?
Submitted by Thacker, William on Jan. 13, 2009 at 12:19 PM

The safety portion confoms to ANSI/AIHA Z10-2005. However, there is little dfference between Z10 and OHSAS 18001 so that the templates provided can be used for either standard. Obviously, it is always prudent to check the final system against the specific requirements of any of the standards to which the system is designed to conform to.
Submitted by Cascio, Joe on Jan. 13, 2009 at 04:02 PM

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