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Environmental Policies for Construction, Manufacturing and Retail/Office.

April 2011
This month, Simply-docs has created three alternative Environmental Policies for those working in the construction industry, manufacturing, and shops or offices. The Environmental Policy Statement-Office/Retail is an updated version of our previous Environmental Policy Statement which has now been specifically amended to apply to an office or retail business. Both the Manufacturing and Construction Environmental Policy Statements are new. Each of the three Environmental Policies is similar but all contain specific clauses relevant to the particular industry and can be tailored to suit your organisation.

An Environmental Policy is your company’s written commitment to both the people within your organisation and to your customers and suppliers. It confirms the company's commitment to continuous improvement in managing environmental issues, including the proper management and monitoring of waste, the reduction of pollution and emissions, compliance with environmental legislation and environmental codes of practice, training for staff, and the monitoring of environmental performance.

Some of the many Environmental Regulations include:-
• Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011
• The Hazardous Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2005
• Environmental Protection (Duty of Care) Regulations 1991
• The Environment Act 1990
• The Control of Pollution (Amendment) Act 1989.

Although there is not a specific legal requirement to have an environmental policy, it is good business practice for all companies to demonstrate a commitment to the environment as an integral part of their day to day activities, indeed having such an environmental policy may form part of application for ISO 14001 certification or registration under the EMAS scheme.

Simply-docs has created the following documents:-

Environmental Policy Statement – Office/Retail

Environmental Policy Statement – Manufacturing

Environmental Policy Statement – Construction

The contents of this Newsletter are for reference purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. Independent legal advice should be sought in relation to any specific legal matter.

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