Environmental Policy for an Office

Office Environmental Policy

HS.ST.01.05
This Environmental Policy – Office is specifically tailored to a standard office environment. Although not a legal requirement, it is good business practice to have an Environmental Policy.

This policy used to be the Office/Retail policy but this has now been separated into two independent documents.

An environmental policy is your company’s written commitment to both the people within your organisation and to your customers and suppliers. It confirms your 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

The first step towards your commitment is to create an Environmental Policy Statement.

This should have specific and achievable goals, and be clearly written for your target audience of your staff, suppliers, customers and where relevant – the general public.

• In a normal office the largest amount of waste material generated will probably be paper and packaging, so your Environmental Policy will include commitments on how you intend to reduce the wastage or to recycle as much as possible.

Once written it must be signed by the most senior Director to demonstrate that it is a Company Policy and reviewed at regular intervals, normally annually, along with your Health and Safety Policies.

The Environmental Policy is duplicated in the Staff Handbook Policies Sub-folder in the HR Policies and Forms section of the Employment Document Folder.

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