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Environmental Management ISO 14000 aims to provide students with the skills and knowledge to apply and help develop environmental management systems. The subject builds on the student’s knowledge of risk management, such as that gained in CVEN30008 Risk Analysis, and develops their ability to identify, assess and manage environmental risk that arises from the construction and operation of manufacturing or infrastructure facilities. It also builds on knowledge about sustainability such as is learnt in the subject CVEN90043 Sustainable Infrastructure Engineering, and other management systems such as those learnt in CVEN90045 Engineering Project Implementation.
At the conclusion of the subject, it is expected that students should be able to work under supervision in a capacity where they are responsible for the maintenance of an existing environmental management system, or assist in developing a new system. They should also be in a position to conduct simple internal audits and assist in more complex internal audits. The subject does not provide students with sufficient practice and skills to immediately become an accredited auditor in Australia.
Environmental Management ISO 14000 will cover the following related areas of study: the history of EMS from Demming Wheel to ISO 14000 series; the elements of an EMS; systems audit and review and gap analysis; legal requirements, due diligence document control, liability and ISO 9000 review; regulation and accreditation; community consultation; emerging issues in environmental management.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject the student is expected to:
- Describe the role of the ISO 14000 series of standards in industry
- Describe, in detail, the elements of the ISO 14001 and ISO 14004 standards
- Identify production processes and likely risks to the environment embodied in such processes
- Use risk management standards to review and prioritise the environmental risks of a facility
- Conduct an environmental assessment of an industrial activity
- Conduct an EMS systems audit of a commercial operation
- Write an EMS manual for particular business
- Prepare an environmental emergency response manual
- Ability to select and apply international engineering standards to a process
- Ability to design and implement a systems-based approach to managing risks
- Ability to apply knowledge of basic risk engineering fundamentals
- In-depth technical competence in both environmental and risk engineering disciplines
- Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution in respect to risk control
- Capacity for independent critical thought, rational inquiry and self-directed learning
- Effective risk communication with senior management, risk engineers team and the community.
Last updated: 4 July 2023