First Environment supported Con Edison with a redesign and re-certification of its ISO 14001 Environmental Management System (EMS) for the Central Field Services Division, comprised of multiple facilities in New York City. Central Field Services supports all line and equipment infrastructure for Con Edison and manages the vehicle and truck fleet, including alternative fuel vehicles. It maintains compressed natural gas filling stations at several of its field locations. Central Field Services is also responsible for waste management and operates a Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) -regulated polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) destruction facility.
For this project, First Environment applied knowledge gained from an EMS assessment performed prior to the initial EMS certification in 1998. With a re-certification audit looming and reorganization in the works, Con Edison needed an overhaul of its existing procedures. First Environment provided an on-site management representative, assisted in the redesign of the EMS structure, and participated in the ISO 14001 re-certification audit. Key aspects of this project included:
- Comprehensive gap analysis
- Redesign of EMS, including:
- 12 new components
- 17 new procedures
- EMS awareness training
- Interface with a steering committee drawn from across organizations
- Ambitious objectives and targets
- Expansion of corrective action process
- Internal auditing of main facility and 16 regional facilities
- Management review presentation
- Third party audit support
The assessment and implementation efforts resulted in a redesigned ten-element EMS with 17 new procedures that met ISO 14001 requirements and could support the expectations of Central Field Services and Con Edison with regard to environmental, health, and safety performance. The system incorporated all of the performance standards for compliance developed by the corporate environmental, health, and safety group.
At the conclusion of the project, Con Edison acknowledged that First Environment’s substantive recommendations were instrumental to the successful re-certification under the ISO 14001 standard.