Environmental Management System
The purpose of the Environmental Management System is to achieve and demonstrate environmental excellence by assessing and controlling the impact of Laboratory activities, research and development (R&D) projects, and facilities on the environment, public, and employee health and safety.
At PNNL we are committed to providing a safe and healthy working environment for all staff; protecting the general public and the environment from unacceptable environmental, safety and health risks; and operating in a manner that protects and restores the environment. See PNNL's Environmental, Safety and Health Policy.
Pacific Northwest Division (PNWD) uses the International Organization for Standardization (ISO 14001) Environmental Management System (EMS) as a tool to manage, control, and measure environmental impacts. Potential environmental impacts (aspects) from laboratory operations are identified and controlled using several methods. The ISO 14001 EMS is designed to help improve environmental performance, provide for compliance with the law, improve efficiency and effectiveness, reduce costs, and earn and retain regulator and community trust.
The Battelle PNWD EMS was first registered to the ISO 14001:1996 Standard in November 2002 and has maintained registration to ISO 14001:2004 since December 2005.