Does Your Company Need a Stormwater Permit?

March 22, 2017
By nlowe-hale

With an incredibly rainy winter in Seattle, and more wet weather to come, managing stormwater is coming to the forefront of everyone’s mind. Whether you are a new company applying for a permit and managing stormwater for the first time, or finding new outfalls, staying on top of the permitting process and responding to changes this time a year can be fast paced and is extremely important. Understanding the types of permitting and when each is needed can be difficult. To help with this decision process, here are a few questions that can be used to determine if your organization is in need of a stormwater permit.

 

Does you facility discharge stormwater to a surface water body of the state, a storm sewer system that drains to a surface water body, or a municipal combined sewer or sanitary sewer?

 

Is the facility performing industrial activity for a department or agency of the federal government?

 

Are fueling operations, or maintenance for vehicles and/or equipment conducted at the facility?

 

Is oil stored above or below ground at the facility?

 

Answering yes to any of these questions could indicate a need for a stormwater permit and possibly a Spill prevention, cleanup, and countermeasures (SPCC) plan. If you would like to know how Freer Consulting can help your business or other organization with permitting ,implementing, and maintaining a stormwater management system contact us at (206) 285-9044 or info@freerconsulting.com.

Reviewing Quality Objectives for ISO 9001 and 14001

January 17, 2017
By Brian Schefke

The advent of the new year is a good time for an organization to review its existing objectives to see if they are still relevant to the organization’s goals. If your organization is certified (or is seeking to be certified) in ISO 9001 or 14001, it’s worth looking at your quality and/or environmental objectives to determine if they are being monitored and measured properly and if the objectives themselves need to be updated.

ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015, sections 6.2.1 and 6.2.2, outline the requirements for quality and environmental objectives and how to plan for achieving them. Objectives should:

• Be consistent with the organization’s quality (or environmental) policy
• Be measurable
• Take into account applicable requirements
• Be relevant to conformity of products and services and to enhancement of customer satisfaction
• Be monitored
• Be communicated
• Be updated as appropriate

With these requirements in mind, it’s especially important to know if your organization’s objectives are being monitored and measured properly. If a review of your monitoring data doesn’t make clear how well you’re achieving your objectives, then it’s time to consider new methods of monitoring and measurement or modifying your quality and/or environmental objectives.

When planning how to achieve its quality and/or environmental goals, the organization needs to decide the following:

• What will be done
• What resources will be required
• Who will be responsible
• When it will be completed
• How the results will be evaluated

A regular review of all of these requirements will enable your organization to set measurable objectives and ensure that your quality management or environmental management system is functioning as designed.

If you would like to know more about how Freer Consulting can help your business or other organization with implementing and maintaining an ISO-compliant quality or environmental management system, contact us at (206) 285-9044 or info@freerconsulting.com.