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TURA EMS

Eligibility for doing a TURA EMS:

  • The company has completed its initial TUR Planning and two subsequent Plan Updates
  • The company's EMS has been in place for at least one full EMS cycle (i.e., plan, do, check, act) and has undergone at least one independent audit* in that time

*The TURA regulations define an independent auditor as a "person qualified by experience and/or training to audit an EMS. This person may be a third-party auditor or an employee of a facility provided that the employee is not the person who has responsibility for implementing the EMS."

If a company's EMS was developed in conformance with the standards of ISO 14001, the US EPA's Performance Track program, or other EMS standards adopted by a trade association or other standard-setting organization, it is considered suitable for this option as long as it meets the following basic requirements.

Basic Requirements of a TURA EMS

The TURA EMS must

  • Consider reportable toxics to be significant aspects
  • Contain the elements specified in 310 CMR 50.82
  • Cover all the production units identified in the most recent toxics use report
  • Consider toxics use reduction when establishing objectives and targets associated with significant aspects
  • Emphasize source reduction as the means of achieving objectives and targets

For more information, contact Pam Eliason at pam@turi.org or 978-934-3142. Also, the Department of Environmental Protection has created a useful "Frequently Asked Questions" resource on their website.