Environmental Management Systems
The 2006 Amendments to the Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA) created alternative planning opportunities for companies subject to TURA that have completed a TUR Plan and two or more updates. One of these is a TURA Environmental Management Systems (EMS) plan. An Environmental Management System is a systematic approach to effectively integrate environmental considerations into an organization’s day-to-day operations and management culture.
Once prepared, a progress report must be submitted every planning year and certified by TUR Planners who have been approved by MassDEP by earning additional TUR credits in the appropriate disciplines.
TURI provides training programs to meet MassDEP requirements and to enhance Planners' skills in the area of Environmental Management Systems (EMS) so that Planners can evaluate and certify these types of plans.
A TUR Planer already accredited or certified under a recognized EMS standard may certify a TURA EMS. A Limited Practice Planner with two years of experience working on the company's EMS may also certify a TURA EMS. Otherwise, a TURA Planner can certify a TURA EMS after receiving a one time, 16 credit training in TURA EMS.
TURA Environmental Management Systems training is typically a two day training held in odd numbered years. The cost for this training is $325.00 for TURA Filers and $375.00 for Non-Filers.
Continuing education credits are required for a TUR Planner to maintain the accreditation for certifying a TURA EMS.
MassDEP has Planning Guidance for EMS plans.