I recently had a discussion about the need for environmental management systems to be required for every manufacturing facility. The following is my reply and I feel it is pertinent to not only manufacturing, but every organization. My current position as an OSHA compliance consultant that deals with a majority of dental practices and medical clinics has shown me that an EMS is also incredibly important for every area of our society. Think of the requirement to begin utilizing Pharmaceutical Waste containers to keep medications and anesthetic from getting into our water/soil tables. This is part of an EMS and has already begun to show promise in reducing the levels of medications saturating our water tables and getting into our food chain. While I focus on manufacturing facilities in this discussion, remember, environmental stewardship is part of everyone’s responsibility. We want to leave a cleaner planet for our kids and grand-kids, and this must start with us.