Implementation of the ISO 14001 environmental management system can be feasible at small US chemical companies

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dc.contributor.advisor Morelli, John en_US
dc.contributor.author Barmasse, Matthew
dc.date.accessioned 2012-02-13T15:52:14Z
dc.date.available 2012-02-13T15:52:14Z
dc.date.issued 2002
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1850/14765
dc.description.abstract Small US Chemical companies are faced with a new conundrum, Is it feasible to implement ISO 14001 in addition to existing commitments to implement Responsible Care? This paper studies this question by reviewing the available literature sources, conducting industry trade association interviews, and through limited interviewing of small US chemical companies. The chemical industry currently faces many challenges including increasing demands by society and customers for improved environmental performance. Staffs and budgets are very tight in a small company. Upper management fears the addition of one more program to their already overworked staff. Significant agreement was found in the literary references, trade association interviews and literature, and interviewed companies that ISO 14001 has significant drivers for implementation and that the benefits outweigh the barriers of implementation. The findings from this research also show that small US chemical companies have adopted the "wait & see" attitude towards implementation. Small companies are aware of the looming need to implement ISO 14001. Most are waiting until that need for implementation becomes more compelling. Companies that want to be proactive but are not currently prepared to commit to full ISO 14001 implementation should conduct a GAP analysis between ISO 14001 and the already existing Responsible Care programs in place and become "ISO 14001 ready" in the event of the need for implementation. This will significantly reduce the amount of time and effort needed for implementation when and if the need arises. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Chemical companies en_US
dc.subject Environmental impact en_US
dc.subject Small business en_US
dc.subject.lcc TP155.2.E55 B376 2002
dc.subject.lcsh Chemical industry--Environmental aspects--United States
dc.subject.lcsh Environmental management
dc.subject.lcsh ISO 14001 standard
dc.subject.lcsh Environmental protection--Standards
dc.title Implementation of the ISO 14001 environmental management system can be feasible at small US chemical companies en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.college College of Applied Science and Technology en_US
dc.description.department Department of Environmental Management and Safety Program en_US
dc.contributor.advisorChair Valentine, Maureen

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