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Cabrini celebrates being green

Date: 06/06/2013
Cabrini is celebrating World Environment Day on 6 June by reminding staff to be mindful of the resources we consume in our work and promoting practices that have positive environmental effects.

 

Cabrini’s green fitness was confirmed when we were awarded ISO14001 certification for our environmental- management system – Cabrini was the first the large metropolitan health service to earn this distinction. The ISO14001 certification was an important achievement and the result of months of work by many staff across each campus.

“Cabrini needed to meet the 17 general requirements of the standard, including development of Cabrini’s environmental policy, identification and management of all environmental risks at each Cabrini location, documenting and training staff on their responsibilities and a management review of the environmental program,” said Scott Fraser, Environmental Engineer.

The auditor, who met 60 people during the survey, highlighted Cabrini’s positive culture of environmental awareness and the final report noted: “The strong commitment to the environmental performance of Cabrini is clearly visible from the highest management levels through to all levels of the staff profile”.

Achievement of ISO14001 certification is a significant milestone but not an endpoint: maintaining accreditation requires Cabrini to continue making improvements across its whole environmental program.

“Matters that require more attention include auditing of departments to measure what can be improved and further training of staff in waste segregation and energy conservation,” said Scott. “Further projects will be designed to increase the generation of recyclable materials, in order to reduce the volumes of waste sent to landfill.”

The next stage of assessment is a surveillance audit to check progress of the system. This is scheduled for mid-2013, and will be repeated six months later. From 2014, surveillance audits will be conducted annually.

Staff support Cabrini’s environmental management by identifying and communicating improvement opportunities and by working with their campus environmental working parties. They participate in events such as Earth Hour by undertaking environmentally friendly measures at work and at home by turning off lighting and power where possible.