Textual Analysis of Environmental Compliance Assessment Program Findings
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSONAFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
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The United States Air Force USAF is committed to assessing environmental compliance this is achieved in the USAF through the Environmental Compliance Assessment Management Program ECAMP. These ECAMP audits are designed strictly to assess compliance performance at one point-in-time. They are not intended to assess underlying environmental management systems. This study provides insight into the USAF Environmental Management System EMS through a textual analysis of ECAMP data. The analysis discovers eleven categories that emerged from the data performance, communication, documentation, coordination, training, guidance, notification, resource, human resource, material resource, and financial resource. These categories display a hierarchical relationship. This hierarchical structure exhibits more categories in communication-related definitions. The evidence suggests that the communication-related category accounts for the largest number of environmental compliance deficiencies. This study indicates that assessors should be provided training that enables them to document environmental audit findings in a manner that allows the data to be used to understand and improve existing EMSs.
- Environmental Health and Safety