4.5.1 Monitoring and Measurement
It is important to monitor key activities that can have a significant impact on the environment. In order to improve environmental performance quantifiable measures
must exist that reflect actual performance and trends.
Monitoring and measuring ensure the creditability, reliability and accuracy of recorded data and information. Information collected may also be of use in planning future improvement goals. A chart to assist in keeping records is provided in the monitoring and measuring procedure.
The responsible party within this procedure is often the management representative or EMS coordinator.
See the link below for an example of a monitoring and measuring procedure.
(This procedure can be downloaded and customized by replacing the red highlighted areas with the specifics for your farm. You can incorporate your procedure for this element within your EMS manual or maintain it as a separate document. A small farm may decide to incorporate language within the manual that addresses this element as opposed to having separate documents.)