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E-RAMP risk assessment tool for small waste facilities

E-RAMP (Environmental Risk Assessment and Mitigation Package) is a Microsoft Excel database tool to assist operators of small waste facilities assess and manage environmental risks. It has been developed in consultation with local council waste managers across rural/regional NSW. This is version 2 of the tool. E-RAMP assists operators of small facilities undertake a site specific assessment of current operating conditions and associated environmental risks.

These small facilities play an important role in local waste management. Their operators (mainly local councils) provide an essential service, often with limited budget and resources. E-RAMP assists operators with decision-making about the general management of small facilities and improving environmental performance.

About the tool

E-RAMP provides an objective, site-specific assessment of environmental risks, and potential measures to treat these risks. These assessments are based on background information provided by the user.

The following are considered in E-RAMP risk calculations:

  • sensitivity of the surrounding environment
  • types and quantities of wastes received, stored and/or disposed at the facility
  • presence or absence of management controls at the facility
  • measures to minimise the likelihood of emissions to the environment.

E-RAMP follows the risk management process covered by Standards Australia in AS/NZS 4360:2004.

E-RAMP consists of two parts:

  • The E-RAMP manual (PDF 645KB) provides information about E-RAMP and the risk management processes it employs. It also outlines the background information users need to supply, and how they can get started using the tool.
  • The E-RAMP Assessment Tool (XLSM 1.1MB) enables users to complete a series of questions and then generate a risk assessment based on standard risk management indicators. E-RAMP links to various external sources of environmental information to assist the user to complete the assessment. Users are encouraged to answer all questions. The default answers are the highest risk conditions and will result in a report indicating the facility has a high level of environmental risk.

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Page last updated: 17 March 2016