The Standard For Environmental Management Systems
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ISO 14001 ensures your business is executing ethical environmental practices on a daily basis. It provides tools and tips to reduce your environmental impact and improve environmental performance.
The standard sets out a plan that a company or organization can follow to ensure an environmentally conscious management system is being implemented. It can be utilized by any business or organization regardless of industry, activity, or sector.
It assures your business is executing good environmental practices without compromising quality, performance, or service. Seeking an ISO 14001 certification gains the trust of customers and stakeholders that your business is running smoothly with environmentally conscious practices. It also reassures management and employees that your business is aware of future impact, securing the stability of your business.
ISO 14001 has been implemented by approximately 230,000 organizations in 159 countries.
While there were earlier standards for environmental management systems (EMS), ISO first released its 14001 standard in 1996. The current version is ISO 14001:2015.
The ISO 14001 environmental management system standard was developed by an internationally selected standards committee to help all types of organizations develop plans to minimize their impact on the environment, especially to minimize pollution.
ISO 14001: 2015 needs the organizations to adopt a set of practices and procedures that together constitute a comprehensive EMS. These are the key requirements underlined by the standard which organizations need to fulfill for implementing their EMS.
1. Context of the Organization: Firstly, the organizations need to understand their context with respect to the standard. They shall recognize all the internal factors as well as external issues that either influence the purpose of the EMS or affect the objectives to be achieved by the EMS. The factors also include the expectations or needs of the different interested bodies of the organization. Understanding the context helps in establishing the structure of the EMS and implementing it.
2. Leadership and Commitment: This requirement highlights the significant role of the top management members in the implementation and maintenance of the EMS. Their participation ensures that the EMS gets a definite direction in your organization and employees become accountable for its effectiveness. They will define an environmental policy, set of objectives, and communicate specific responsibilities to the employees.
3. Planning– This section highlights the need to evaluate the organization’s current environmental framework and potential risks to determine the objectives of the EMS. This requirement also needs you to analyze the key environmental interactions of your organization as well as legal environmental obligations.
4. Support: This requirement implies your organization should be prepared with all the resources necessary for implementing, maintaining and improving the EMS. The resources also include communication, awareness, employee competence and documented information.
5. Operation: This section calls for organizations to determine, implement and improve the processes and practices that are required for meeting the purpose of EMS. It also includes deciding the actions for responding to emergency situations.
6. Performance Evaluation: Fulfilling this requirement shall ensure that your EMS performs efficiently and helps your organization progress towards the proposed objectives. To evaluate the performance of the EMS, your organization should monitor the processes to identify if any
of its aspects needs improvement.
7. Improvement: The EMS shall be also reviewed periodically to identify nonconformity issues and any other weaknesses so that you can take corrective actions to resolve them. Constantly reviewing the conformity of EMS ensures that it is improved in the long run.
ISO 14001 is an international regulatory standard for Environmental Management System (EMS). It provides organizations with a set of requirements for developing, implementing, and consistently improving their EMS. The EMS is a comprehensive management framework that helps businesses to reduce the impacts of their operations on the environment and ensure the sustainability of resources. Achieving the ISO 14001 certification will hence prove that your organization has implemented the best EMS to fulfill the commitment to environmental protection and using the Earth’s resources consciously.
The ISO 14001 certification is an internationally accepted certification for EMS and hence, achieving it will help your business to stand out from the competitors in terms of environmental performance.
The interest of businesses in environmental management is increasing day by day as impacts and consequences like climate change, global warming, soil depletion, contamination of water, polluting of air are becoming evident. Any business that feels the need to protect the environment with a greener approach and strong policies can get the ISO 14001 certification regardless it is a small-sized business, an SME or a large multinational corporation.
The costs for getting certified vary with businesses and it depends on some key factors which are size of business, type of industry, and complexities in the processes. Employing the ISO 14001 certification consultants will help in optimizing your costs because they can provide you with a methodical approach and speed up your preparation process for the certification.
Thus, the cost for certification entails the resource costs (resources needed to implement and maintain the EMS), training costs (if training courses are required by you), and fees of the consultants.
We provide a simple 5 step process to make your business fully ready and eligible for ISO 14001 in the shortest possible time.
1. Initial consultation where our consultants discuss the standard’s requirements and help you understand them.
2. Formal assessment or gap analysis of your existing environmental practices to find which requirements are not met or half met.
3. Document preparation involves formulating the EMS according to the ISO 14001 standard by closing all the gaps identified before
4. Correct implementation of the EMS by deploying the right resources and by ensuring proper training of employees
5. Internal audit to check whether the EMS complies with the ISO 14001 requirements
On completion of the fifth step i.e., after passing the audit, you can confidently apply for certification and be assured that your business will get certified successfully.
ISO 14001 focuses on the implementation of an Environmental Management System that helps businesses to reduce or minimize their impacts on the external environment including natural resources, living habitats in their surroundings, and local communities. ISO 45001, on the other hand, helps organizations to focus on minimizing risks or hazards in their internal environment i.e., within the workplace. It emphasizes the implementation of the Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSMS) which helps to assess, identify and eliminate risks of occupational injuries and sicknesses at the workplace. The ISO 45001 standard hence ensures the safety and wellbeing of their valuable employees or workers.