ISO 14001 Environmental Management System
ISO 14001 was developed to provide a management system to help organisations reduce their environmental impact. The standard provides the framework for organisations to demonstrate their commitment to the environment by:
- Reducing harmful effects on the environment
- Providing evidence of continual improvement of Environmental Management
- Meeting environmental legal requirements
The standard is generic and does not apply to any particular industry or business sector. It provides a strategic framework that can be used to meet internal and external objectives for Environmental Management.
What is ISO 14001
ISO 14001 provides a framework for organisations to improve their environmental management systems:
- Develop an environmental policy and establish a plan for procedures and controls.
- Set measurable targets to meet anti-pollution and legislation requirements and allocate resources to meet the objectives.
- Training, communication and documentation set up throughout the organisation.
- Operational control to identify risks and impacts.
- Planning for an emergency event or prevention identified.
- Continuous monitoring and measuring.
- Proper recording, auditing and management reviews in place.
By following through each of the stages and setting up a robust environmental management system, your organisation will benefit from cost savings and sales advantages that can increase your profits.
Benefits of ISO 14001 Environmental Management System
By achieving ISO14001 certification you will be able to clearly demonstrate your commitment to reducing waste and recycling materials where appropriate. The benefits to your organisation will not just be in cost savings, they may also prove beneficial when tendering for new business.
Other benefits include improved efficiency, employee engagement and mitigating the risk of fines and prosecutions.
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Who is it for?
Because of its generic nature and universal acceptance, the ISO 14001 standard has the potential to affect the environmental management practices of virtually every manufacturing company in the world. It can also be used by charities, voluntary organisations and trade associations. Any organisation whose products, services or day-to-day activities have an impact on the environment needs to be aware of ISO 14001.
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Background to ISO 14001
Like ISO 9001, ISO 14001 is a product of the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO). ISO 14001 is the world's first generic, internationally recognised standard for environmental management. Of the group of ISO 14000 standards, ISO 14001 is the actual standard to which companies get registered. Experts are predicting that the impacts of this dynamic standard will transcend the vast popularity of the world-renowned ISO 9001 quality standard. ISO 14001 measures the conformance of an organisation's Energy Management System (EMS) to the specified requirements. Click here to read more about what to do next.
ISO 14001 Process
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