What are benefits of becoming ISO 14001 certified?

Posted in ISO 14001

Some of the benefits of implementing an Environmental Management System (EMS) in accordance with the ISO 14001 standards, include:
  • discovering areas for reduction in energy usage and other resource expenditure,
  • reducing environmental liability and risk,
  • helping to maintain reliable compliance with legislative & regulatory requirements,
  • benefiting form regulatory incentives that reward companies showing environmental leadership through certified compliance with an internationally recognized EMS standard,
  • averting pollution and reducing waste,
  • responding to pressure from customers and shareholders,
  • improving community goodwill,
  • profiting in the market for "green" products,
  • respond to insurance company pressure for proof of good management before pollution-incident coverage is issued, and
  • demonstrating commitment to high-quality.

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What are the requirements of ISO 14001?

Posted in ISO 14001

As with ISO 9001, the key to a successful ISO 14001 Environmental Management System (EMS) is having documented policies and procedures that are implemented and managed in such a way that achievement of environmental goals is appropriate with the features and size of activities is being conducted at your facility.

In addition, the EMS must include appropriate monitoring and review to ensure effective functioning of the EMS and to identify and implement corrective measures in a timely manner.

ISO14001 standards include the need for facilities to document and make available to the public an Environmental Policy.

In addition, procedures must be established for ongoing review of the environmental aspects & impacts of products, activities, & services. Based on these environmental aspects & impacts, environmental goals and objectives must be established that are consistent with the environmental policy. Documented programs must be set in place to implement these activities.

To ensure that the EMS is operating effectively and efficiently internal Audits of the EMS must be conducted routinely to ensure that non-conformances to the system are identified and addressed. In addition, the management review process must ensure top management involvement in the assessment of the EMS, and as necessary, addressing the need for changes.

The EMS policy(s) document(s) is the central document that describes the interaction of the core elements of the system, and provides a third-party auditor with the key information necessary to understand the environmental management systems in-place at the company. Consistent with the principles of ISO14001, the Environmental Policy and Environmental aspects/impacts analysis, including legal & other requirements, shape the program by influencing the selection of specific measurable environmental goals, objectives, & targets. Specific programs and/or projects must then be developed to achieve these environmental goals, objectives, & targets.

The checking & corrective action elements of the system help ensure continual improvement by addressing root causes on non-conformances. The ongoing management review of the EMS and its elements helps to ensure continuing suitability, adequacy, & effectiveness of the program.

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What is ISO 14001?

Posted in ISO 14001

The ISO 14001 standard is primarily concerned with "environmental management". This means what the organization does to minimize harmful effects on the environment caused by its activities, and to achieve continual improvement of its environmental performance.

Most companies are familiar with the ISO9000 series of standards . The ISO-14000 series have been developed for integrating environmental aspects into operations and product standards.

Who needs to become certified to ISO 14001?

Posted in ISO 14001

For many companies, conformance to ISO 14001 may become a contractual requirement of customers in both the U.S. and the European Community (EC).

Some companies setting goals to establish environmental management systems that conform to ISO 14001 guidelines in order to remain competitive in the global marketplace. For those companies who have already obtained ISO 9001 registration, the ISO 14001 registration is a logical next step because it is very similar to ISO 9001.

In addition to the company marketing benefits of obtaining ISO 14001 registration, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) may provide regulatory incentives under its Common Sense Initiative (CSI) program to benefit companies certified to ISO 14001.

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