What is ISO 14001?

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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.

The international committee finalized the ISO 14001 standards for environmental management systems in September of 1996.  Similar to the Quality Management System (QMS) of ISO 9001, ISO14001 requires implementation of an Environmental Management System (EMS) that complies with the defined internationally recognized standards. This standard set detailed structual requirements; which most consider as common sense. The ISO14001 standard specifies requirements for establishing
  • an environmental policy,
  • determining environmental aspects & impacts of products/activities/services,
  • planning environmental objectives and measurable targets,
  • implementation & operation of programs to meet objectives & targets,
  • checking & corrective action, and
  • management review.

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