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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