What Is ISO 14001

ISO 14001 standard provides an excellent framework for assisting organizations to manage environmental risks and to become environmentally friendly by developing and implementing Environmental Management Systems. A thorough and independent EMS audit can prove a huge benefit for organizations in identifying environmental risks, as well as opportunities to improve their performance. However, the ISO 14001 certification has its limitations.

The majority of organizations that have implemented environmental management systems are still vulnerable when it comes to managing the potential environmental impacts caused by climate change. Finally, most of the ISO 14001 certified organizations are not able to adapt their EMS to the requirements of more advanced and ambitious standards like EMAS or ISO 45001.

Not only will ISO 14001 (2015) certification help with creating a more sustainable and environmentally conscious business but you’ll also appeal to prospective customers and employees by implementing greener initiatives in the workplace and in work practices.

Improving Business’ Environmental Impact

ISO 14001 certification is the internationally recognized standard to prove your company’s environmental management system meets all requirements and can be audited by an independent body. There are three main reasons why ISO 14001 certification is a must for businesses: 

– It provides a detailed framework for companies to manage their environmental responsibilities through setting objectives, targets and improving on their practices;

– It can help your business meet legal and regulatory requirements for environmental management; 

– It is often a prerequisite of many customers and in some industries, like the building industry, it might be required to win work. 

Who Can Get ISO 14001?

ISO 14001 certification is available not only for Environmental Management Systems but also for several specific environmental aspects like: 

– Pollution Prevention

– Energy Management

– Environmental Labeling and Product Certification Systems

– Environmental Performance Evaluation, Auditing and Reporting Systems 

– Risk Management Systems (e.g. Occupational Safety & Health) 

You can implement an environmental management system to any level of detail, depending on your business and resources. For example, you may want a simple EMS that only has basic key performance indicators in place to help demonstrate responsibility. Or you might need a more extensive EMS which covers all aspects of environmental management within the organization.

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The Process

STEP 1

Pre-Assesment

We review your existing management systems in relation to requirements of the relevant standards for certification.

STEP 2

Stage 1 Audit

A review of your management system(s) documentation is undertaken as the first step in the certification process.

STEP 3

Certification Audit

The Certification Audit is conducted on site to verify that you have implemented the management system across your organisation.

STEP 4

Years 2 & 3: Certification Maintenance

We will conduct an annual Surveillance Audit to check the ongoing implementation of management systems across your organisation.

The Benefits

With the ISO 14001 standard, you can

Decrease the environmental impact of business activities

Utilise resources in an effective manner

Reduce waste, thereby improving productivity

Increase profits through an improvement in efficiency

Save money by decreasing waste, increasing recycling, and efficiently consuming resources

Achieve compliance, which will help you expand your business