ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems

Assist with program development and implementation.

The ISO 14001 Environmental Management System (EMS) was developed by ISO (International Organization for Standardization), an independent, non-governmental membership organization and the world’s largest developer of voluntary International Standards. The ISO 14001 environmental management system is a structured system designed to help organizations manage their environmental impacts and improve environmental performance caused by their products, services and activities. It is also the leading international EMS standard. An environmental management system provides structure to environmental management and covers areas such as training, record management, inspections, objectives and policies.

Documented benefits on an EMS, specifically the ISO 14001 EMS include:

  • Operational cost savings
  • a reduction in permit violations
  • an improvement in legal compliance
  • reduction of waste disposal costs
  • improved emergency preparedness
  • helping to qualify for new opportunities in the public sector
  • helps to attract new customers.

ISO 14001:2004 sets out the criteria for an environmental management system and can be certified to. It does not state requirements for environmental performance, but maps out a framework that a company or organization can follow to set up an effective environmental management system. It can be used by any organization regardless of its activity or sector. Using ISO 14001:2004 can provide assurance to company management and employees as well as external stakeholders that environmental impact is being measured and improved. Companion to ISO 14001:2004 is the ISO 14004:2004 document that provided general guidelines on principals, systems and supporting techniques. ISO 14001:2004 is currently under review with a revision expected by the end of 2015. As with most all Standards, the ISO 14000 series documents are available by paid subscription. Certification to the standard occurs when your operations meet the Standard as determined by a third party certification registrar. Certification is fee-based. Reference: www.iso.org.

We can assist you with developing and implementing an ISO 14001 system, and preparing for certification. Please ask us how we may help you prepare for the implementation of an EMS.

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