Understanding the 17 Elements of ISO 14001
The ISO 14001 elements need to be understood if your business or organisation is going to achieve certification status. By being fully conversant with each of the areas covered in the official ISO documentation, you’ll ensure you are fully prepared for your audit – and should pass the checks without the need for review. The elements outlined are not complex and relate to common-sense practices. Document control procedures, whether your environmental policy is endorsed by senior management, and emergency contingency plans are just three examples of points covered in the standard.
The Main Elements of ISO 14001
As mentioned, there are elements that must be covered in order to achieve ISO 14001 certification, examples of which are detailed below:
1. Potential Environmental Impact. Are you aware of the environmental impact your business or organisation could cause? You’ll need to be able to demonstrate this to successfully pass the ISO: 14001 audit.
2. Resources, Roles, Responsibilities. Your employees will need to understand (within an environmental context) what they’re meant to be doing and how. By the same token, what resources you use – and how you employ them – will be taken in to account.
3. Internal Endorsement. As mentioned before, you’ll need to demonstrate that your application is supported at the highest level of your organisation. Senior management must be committed to ISO 14001 if you’re to succeed.
This is by no means an exhaustive list. Arguably the most effective way to implement ISO 14001 is to work with external consultants and independent certifiers. Competent consultants like JR Consultants should know the ISO standards inside out, and will be able to design an implementation that’s a great fit for your business.
ISO 14001 Implementation
Here are three questions you may want to consider further, which build on the points made earlier in this text.
1. Do you have an existing Environmental Policy?
2. Have you considered the impact your company/organisation has on the environment?
3. Do you have a solid understanding of the regulatory requirements of your business?
If you have; then you maybe ready to pursue accreditation but get in touch and discuss this further with us.