The environment and the impact that we as individuals and businesses have on it is at the forefront of everyone’s minds and is why ISO 14001 has become increasingly popular over the years. For environmentally conscious businesses, achieving ISO 14001 certification is a clear way to demonstrate your commitment to reducing, managing and improving your environmental impact.
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What is ISO 14001?
ISO 14001 is the international standard for Environmental Management Systems (EMS). The standard is designed to apply to organisations of every size, type, industry and scope, providing the crucial framework needed to implement and maintain an effective EMS that better protects the environment whilst meeting the economic needs of the business.
ISO 14001 helps organisations to improve their environmental performance with guidance on things such as product development, manufacturing, distribution, storage and business procurement and how they can be improved to reduce their impact on the environment. It also encourages organisations to look at how they manage their emergency response, stakeholders, customer expectations and relationships with the local community.
For some businesses, ISO 14001 may not require a lot of changes beyond documenting what they are doing but for some it can mean implementing a number of changes that work to make the businesses more efficient, reduce waste, increase revenue and achieve compliance.
What are the requirements of ISO 14001?
ISO 14001 requires documented evidence that the Environmental Management System (EMS) meets the required standard to ensure that the robust processes set out are in place. These requirements were designed to be applicable to organisations of every size, type, location, or level of maturity.
The requirements of ISO 14001:2015 are broadly separated into 10 sections or ‘clauses’. Clauses 1-3 don’t contain any requirements but describe the scope of the standard, normative references and terms and definitions used in the standard so that it can be better understood.
Clauses 4-10 contain requirements for an EMS and include;
- 4 – Context of the organization
- 5 – Leadership
- 6 – Planning
- 7 – Support
- 8 – Operation
- 9 – Performance evaluation
- 10 – Improvement
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What are the benefits of achieving this certification?
ISO 14001 is designed to help organisations not only achieve their own environmental objectives but also fulfil their environmental compliance obligations whilst enhancing their environmental performance.
Some of the many benefits of achieving ISO 14001 certification include:
- Reduction of waste and consumption
- Increased, efficiency and profitability
- Competitive advantage
- Increased success when tendering
- Reduced insurance premiums
- Improved brand image, credibility and reputation with consumers
- Increased employee satisfaction
- Ensures compliance with legal requirements
Should I use an ISO consultant in Hertfordshire?
When organisations are making plans to implement an ISO standard in order to achieve certification, there are certain things they will need to consider such as the cost, resources and time it will take to complete the project. A lot of businesses will often attempt to undertake implementing their chosen ISO requirements in-house, putting additional pressure on existing employees who have a full workload and are unable to sufficiently carry out and document the requirements of the standard.
Utilising the services of ISO 14001 specialists in Hertfordshire means that from the very start through to completion you have the support and guidance of experienced, knowledgeable ISO experts who work to ensure that your path to certification is as simple, straight forward and cost effective as possible.
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