Published July 14th, 2020
ISO 14000 is a set of international standards designed to help organizations operate without negatively affecting the environment, adhere to environmental laws and regulations, and continuously improve processes. One vital component of the ISO 14000 series of standards is ISO 14001:2015 which specifies the requirements for an effective Environmental Management System (EMS).
This article provides an introduction of what an EMS is, how to develop one, and the benefits of having your EMS certified to the ISO 14001:2015 standard. Helpful resources are also made available to assist you to get ready for your ISO 14001 certification.
An Environmental Management System (EMS) is a framework and set of processes designed to help organizations achieve their environmental goals and regulatory standards in a cost-effective manner.
The basic elements of an EPS can include the following (as recommended by the US EPA):
Certification of an EMS is entirely voluntary but can demonstrate credibility and reinforce an organization’s commitment to its environmental responsibilities. The most widely adopted EMS certification is ISO 14001:2015, which is a globally recognized standard and is commonly integrated with other quality management systems and standards such as ISO 9001.
Here are some of the main benefits of having a ISO 14001:2015 certified EMS:
Understanding the entire ISO 14001:2015 process can be overwhelming. Here are five key steps that organizations typically go through to achieve EMS certification:
Any organization who wishes to be ISO certified needs serious planning and preparation to ensure that effort, money and time is not wasted. Take time to re-assess your business processes. Check and review all significant data and documents.
Be equipped by getting familiar with the entire ISO 14001:2015 certification process. Identify legal requirements. Define the EMS scope and procedures.
It is important that all employees know what goals you are trying to achieve and the process involved to improve the EMS. Next step is to provide training on understanding the ISO standards, developing management systems, dealing with non-conformances, and so on.
The best way to evaluate if the EMS is effective is to perform internal audits and self-assessments. Use digital ISO 14001 checklists to assist with documenting and tracking the improvement of your processes.
Choose a notable third-party certification body that will come in to assess the EMS process for adherence with the ISO 14001:2015 requirements.
Achieving an ISO 14001:2015 certified EMS requires time and investment but the benefits to your business and the environment can be significant. Other management systems like the ISO 9001 can be completed to improve other processes holistically. Get started with this free ISO 14001:2015 checklist converted into a digital template using iAuditor – the world’s #1 inspection software and mobile app.
Achieving an ISO 14001:2015 certified EMS requires time and investment but the benefits to your ...
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