ISO 14001 – ISO 14001 – Environmental Management Systems, the world’s first international environmental standard has been helping thousands of organizations to improve their environmental, sustainability and operational performance since it was first published as BS 7750 in 1992. To ensure that ISO 14001 continue to serve organizations and maintain its relevance in today’s market place, the standard has been revised. The new standard addresses the change in environmental practices, and ensures that the management system is future proof. Companies, organizations and society have a global responsibility to grow without compromising resources for future generations. ISO 14001 was originally written with the environment in mind and that remains the priority for ISO 14001:2015.
Benefits of the new standard
Bringing the Environment and Continuous Improvement into the heart of your business
The revised standard will ensure that environmental management is now completely integrated and aligned with the business strategies of your organization. This strategic focus will result in optimizing the performance of your EMS making it more sustainable, saving money and helping preserve the world’s resources for future generations.
Greater involvement in the management system by the leadership team will ensure the whole organization will be motivated towards the organizations goals and objectives.
Improved Environmental Performance
Organizations will need to take steps to protect the environment and improve environmental performance. Good environmental management will reduce the risk of regulatory fines and can often identify opportunities to save money.
An Integrated Approach
With the new structure applicable to all new ISO management systems standards it will be much easier to implement multiple, integrated management systems.
Revision in more detail
The new standard expected in September 2015, will be based on Annex SL – the new high level structure (HLS) that brings a common framework to all management system standards. This helps to keep consistency, alignment different management system standards, offer matching sub-clauses against the top-level structure and apply common language across all standards.
The key changes in the proposed standard are:
- The emphasis on leadership
- The focus on risk management
- Emphasis on objectives measurement and change
- Communication and awareness
- Fewer prescriptive requirements
With the new standard in place, organizations will find it easier to incorporate their environmental management system into the core business processes and gain greater business benefits.
ISO 14001:2015- Process to obtain the certification
- Identify the applicability of ISO 14001:2015 to your organization.
- Make Decision for ISO Implementation/Certification.
- Get skilled team or hire services of consultant.
- Identify GAP Analysis.
- Make Implementation Plan.
- Opt PDCA [Plan-Do-Check-Act] cycle.
- Design, implement, aware about the Environmental Policy, Environmental Objectives, Impact Aspect Study & Documentation
- Establish & evaluate the system and procedure.
- Identify the boundaries of the management system and produce documented procedures as required.
- Ensure these procedures are suitable and adhered to the requirements.
- Once developed, internal audits are needed to ensure the system carries on working.
ISO 14001 assessments
The first stage will be to assess all areas of your organization that have an impact on the Environment. Your appointed Auditor will be able to check current systems and documentation that is being used and inform you of any improvements or additions required.
Some of the main areas they will be assessing:
- Site activities
- Documentation compliance
- Documentation management
- Regulatory requirements of ISO 14001
- Preventive and corrective measures
- Recording of information
- Management reviews of the system
- Internal Audits
- Staff awareness and training
ISO 14001 Regular Auditing Procedure
The next stage is the audit to check processes are being followed and documentation is kept up to date.
During the audit you will be assessed on:
- Documentation control
- Records being kept
- Staff and management conformance to the system
- How the system is working in each area of the organization
- Staff training necessary to meet the requirements