ISO 14001 specifies requirements for environmental management system. It is intended to use by organizations who aim to align their environmental responsibilities systematically. This encompasses specifications such as improving organisation’s environmental performance by reducing harmful effects on the environment caused by its activities, mandates to protect the environment and prevent pollution through organizational levels. It is also used as a tool to improve environmental performance, control costs and reduce risk.
ISO 14001:2015 is for those organization that aim to set up, improve, or maintain an environmental management system to conform with its established environmental policy and requirements. The requirements of the standard can be incorporated into any environmental management system, the extent to which is determined by several factors including the organization’s industry, environmental policy, products and service offerings, and location. 4C’s team of ISO 14001 consultants will provide right training and help in finding the gaps for the accurate implementation of the standardization.
Scope And Application:
This International Standard specifies requirements for a framework for an environmental management system and it applies to those environmental aspects where an organization has control or influence. This standard does not specify criteria for environmental performance.
ISO 14001 requirements are intended to be incorporated into any environmental management system. The extent of the implementation depends on activities carried out by the organisation, environmental policy, product and services of the organization.
This International Standard is applicable to any organization that wishes to implement and environmental management system including:
Single location to large multi-national companies
Manufacturing and Engineering Industries
Process and Service Industries
High risk companies to low risk service organizations
Implementation Benifites :
Provide cost savings through the reduction of waste and more efficient use of natural resources (water, gas and fossil fuels).
Tighten production processes, yielding efficiency and reduction in the risk of incidents.
Improve internal communications and morale - often leading to sound environmental solutions suggested by staff, who are the ultimate owners of your business processes.
Reduce insurance costs through demonstrating better risk management.
Lead to a better public perception of your organization and you could also gain a competitive advantage, leading to improved sales opportunities.
Policies and Objectives set by 'top management'
Improved internal and external Communications
Greater consistency and traceability of products and services
Understanding how statutory and regulatory requirements impact on the organization and your customers
Clear responsibilities and authorities agreed for all staff
Improved use of time and resources
Improved morale and motivation
Customer Confidence, Satisfaction and Trust
Level of Assurance in Organisational Environmental Performance
Ability to Differentiate Organisation for Competitive Advantage
Organisational Credibility & Reputation
ISO 14001 was designed by Environmental management Technical Committee ISO/TC 207, Subcommittee SC 1, Environmental management systems.
The organization shall establish, document, implement, maintain and continually improve an EMS in accordance with the ISO 14001 requirements. The organization shall define and document the scope of its environmental management system.
The level of implementation of the environmental management system, the size of documentation and the resources required for it depend on a number of factors, such as the Environmental policy, scope of the system, the size of an organization and the nature of its activities, products and services.
The environmental management system documentation shall include
Environmental policy, objectives and targets,
Scope of the environmental management system,
List of activities carried out by organisation their environmental aspect and impact
Framework for identifying significant aspect
Documents and records required for operation & control and
Documents and records for effective implementation and monitoring of environmental management system.