ISO 14001- Environmental Management System

What is ISO 14001?

ISO 14001 Environmental Management System (EMS) is a globally recognized standard, which can be implemented to any manufacturing or services industries. This guideline can be uniformly applied to organizations of any size or description. It was created by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) with the goal of establishing international environmental management system specifications.

ISO 14001 sets a regime for activities that have a positive or negative impact on the environment. These include the use of natural resources such as water, wood, natural gas, and oil, as well as waste processing and treatment and energy utilization.

The ISO 14001:2015 version has a ten-clause structure and uses the P-D-C-A cycle for effective environmental management system implementation. Aside from that, the revised version of the standard does not include criteria for preventive activities, an environmental manual, or a management representative, among other things.

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  • Initial visits and review of the existing system.
  • Gap analysis and planning for the documentation
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Documentation 

  • Environmental aspects and impacts study
  • Document preparation
  • Training and Handholding/ support for implementation
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Effective Verification

  • Internal audit for verification of implemented system
  • Management review
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  • Certification audit –
    Stage 1 & Stage 2
  • Closure of non-conformities support if any
  • Rewarding the certificate to the organization

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • Identification of processes having an impact (Positive/Negative) on the environment
  • Formulating Environmental Policy and Objectives
  • Aspect and Impact study
  • Identification of significant impact
  • Setting up a system for documentation and records.
  • Legal compliance
  • Environmental programs
  • Creating an environmentally responsible organization

The organization shall demonstrate continual improvement in the field of quality management system by maintaining, establishing, implementing, and providing documented information.

The documented information required for ISO registration

  • The organization’s scope
  • The organizations Quality policy and Quality Objectives
  • A Quality Manual
  • Standard Operating Procedures
  • Records at individual process/department. E.g. Sales, Purchase, Production, Quality Assurance, Maintenance, Customer Service.
  • Manufacturing units
  • Service sector including Educational institutes, Hospitals, and other service providing units
  • Trading units
  • Any other business units are irrespective of nature of business, size, and location.
  • Establishment of green processes as many as possible
  • Reduction in Risk of Non-Compliance related to Legal and Statutory Requirements
  • Conservation of resources
  • Satisfaction and Retention of Valuable Customers
  • Setting up a system for documentation and records
  • Good Marketing Tool and Credibility in Overseas Business
  • Status of an environmentally responsible organization
  • Year 1992 – BS 7750 standard launch
  • Year 1993 – Committee is created to develop ISO 14001 framework
  • Year 1996 – ISO publishes the first version of ISO 14001:1996
  • Year 2004 – 1st Revision of the standard
  • Year 2015 – 2nd Revision of the standard (10 Clauses introduced)
  • ISO 14004 Environmental management systems – General guidelines on implementation
  • ISO 14005 Environmental management systems – Guidelines for a flexible approach to phased implementation
  • ISO 14006 Environmental management systems – Guidelines for incorporating Eco design
  • The validity of the ISO 14001 Certification is 3 Years with a surveillance audit after every 1 year.
  • The process of obtaining ISO 14001 Certification entails designing and implementing of an Environmental Management System (EMS) that adheres to the ISO’s best practices for an environmental management system, getting it up and running, and having an ISO-approved auditor perform a full audit of the system.
  • Generally, whenever there is a revision, the previous standard is kept valid for 2 to 3 years. It is also called as transition period. Earlier the organization certified as per previous standards is expected to upgrade and get certified in accordance with the revised new standard.
  • This dependence on a number of factors, like the size of your firm, the complexity of your processes, the procedures you already have in place, and so on. Implementation can take 2-3 months for a smaller company (less than 100 people) and 5- 6months for a larger organization (more than 100 employees). The procedure is also influenced by the amount of time and resources your firm has to devote to implementation. That time should be factored into your overall schedule ahead of time, especially if you have a registration deadline to meet.
  • An ISO certification will need time, effort, and improvement from a variety of departments inside a company. The steps that must be done, however, are well worth it for any organization. Owners, staff, and customers will all gain from it.
  • To identify the authenticity of your accreditation body, one must
  • Visit the IAF – International Accreditation Forum website home page
  • Go to the IAF – International Accreditation Forum MLA–Multilateral Recognition Arrangement signatory’s category
  • Select the recognized AB – Accreditation Body subcategory or recognized region sub-category
  • From there you will select your country or the country your accreditation body belongs to
  • After which you can visit the website and look for your certification body.

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