What is ISO 14001?

International organization for standardization has published it latest standard ISO 14001, which specifies the requirement for Environmental Management System (EMS). By implementing this standard, an organization can achieve its planned environmental performance.

Why 14001?

Every organization creates an impact on the ecology system. This impact may be positive impact or negative impact. The counter the negative impact in a more responsible way the organization has to indentify the kind of impacts it creates and takes appropriate steps to control or eliminate such actions.

ISO 14001 helps the top management to evolve an environmental policy through an environmental management system it can achieve:

  • Enhancement of environmental performance;
  • Fulfilment of compliance obligations;
  • Achievement of environmental objectives.

Who can achieve this standard?

ISO 14001:2015 can be implemented in any organization, regardless of size, type and nature, and apply to the environmental aspects of its activities, products and services. It helps the organization to either control or influence considering a life cycle perspective. ISO 14001:2015 is a management systems standard and it does not state specific environmental performance criteria.

Can ISO 14001:2015 partly implemented?

ISO 14001:2015 can be applied in whole or in part to systematically improve environmental performance. To claim as an ISO 14001:2015 certified organizations, it has to implement all clauses of ISO 14001 in to the organization’s environmental management system and fulfilled without exclusion.

What are the other benefits an organization can claim when implementing ISO 14001:2015?

Implementing Environmental Management System ISO 14001:2015 (EMS) in an organization achieves many benefits. Some of them are as follows:

  • It helps to reduce waste.
  • Improve resource efficiency, as all resources are effectively used and accounted for.
  • Drive down costs.
  • Improves the organizational image among the public and interested parties.
  • Provide assurance that environmental impact is being measured
  • Gain competitive advantage in the market.
  • Increase new business opportunities
  • Meet legal obligations
  • Increase stakeholder and customer trust
  • Improve overall environmental impact
  • Manage environmental obligations with consistency.

What are the major areas does ISO 14001:2015 addresses?

-Identification of risks and opportunities
– Environmental aspects
– Compliance obligations
– Planning action
– Environmental objectives and targets
– Project review from environmental point of view
– Environmental management programs
– Education, training and environmental awareness
– Environmental communication
– Creating procedures, instructions and documents
– Control of documented information
– Environmental records
– Operational planning and control
– Control of contractors and subcontractors
– Emergency preparedness and response
– Measurement and monitoring
– Approval by environmental agencies
– Internal audits
– Management review
– Corrective action

What is Annex SL? How does it impact this standard?

ISO has published several standards from 1987 onwards. As the organizations started implementing multiple standards, it experienced some similar clauses but those cannot be integrated.

ISO 14001:2015 is constructed based on the Annex SL concept. It has got 10 clauses. Annex SL is known as a high-level structure. This is created by ISO to provide a universal high-level structure, providing identical core text, and common terms and definitions which is common for all management system standards.

This has got 10 clauses and the titles of those are common in other management system standards.

This step was taken to make it easier for organizations that have to comply with more than one management system standard.

ISO 14001:2015 Training

We provide IRCA accredited ISO 14001:2015 training courses on the transition process to the updated standard, both as public training courses and online via our website. We can also provide in house training for IRCA accredited ISO 14001:2015 Lead Auditor courses, internal auditor courses if your organisation requires it.

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