ISO 14001 (ENVIRONMENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM)
ISO 14001 standards main objective is to obtain environment management systems that help organization to minimize how their processes negatively affect the organization. Compliance with applicable laws, regulations and all other environmental regulations and continually improvement in its operations and processes.
ISO 14001 and 9001 are similar to each other pertaining processes of quality management system of how a product is produced, rather than to the product itself. As with ISO 9001 certification is performed by third party organizations rather than being awarded by ISO directly.
ISO 14001 is known as a common management system standard, meaning that it is appropriate to any organization looking for to improve and manage assets more effectively. This includes:
- Single -site companies to large incorporated companies
- High-risk organizations to low-risk service organizations.
- Manufacturing, processing and the service industries, including local governments.
- All industry sectors including public and private sectors
- Original equipment manufacturers and their suppliers.
BASIC PRINCIPLES AND METHODOLOGY:
THESE ARE BASED ON WELL IDENTIFIED PROCESS:
PLAN --DO--CHECK--ACT (PDCA-CYCLE)
- Plan--establish objectives and processes required
- Do-Implement the Processes
- Check-Measure and monitor the process and report results
- Act-Measure and Monitor the process and report results
ISO 14000 SERIES STANDARDS:
- ISO 14001 (EMS)—Requirements with guidance for use.
- ISO 14004 (EMS)—General guidelines on principles, systems and support techniques.
- ISO 14006 (EMS)—Guidelines for incorporating ecodesign.
- ISO 14015 (EMS) --Environmental assessment of sites and organizations
- ISO 14020 (EMS) series (14020 to 14025) Environmental labels and declarations
- ISO 14030 (EMS) discusses post-production environmental assessment
- ISO 14031 (EMS) Environmental performance evaluation—Guidelines
- ISO 14040 (EMS) series (14040 to 14049), Life Cycle Assessment, LCA, discusses pre-production planning and environment goal setting.
- ISO 14046 (EMS) sets guidelines and requirements for water footprint assessments of products, processes, and organizations. Includes only air and soil emissions that impact water quality in the assessment.
ISO 14001 (EMS) BENEFITS:
- Reducing environmental impacts.
- Improvements in performance of organizations environmental hazardous.
- Higher conformance with legislative and regulatory requirements by adopting the ISO certification 14001.
- Minimizing the risk of regulatory and environmental liability fines and improving and improving organizations efficiencies.
- Reductions of wastes and consumptions of resources and operating costs etc.