Environment preservation is one of the major area of concern, we are facing in the world.Environmental impact has become an increasing concern for companies, as local and global environmental issues bring increasingly restrictive rules affecting air, water and ground pollution. Therefore in today’s business environment, consumers are very particular about clear signs where the environmental processes and impact of a business are effectively managed. However, more than presenting such elements as a part of your corporate management system, it is highly required to make a clear demonstration that they can be continually improved on.Aneffective management of environmental issues contributes positively to economic gain and increases the competitiveness of the company, caring for the environment improves the image of the company when it fulfill its environmental duties.
In accordance to constantly evolving global awareness, every manufacturer and service provider are forced to implement suitable management systems to their supply chains to ensure their environmental friendliness. In order to prevent environmental degradation,various tools and techniques are being used of which, ISO 14001 the Environmental Management System (EMS) is one of the most effective approach towards it.
The major objective of any environmental management approach is to,
The ISO 14001 was developed primarily to assist companies with a framework for better management control that can result in reducing their environmental impacts. With the ISO 14001, companies can merge environmental programs into one cohesive system to efficiently manage all environmental activities. In addition to improvements in performance, organizations can reap a number of economic benefits including higher conformance with legislative and regulatory requirements by adopting the ISO standard. ISO 14001 certification provides organizations with a competitive advantage by demonstrating to their customers that their environmental processes and impacts are effectively managed, continually improving, and part of the corporate management system.
ISO 14000 is a family of standards related to environmental management that exists to help organizations to identify, prioritize and manage environmental risks as part of normal business practices to enhance its performance. In simple terms, it is a means to highlight your organization’s commitment to environmental protection. It provides a framework that an organization can follow, rather than establishing environmental performance requirements to set up an effective EMS. ISO 14001 is voluntary, with its main aim to assist companies in continually improving their environmental performance, while complying with any applicable legislation. There are five key focus areas in the ISO 14001 standard:
Some of the major elements, which an effective EMS focuses on at an organizational level are,
In many terms, ISO 14000 is similar to ISO 9000 quality management where both pertain to the process of how a product is produced, rather than to the product itself. This indeed enable Organizations that align their commercial objectives with global ecological concerns stand to gain a substantial competitive advantage. Therefore, compliance to such a standard ranks high on the agenda of thousands of organizations worldwide that place importance on their environmental impact. The mandate will still require the basic principles and existing requirements of ISO 14001:2015 in addition to improving environmentally safe outputs as part of the core management system.
The essential elements for ISO 14001 environmental management systems certification are that, it must commit to continual improvement and to comply with applicable regulations and legislation, the elements which will drive your organisation to continually develop your environmental performance and achieve greater recognition in the marketplace in which you operate.Both ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 share a common structure, terminology and framework which makes the standard very complimentary enabling an easy and seamless integration organized as a "single system" rather than two separate stand-alone systems which many organizations holding both certifications would have operated.
The major underpinning of the ISO 14001environmental management system is the ‘Plan-Do- Check-Act’ cycle which is in common with other management system standards.
Gap assessment is one factor which is highly recommended to identify all possible rudiments of business operations that influences with the Environmental Aspects. It provides the organization with a clear definition of management principles. Which helps to plan and establish environmental goals and targets, which can be built on to their policy. It is a useful tool for an organization to step up from just maintaining regulatory compliance to an organization with improved productivity and enhanced competitive advantage.
In this phase, the devised principles and processes are to be implemented by the organization to make sure that are in-line with their policy. In order to do so, it is necessary to implement resources and foster better assurance and process over the elements such as credentials control, knowledge transfer to employees, readiness and responsive during emergency situations. Above all, an effective and a vigorous part of this phase is to establish a collative participation and communication across all levels of the organizational stack up to implement an effective EMS in place.
Monitoring and compliance observance on a periodic basis is another important factor once the process has been implemented. It is to make sure that the environmental targets and objectives, at an organizational level, are being met. Internal audits are also a part of this phase which is conducted to make sure that the EMS is in-line with the compliance and requirements and are being adhered to.
During this stage, a management review is conducted to ensure that the objectives of the EMS are being met, the extent to which they are being met, and that communications are being appropriately managed; and to evaluate changing circumstances, such as legal requirements, in order to make recommendations for further improvement of the system.
The ISO 14001 standard is highly flexible allowing it to be applied to the complete range of business sectors, scopes, and activities, which is one of its great benefits. Itprovides a framework through which an organisation can deliver environmental performance improvement in line with its environmental policy commitments. Similar in structure to the ISO 9000 quality management system standard, ISO 14001 outlines key requirements companies should comply with in order to operate in an environmentally responsible manner. ISO 14001 is applicable to all types and sizes of manufacturing and service operations throughout the world where it specifies environmental requirements that the organization identifies as those which it can control and influence.ISO 14001 is flexible - it is as applicable to both the small business and the multinational organization. The extent of the application depends on factors like the environmental policy of the organization, the nature of its activities, products and services, the location and the conditions in which the company functions.
For simpler, small companies we offer our ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 Group Scheme – a simple low-cost approach to certification. This offers the best value approach to certification for smaller companies currently available. For more complex companies (multi-site, complex design processes, international trade etc.) or larger companies, we offer Training services, systems design, development and deployment, and certification.
Some of the major benefits that an organization would enthrall through the implementation of a robust environmental management system to streamline processes at an organizational level are:
In order to get certified for ISO 14001, there are few requirements that an organization needs to fulfill during initial assessment and audit process. The documents that you need to produce if you want to be compliant with ISO 14001 are:
Mandatory records that needs to be in place are:
TRAIBCERT’s experienced and highly-skilled auditors would listen to you and perform an initial assessment to understand audit issues and maximize your chances of being certified.The audit focuses mainly on the areas of the system that needs further improvements inline with the standard’s requirements, in order to achieve the business objectives. Once identifying and eradicating potential vulnerabilities in the management system, the actual audit in relation to the certification begins.
This phase is comprised of a stage 1 and stage 2 audit consists of detailed review where, TRAIBCERT’s auditors with expertise and vast knowledge on the industry sectors, assess your documentation, interviews your teams, analyzes your practices, your data against the requirements of the standard inview of fulfilling the requirements. We strive to reveal observations that can add value through reduced costs, increased efficiency, and decreased time to market.
Once our highly competent & qualified auditors who are experts in the sector, identifies that yousatisfy the requirements of ISO 14001-2015, we TRAIBCERT a leading accredited certification body will Issue the ISO 14001-2015 certificate.
Annual surveillance of the ongoing optimization of your processes and management system would be carried out to ensure adherence of the system with that of the ISO standards.
Upon reaching 3 years from the date of issuance of certificate, the maximum validity of the certificate, we will provide full support to your organization towards the re-certification for the next term.