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ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management Systems

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.

WHAT IS ISO 14001?

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,

  • Establish a corporate environmental policy that makes strong commitments to the environment
  • Understand how activities, products and services interact with and impact the environment, and identify significant impacts
  • Set environmental objectives, targets and programs and manage them closely
  • Determine competency requirements for persons who have the potential to cause significant environmental impacts and ensure these requirements are met and records retained
  • Manage environmental documents and records to a high professional standard
  • Develop operational controls in areas that have significant environmental risks
  • Develop environmental emergency preparedness and response plans
  • Establish a range of feedback mechanisms to update management on environmental performance and effective functioning of the system.

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.

WHAT IS IT BASED ON

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.

PLAN: Defining Goals

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.

DO: System Execution

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.

CHECK: Process observance

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.

ACT: Performance enhancement

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.

WHO SHOULD USE IT

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.

It includes,


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:

  • Identify cost savings, particularly in your resource, waste and energy management
  • Improve efficiency and reduce environmental impact across your product life cycle
  • Improve your corporate image and credibility, so helping you win new customers.
  • Quantify, monitor and control the ongoing environmental impact of your operations
  • Ensure your organisation understands and complies with environmental legislation, so reducing the likelihood of fines and prosecutions
  • Improve the environmental performance of your supply chain
  • Potentially reduce the costs of public liability insurance for your organisation
  • Clearly identify leadership responsibilities and improve employee engagement through improved communications

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS

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:

BENEFITS OF ISO 14001

  • Customer, investor, public, community assurance by demonstrating commitment
  • Improving cost control through use of energy, which also may imply a reduction in the cost of running your business.
  • Providing and improving the care for the environment and achieving the intended deliverables of environmental management
  • New business opportunities, as credibility from stakeholders and consumers for minimalized environmental impact, is established.
  • Realizing one’s own responsibility and managing environmental responsibility in a systematic manner
  • Identification, description and reduction of risks and reducing incidents that result in liability, therefore reducing insurance costs
  • Improving the company’s profile/image and improving the environment
  • Stakeholder and Risk management through a High Level Structure (HLS), easily integrate with more than one standard
  • Fulfilling legal regulatory objectives and other environment-oriented demands of a demography.
  • Gain a competitive advantage over the environmental performance throughout the supply chain.
  • Early identification of problems with the environment.
  • More guarantees for the compliance with legal and other requirements.
  • Preventing potential problems, sanctions and expenses related to the removal of potential damages caused to the environment.
  • Competitive advantages.

OUR CERTIFICATION PROCESS

Preliminary audit (optional):

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.

Certification audit:

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.

Issue Certificate:

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.

Monitoring:

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.

Renewal:

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.

WHY TRAIBCERT

TRAIBCERT, an independent third party certifying body, believe that an audit process should be about good communication between the Client, Auditee, and the Auditor. Our approach to registration ensures that the auditor is at your facility for all of the important stages of the audit process. TRAIBCERT’s services are designed to help you achieve an Accredited ISO 14001 certification as well as maintain it in the way that best meets your needs, and to deliver tangible business benefits for your organisation.Through our straightforward and efficient approach towards the development of effective Management Systems, We bring together specialist advisers and assessors to provide you with appropriate Training and certification services to ensure that your management systems are focused on your needs and the needs of your clients by providing you with a rapid, compliant and effective route to certification.

We maintain open communication with you throughout the entire process, where we welcome your feedback and discussion in an objective manner. Our proprietary certification process is designed to provide objective, value-added feedback on your business performance as not only assess how well your organization meets all these requirements; but also put forward a detailed report, illustrating the way the concern performs.

Your benefits at a glance

  • A series of common standards that are implemented globally throughout the supply stream.
  • Receive objective recommendations for ongoing continuous improvement
  • Public recognition for your commitment to a process which produces environmentally sound products or services, providing on-time delivery and meeting customer and consumer expectations.
  • A complete GAP analysis of your company with respect to your Certification Requirement.
  • Conducting pre-assessment and Internal Audit.
  • Increased opportunities for new business from customers that require ISO 14001 certification
  • Know your system is effective and practical in the local environment.
  • Independent feedback and discussions to foster continual improvement to help your bottom line.
  • Training and guiding your team to implement best practices as per the certification guidelines.
  • External, independent validation that your environmental management system conforms to the requirements of ISO 14001.
  • Have a qualified and experienced global pool of auditors at your disposal.

With the certificate issued from TRAIBCERT’sthe organisation is able to prove to the stake holders about the Environmental management system commitment and it is ability to meet the global standards.

Our document certifies that the holder has been able to handle the environmental issues in a highly effective manner and ensure that the enterprise holding this certificate is taking necessary steps to complete environmental & social duties.

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