ISO 14001 is an International certification standard for Environment Management system.ISO 1400 ensures quality assurance to the products and services in terms of adherence to environmental policies, actions, and plans. It also ensures a business to have an environmental management system and follow generic requirements.
Certification process of ISO 14001
- Identifying the effects of business activities on the environment such as manufacturing, packing, etc. Controlling the environmental hazards by specific standards.
- A structured approach for achieving environmental goals.
- Reporting achieved targets and specifying the reasons of using a particular method.
- The external stakeholders will have assurance of the quality.
- Compliance to environmental regulation and rules.
- Demonstrating conformity by analyzing the supplier’s declaration and assessment from the external stakeholder through base work.
BENEFITS OF ISO 14001
ISO 14001 aims towards protection of environment and help organizations:
- Increased Profit with lesser expenditure through reduced waste and energy, reuse and recycle through 3R concept.
- Optimal useage of resources (electrical, water and materials).
- Increase competitiveness.
- Reduce costs as a result of potential lower insurance rates.
- Commitment to environment protection.
- Cost saving through improved efficiency and productivity.
- Building company’s public image.
YOUR GENERAL APPROACH
In case you don’t have an Environment Management System in place, ISO 14001 helps you review your organization’s environmental status. Your environmental review should: –
- Find out your organization’s environmental aspects.
- Clarify the legal and other requirements that apply to your organization’s environmental aspects. Legal requirements include National and International as well as local and regional laws and regulations.
- Examine your organization’s current environmental management policies, procedures, and practices. Pay special attention to your organization’s purchasing and contracting policies, procedures, and practices.
Define the scope of your EMS. When ISO 14001 asks you to define the scope of your EMS, it is asking you to define its boundary.