ISO14000 SERIES ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS
The ISO 14001 standard provides organizations with the framework for an effective environmental management system (EMS) focussed on achieving their environmental and economic goals and objectives.
The overall goal is to protect the environment; prevent pollution and to continually improve overall environmental performance and regulatory compliance. ISO 14001 defines best practice requirements for proactive management of the environmental impact of your organization.
ISO 14000, ISO14001 ISO 14004… the myriad of ISO14000 standards and information related to environmental management can sometimes hinder progress and cause confusion.
ISO 14000 refers to a family of voluntary standards and guidance documents to help organizations address environmental issues on how to manage the environmental aspects of their activities, products, and services more effectively. These include:
• ISO 14001:2004 environmental management system requirements
• ISO 14004:2004 general guidelines, principles and system support techniques;
• ISO 19011:2002 – Guidelines for quality and/or environmental management systems auditing
• ISO 14015:2001 on the environmental assessment of sites and organizations.
• ISO 14025 on environmental labels and declarations
• ISO 14040 dealing with principles and requirements for conducting and reporting life cycle assessment studies
• ISO 14044 specifies requirements and guidelines on life cycle assessment of environmental aspects and their potential impacts throughout a products life cycle
• ISO 14050:2002 on the vocabulary used in environmental management;
Other new drafts include:
• ISO 14063, which gives organizations guidance on general policies and strategies with examples, to help improve internal and external environmental communication.
ISO 14001:2004 is the only standard that an organization can get certified too. The rest provide guidance on concepts, principles, terminology, specific issues and continual improvement.
EN ISO 14001
ISO 14001 was first published in 1996 and specifies the actual requirements for an environmental management system. It applies to those environmental aspects which the organization has control and over which it can be expected to have an influence.
ISO 14001 is often seen as the corner stone standard of the ISO 14000 series. However, it is not only the most well known, but is the only ISO 14000 standard against which it is currently possible to be certified by an external certification authority. Having stated this, it does not itself state specific environmental performance criteria.
ISO 14001 can be used as a tool; it focuses on controlling your environmental aspects or the way that your activities products and services interact with the environment; for example, emissions to air, land or water. Organisations must describe what they intend to do, adhere to their procedures and record their efforts to demonstrate compliance and improvement. You will set objectives, targets and implement a programme to improve your environmental performance which often leads to financial benefits.
This standard is applicable to any organization that wishes to:
• implement, maintain and improve an environmental management system
• assure itself of its conformance with its own stated environmental policy (those policy commitments of course must be made)
• demonstrate conformance
• ensure compliance with environmental laws and regulations
• seek certification of its environmental management system by an external third party organization
• make a self-determination of conformance Six Steps towards more Environmental Balance
Our experienced and attentive experts analyse and evaluate your processes and systems in six main steps:
1. Preliminary Audit
The auditors conduct a preliminary audit to determine whether any requirements associated with this standard have already been implemented in your company and, if so, which ones.
2. Documentation Review
The auditing team determines the extent to which the documentation of your eco-management concurs with the requirements of the EMAS.
Our auditors monitor how your company applies its environmental management system in practice, to test its effectiveness.
4. Issue of Certificate
When all criteria has been fulfilled, your company will receive the certificate. It certifies the integrity of your environmental management system and its compliance with ISO 14001.
5. Surveillance Audits
Our annual surveillance audits support you in constantly upgrading the process.
6. Certification Renewal
Every three years there is a repeat audit for certification renewal. This ensures a continued process of improvement and demonstrating your long-term commitment to your partners and customers for improved food safety.