What is a ISO 14001 certification? ISO 14001 is an international standard certification for the design and implementation of an environmental management system published by ISO(International Organisation for Standardisation).
Structure of the ISO 14001
The ISO 14001 is divided into ten sections. The first three entails the introduction and the outlasting seven having the requirements for the environmental management system.
The organisation’s environment policy must be consistent with the scope of an Environmental Management System(EMS). The intended objectives should aim to achieve environmental objectives and fulfil compliance obligations, among others.
It’s noted in ISO 14001 that there are no normative references.
Terms and conditions
There are specific terms and conditions for an Environmental Management System. Taking ISO 14001:2015 as an example, uses leadership, planning, and organisation as the specific core definitions and terms.
Context of the organisation
This clause discusses the requirements for gaining knowledge about your organisation for the successful implementation of the EMS. The senior management needs to have a commitment to the EMS through environmental policy definitions, responsibility and roles assignment and ensuring environmental commitment as well.
The needs in this clause discuss the importance of the top management to be contributing to successful EMS implementation. They must assign responsibilities throughout the organisation, communicate the environmental policy and should as well signify a commitment to the EMS.
Planning of the ongoing functions of the EMS should also be done by the top management. In this stage, there is an assessment of the opportunities and risks of the EMS and also environmental objectives improvement in order to accomplish the objectives.
The The support section covers all resources management for the EMS. It also incorporates the requirements around communication, awareness, and competency as well as the control of documented information.
This section deals with the aspects of environmental controls required by the processes of the organisation. Moreover, the need for potential emergency identification is necessary here so that the organisation is well prepared should an emergency occur.
This section discusses the requirements necessary to ensure that the EMS is performing well as expected. This involves measuring the processes, internal audits, and management reviews of the EMS.
This is the final section that outlines the requirements that must be satisfied to make the EMS better as time goes by. Taking corrective actions for processes as well as process nonconformity are also accessed to achieve improvement.
Benefits of implementing ISO 14001 in an organisation
Improved image and credibility through assuring your clients that you are committed to the management of environmental impacts.
Improved cost control through energy conservation and reducing the input materials help reduce the liability costs to an organisation.
The creation of a culture of improvement is also noticed because the organisation is always looking for options to make the process better, and this thereby makes EMS maintenance even easier.
Engaging with the employees and the immediate environment helps reduce the environmental footprints, and this increases employee retention and focuses as well.
Steps to finish implementation so as to get an organisation certified
After winding up with the documentation and implementation of the same, the following steps are mandatory to get the organisation certified:
Internal audit to check the EMS process in the organisation
Management review for relevant evaluation about the management system processes for resources assignment.
Corrective actions to correct the root cause of the problems which are identified and the procedure for their resolution is also documented.