Environmental Management system ISO 14001 Certification and Audit
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ISO 14001 is a framework for an Environmental Management System that provides the means of ensuring that a business or organisation considers all aspects of its operation that either actually or potentially has some impact on the environment. The impact may often be some form of resulting pollution but can also relate to consumption of non-renewable resources and waste generation and disposal.
ISO 14001 is also being used increasingly as a marketing tool to advertise an organisation’s environmental credentials to any potential customers as well as other interested parties.
The following briefly describes the main areas of consideration:
Policy and Objectives
ISO 14001 requires a clear Environmental Policy statement and the drafting of some Improvement Objectives once the “Aspects” and “Impacts” have been identified. The Objectives may for example relate to a reduction in an emission to a specified level, to reduce electricity consumption or to recycle more. The policy statement also must be made publicly available.
Defining the Environmental Aspects
It is necessary to identify the organisation’s “Environmental Aspects”; these being the various ways that the organisation interacts with or impacts on the environment. The Aspects may be very obvious in say a chemical or steel works, but can equally be applied to relatively clean service sector industries. In a simple office based business the environmental aspects would usually include the use of electricity, water resources and the means of general office waste disposal. Aspects and their respective Impacts will need to be prioritised or weighted in order that more significant issues are dealt with first.
There is a very large amount of legislation relating to the environment and ISO 14001 requires its adherents to identify and keep abreast of all relevant legislation. This is likely to be the most difficult part of maintaining an EMS, but there are various on-line resources that can be used.