How can ISO 14001 2015 Certification improve your business?

ISO 14001 is the most widely recognised environmental management system standard in the world. There are more than 300,000 ISO 14001 certifications in 171 countries around the world.

Did you know that a country’s level of participation in ISO 14001 is a significant predictor of its environmental innovation? (1)

The benefits of ISO 14001:2015  implementation for your business are numerous:

  • Deciding which Standard(s) you require certification to;

  • Defining the scope of business activities covered by the management system; and

  • Selecting an external consultant (if required).

Every company, large and small (industrial, manufacturing, services, or trade related) has an impact on the environment and can therefore benefit from ISO 14001 certification.

For large corporations, ISO 14001 certification can provide a globally consistent set of environmental management procedures yet allow each local office to identify its own environmental needs and objectives.

For manufacturers, the standard encompasses all the environmental effects of a manufacturing site, including energy use, water treatment, waste disposal, noise and air quality.

Continual improvement
The standard provides best practice methodology to improving your environmental performance and ensuring you remain legally compliant. It requires that your company monitors and continually improves its performance.

What are my business’s environmental aspects?
Environmental aspects are the ways that the processes of your company interact with the environment around it.

Determining the environmental aspects of your business is an important element of the ISO 1400:2015 environmental management system standard, as it’s the first step outlined in the planning process.

Some categories to consider when you’re trying to identify the environmental aspects of your business activities might include:

Emissions to Air: Can you quantify how much your vehicle fleet contributes to emissions? Do you vent chemically-laden emissions outside your premises?

Releases to Water: Is there a possibility that uncontained spills or waste chemicals from your premises might drain into storm water or adjacent streams?

Releases to Land: How likely are your waste products to contaminate landfill sites?

Use of Raw Material and Natural Resources: Does your business rely heavily on cleaning agents or chemicals. Are you a hefty water user?

Use of Energy: Do your offices depend strongly on computers, lighting and air conditioning?

Energy Emitted: Is your core business blasting, drilling or engaging heavy machinery which may potentially impact on nearby fauna?

Waste and By-products: Does your office produce large amounts of waste paper or packaging? Is your construction company characterised by heavy by-product of plastic, scrap metal or laminate waste?

Physical Attributes: Is your business located proximate to a nature reserve or characterised by large expanses of glass which might put some species at risk?

We will provide more information on the ISO 14001:2015 certification and the requirements of the standard in our next blog!

“Ford & ISO 14001” read  on ….

Ford Motor Company saved millions since becoming the 1st automaker to achieve ISO 14001 certification for all its manufacturing facilities worldwide in 1998.

“Ford & ISO 14001; The Synergy Between Preserving the Environment and Rewarding Shareholders”
Author Tim O’Brien.

O’Brien chronicles the successful strategy of the world’second largest automaker in achieving independent certification of more than 140 enormously complex manufacturing facilities in 26 countries.

The Construction Industry

Trends: In the 2014/15 period Australia generated 20 mega-tonnes (mt) of construction waste of which 12 mt was recycled. (2)

Waste aspects – plastics: The construction sector relies heavily on single-use packaging, principally plastic films.

ISO 14001:2015 continual improvement – International construction company, ISG: ISG produced more than 100 tonnes of plastic packaging waste in 2017. In a recent trial project, the use of 47 reusable crates removed the need for 4,200 wooden crates with plastic sheet wrapping! (3) (ISO 14001:2015 certified company)

ISO

New brochure – ISO & construction: a concise overview of ISO’s substantial portfolio of International Standards for the construction sector. Available free.

If you are interested in the ISO 14001 Certification, you can find the details here or contact us on 1300 614 007.

(1)  Lim & Prakash (2014). Voluntary Regulations and Innovation: The Case of ISO 14001. Available from:
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/260606249_Voluntary_Regulations_and_Innovation_The_Case_of_ISO_14001

(2)  Australian Government (2016). National waste report 2016. Available from:
http://www.environment.gov.au/system/files/resources/d075c9bc-45b3-4ac0-a8f2-6494c7d1fa0d/files/national-waste-report-2016.pdf

(3)  Cousins (2018). How can construction kick its plastics habit? Available from:
http://www.constructionmanagermagazine.com/insight/how-can-construction-kick-its-plastics-habit/

About the author

Managing Director at ISO Certification Experts

Erica is a Certified Trainer, Implementer and Auditor for ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 45001 and ISO 27001, and heads up the day-to-day operations of the business.