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.
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!