ISO 14001:2004

Environmental Management System

The ISO 14001:2004 Standard has been revised by ISO 14001:2015

ISO 14001:2004 – Environmental Management Systems

From September 2015 the ISO 14001:2004 Standard was superseded by ISO 14001:2015 – Environmental Management Systems. There was a three-year transition process, meaning certifications to this Standard were valid up to September 2018.

The Standard

The ISO 14001:2004 Standard is all about minimising any negative impacts on the environment (via adverse changes to air, water or land), complying with applicable environmental laws and regulations, and continually improving in these areas.

ISO 14001:2004 provides a framework for better management control with the goal of reducing environmental impact, and higher conformance with environmental legislative and regulatory requirements.

How Does this Standard fit with the ISO 14000 Family of Standards?

The ISO 14000 Family of Standards addresses various aspects of environmental management. ISO 14001:2004 and ISO 14004:2004 focus on environmental management systems, and the other Standards in the Family focus on specific environmental aspects such as life cycle analysis, communication and auditing.

Just to explain a few:

  • ISO 14001:2004 is the world’s most recognised framework for environmental management systems and an organisation can be certified to it
  • ISO 14004:2004 complements ISO 14001 by providing additional guidance and useful explanations
  • ISO 14031:1999 provides guidance on how an organisation can evaluate its environmental performance
  • ISO 14040 series of Standards provide guidelines on the principles and conduct of life cycle assessment studies and how to reduce the overall environmental impact of an organisation’s products and services
  • ISO 14050:2009 covers environmental management vocabulary

What are the benefits of
the ISO 14001 Standard for your business?

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Via a reduction in waste and consumption of resources

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With greater operational efficiency, improved internal controls and improved public perception

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Your Environmental Certification could be the point of difference that wins you your next contract

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Now that you qualify to tender for work requiring Certification to the Standard as a pre-requisite

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When Certification is achieved

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Certification requirements demonstrate an innovative and forward-thinking approach to your customers, and that environmental legal and regulatory requirements are being met and continually monitored

What types of businesses will benefit from Certification to the ISO 14001:2004 Standard?

Any business that wants to achieve environmentally sustainable success via improved resource efficiency, reduced waste and reduced costs will benefit from implementation of the Standard.

Businesses will also benefit from Certification to the ISO 14001:2004 Standard where they need to demonstrate this commitment to stakeholders, or where they want to demonstrate this innovative and forward-thinking approach to their customers and their marketplace.

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How the Certification Process Works

Firstly, we’ll work with you to determine exactly which Standards and Certifications are right for your business, what you want to achieve out of the process for your business, and identify any deadlines you need to achieve Certifications by. This is your chance to get all your questions answered!

Then we’ll go through with you what you already have in place and how effective you think it is, and what you’d like to see change. Depending on what you already have, the next step might be a Gap Analysis against the requirements of the Standard – this will give us a to-do list of what needs to be done before commencing the formal Certification process.

When it’s time for your Certification Audit, it’s conducted in two stages:

Stage 1 (Readiness Review) is a full review of your business processes and documented information to ensure all requirements of the Standard (relevant to your business) have been addressed.
Stage 2 (Certification Audit) is an assessment conducted at your office (and project sites, if applicable) to ensure that you actually do what your processes and documented information say you do.
All Certifications run on a three-year cycle, usually with audits 12 months apart, so, this initial audit process is then followed by:

Year 2: Surveillance Audit
Year 3: Surveillance Audit

Then we start again with a Triennial Audit, followed by two annual Surveillance Audits, and the cycle continues…

Your next step

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