ISO 14001:2004 – Environmental Management Systems
From September 2015 the ISO 14001:2004 Standard is superseded by ISO 14001:2015 – Environmental Management Systems. There’s a three-year transition process, meaning certifications to this Standard are still valid up to September 2018.
This International 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.
It 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 address 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
this Standard for your business?
Via a reduction in waste and consumption of resources
IMPROVED BUSINESS SUSTAINABILITY
With greater operational efficiency, improved internal controls and improved public perception
GREATER COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE
Your Environmental Certification could be the point of difference that wins you your next contract
WIDER MARKET POTENTIAL
Now that you qualify to tender for work requiring Certification to the Standard as a pre-requisite
PROMOTES INTERNATIONAL TRADE
When Certification is achieved
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.
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…
How We Can Help
Your personal Account Manager gets to know you, your business, and what you need to achieve out of your systems and your Certifications.
We take care of the whole process for you, answer all your questions and adjust our services to suit your resources and your individual business needs. We’ll be there for you to coach you through the preparation, through the audits and ongoing.
We assist in selecting your Conformity Assessment Body to ensure they have the appropriate knowledge of your industry to ensure you achieve the certification.
We understand that every business is unique – we want this to be a meaningful and value-adding process for you.
Your next step
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