What is ISO 14001?
The Standard provides guidance to organizations for determining those environmental issues and “aspects” associated with their activities, to manage them most effectively and measure Environmental Management performance. Certification to ISO 14001 verifies compliance with current legislation and integrates well with ISO 9001 and OHSAS 18001 management systems.
Regardless of the industry, developing and adhering to ISO 14001 compliant processes ensures that management can maintain control of all activities that may have an impact on the environment. ISO 14001 provides a framework for an organization to identify and modify or eliminate potentially environmentally harmful processes before they cause damage or injury.
ISO 14001 can be applied to both service and manufacturing businesses. The standard requires a company to define environmental objectives and targets, and the management system necessary to attain these targets. The standard requires that the company adheres to that system’s processes, procedures, and activities.
In a time when increasing regulations are being developed and implemented to protect the environment, ISO 14001 compliance provides protection against the unintentional violation of these regulations, which can create financial penalties and negative publicity for a company.
Benefits of ISO 14001 Certification
Implementing an Environmental Management System is a systematic way to analyze and control the effects that your company has on the environment. Cost savings can be achieved by detecting ways to minimize waste and dispose of it more effectively and by learning how to use energy more efficiently.
ISO 1400 certification enables your organization to work with companies who place an emphasis on environmentally friendly suppliers and partners. It publicly demonstrates your company’s commitment to the environment and will help you make better use of your company resources.