- The environmental policy has to be defined by top management
- The environmental policy must be made available to the public
- The environmental policy must
be facility/company specific and incorporate the following:
- Pollution Prevention
- Compliance with Legal and Other Requirements
- Continual Improvement.
If you are not motivated by the thought of saving thousands of dollars in operating costs, raw material costs and waste disposal costs as a result of obtaining ISO 14001 certification of your environmental management system then you might be interested in some of the other benefits. These include:
- Good public relations - the facility’s image with the public, regulatory agencies, lenders, and investors will be enhanced
- Improvement in environmental performance - the facility will experience...
There is no denying that attaining ISO 14001 certification of your environmental management system (EMS) requires financial resources. However, once a facility is certified, there is an opportunity to recoup some of the money spent in attaining the certification. One of the underlying principles of ISO 14001 is to create a program that if implemented will show continual improvement. This continual improvement is achieved and measured as part of the implementation of the EMS by evaluating on a...Read More »
It’s kind of strange listing an EMS document as one of the musts to successfully obtain ISO 14001 certification of an environmental management system (EMS) when the ISO14001 standard doesn’t actually require an EMS manual to be developed. Sure there is the requirement to develop documentation as part of your ISO 14001 program (quite a lot of documentation in fact), but there is actually no requirement to develop an EMS manual. So why develop one? The same reason we document all sorts of things...Read More »
There is no getting around the fact that obtaining ISO 14001 certification of your environmental management system will require a commitment of financial and personnel resources. Financial resources will be required for items such as external training classes, consulting support, retaining a registrar to perform the registration audit and periodic surveillance audits to maintain the certification, and miscellaneous support items including signage, communication devices, office supplies, etc....Read More »
Four of the most important items needed to obtain ISO 14001 Environmental Management System certification are:
- A driver (a reason for obtaining the certification)
- A commitment of financial and personnel resources
- An gap analysis (initial audit) of your existing ISO 14001 EMS
- An Environmental Management System document.
A company that is considering pursuing ISO 14001 certification should initially determine what is driving their decision. Who cares if there’s a reason to obtain...Read More »
Having just attended the 2011 National Safety Council's Congress and Expo in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, I thought it would be a good time to remind everyone about the IS0 Occupational Health and Safety Management System standard (OHSAS) (ISO 18001). ISO 18001 was introducted in 2007 and can be applied to any facility that wishes to:
- Establish an OH&S management system to eliminate or minimize risk to employees and other interested parties who may be exposed to OH&S risks associated with...
As part of developing and implementing an ISO 14001 environmental management system (EMS), a facility will set objectives and targets. This process can be difficult without a clear understanding of the difference between an objective and a target as defined in the standard. The standard defines these terms as follows:
- environmental objective - as an overall environmental goal, consistent with the environmental policy, that an organization sets itself to achieve.
- environmental target - a...
- Accreditation status of the Registrar
- The Registrar's experience in performing ISO 14001 certification audits
- Qualifications of the employees performing the certification audit
- Familiarity of the auditors with your specific operations