ISO 14001

ISO 14001: 2004 (Environmental Management System)
In addition to the quality assurance certificates of the ISO 9000 series, which are now found worldwide, the ISO has begun the development of the ISO 14000 series for the environmental field, as a consequence of the Rio Earth Summit in 1992. The ISO 14000 series offers companies the possibility of having their environmental behavior certified. The first environmental Standard - ISO 14001 - applies to environmental management systems and was adopted in 1996. With the expansion of the ISO standard development process into the environmental sphere, lobby groups such as the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) and consumer organizations active in this field have begun to take an interest in the work of the ISO and to engage with it. ISO 14001, an Environmental Management System (EMS) is a part of the overall management system that includes organizational structure, planning activities, responsibilities, practices, procedures, processes and resources for developing, implementing, achieving, reviewing and maintaining the environmental policy.

Essentially, an EMS is a structured, organization-wide approach that enables a company of any size or type to address the environmental impacts of its activities, products and services. An EMS makes possible controlling environmental impacts, setting initiatives to improve environmental performance, to achieve these and to demonstrate that they have been achieved on an ongoing continual basis.

Costs
» Staff (Manager’s) time
» Other employees’time
» Workforce times
» Potential consulting assistance
» Outside training of personnel
» Investment on environment related equipment
» Certification fees

Benefits
» Improved environmental performance
» Fewer accidents/Reduced Liability
» Enhanced customer trust
» Conserve input materials/energy
» Waste minimization
» Minimization of risks/health hazards and calamities
» Increased efficiency/Reduced costs
» Enhanced Compliance to environment legislation
» Demonstrate continual improvement
» Facilitating the attainment of permits and authorization
» Improving public/industry/govt./community relation image