Protecting the Future of Our Environment
Modern businesses are becoming increasingly sensitive to the environmental damage that can potentially arise from daily operations and activities. This is reflected in the legislation and regulation that now surrounds safe environmental practice.
ISO 14001 represents the requirement for organisations to have internationally recognised Environmental Management Systems (EMS).
The requirement of an ISO 14001 standard ensures regulatory environmental compliance, as well as encouraging management to make proactive business decisions to reduce the impact on the environment.
This includes the implementation of programs and initiatives with measurable outcomes in order to track performance, as management would do with any other organisational performance indicator.
The purpose and focus of ISO 14001 is on the process rather than the end product or service, to ensure efficiency and enhance overall results. ISO 14001 is designed to help an organisation identify areas of its operation that can be targeted to reduce environmental impact and subsequently monitor and improve upon performance over time. This helps to develop a systematic approach to reducing the environmental impact of businesses by developing a widely recognised standard.
Gaining an accredited certification to the ISO 14001 Standard means:
The accredited certification process is expected to ensure that the organisation has an environmental management system, suitable for the nature of its activities, products and services, that conforms to the requirements of ISO 14001, and in particular can demonstrate for the defined scope that:
A. A clearly established environmental policy has been developed and is appropriate to the fundamental nature, operations, products and services that are inherent to the organisation.
B. The elements of the entire scope of business operations that can potentially cause environmental risk or hazards have been identified, and are accounted for in the organisation’s environmental policy
C. Procedures have been developed to identify and adhere to relevant legislation pertaining to environmental protection and these procedures are kept up to date.
D. all legal requirements have been identified and adhered to, and future circumstances are considered in this process
E. there are defined environmental objectives and targets that are measurable, where practicable, taking into account legal requirements and significant environmental aspects and has a method in place to achieve these objectives effectively
F. educates all internal stakeholders of the organisation on the environmentally conscious practice and policies
G. Communication procedures have been clearly established and documented for both internal and external stakeholders
H. ensures that those operations associated with significant environmental aspects are carried out under specified conditions and monitors and controls the key characteristics of its operations that can have a significant environmental impact.
I. has established and (where practicable) tested procedures to address and respond to emergencies that can have an effect on the environment.
J. regular compliance and legal checks are undertaken K. aims to prevent nonconformities, and has procedures in place to: 1. correct any nonconformities that do occur 2. Analyse and rectify instances of non compliance, and make efforts to understand the underlying causes L. there are sufficient and effective self auditing measures, and regular reviews occur by management
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