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    ISO 14001:2004 - Environmental Management System  
 
   
     What is ISO 14001?
 

ISO 14001 is the internationally recognized standard for the environmental management of businesses. It prescribes controls for those activities that have an effect on the environment. These include the use of natural resources, handling and treatment of waste and energy consumption. Environmental management means systematic approach to environmental protection in all aspects of business activities throughout which the organizations integrate an environmental maintenance to the business policy and also to the every day activity. The approach consists in establishment, implementation and maintaining of the correctly structured environmental management system, which takes a part in the whole management system and it is connected with all parts of organization environmental behavior. There is an exact proof that many organizations are expecting more responsible approach to environment from their suppliers and this new business ethics in many cases has led to the request for suppliers to establish the environmental management system (EMS) like the part of their business activity.

   

 

   Economic advantages:
 
  • Energy saving
  • Waste minimization (decreasing of costs for waste disposal)
  • Minimization of environmental fees and penalties for environmental pollution

 

 

   Advantages for organization management:
  • A tool for obtaining of information needed for planning and establishing of objectives
  • Risk minimizing of environmental accidents
  • Increasing of organization ethics
 
     Public relations:
 
  • Improvement of an organization image
  • Good public relations and good relations with a local government

In the international dimension there is a key standard for EMS implementation and its certification ISO 14001 – Environmental management systems. Specification with guideline for implementation

 
     The Benefits of implementing ISO 14001
 

Implementing an Environmental Management System is a systematic way to discover and control the effects your company has on the environment. Cost savings can be made through improved efficiency and productivity. These are achieved by detecting ways to minimize waste and dispose of it more effectively and by learning how to use energy more efficiently. It verifies compliance with current legislation and makes insurance cover more accessible.

 
     How do you start to implement ISO 14001? What is involved?
 

Firstly, you need to evaluate the effect your organization has on the environment. You then need to prioritize ways in which you might reduce them. Next, identify the boundaries of your management system and document your procedures for implementing the requirements of ISO 14001. You will need to ensure these procedures are implemented and then audited. If you have ISO 14000 systems in place, many of the requirements of ISO 14001 will already be covered, or can be easily incorporated into them.

Once developed, internal audits are needed to ensure the system carries on working. The setting of targets for the environmental policy and continual measuring against it ensures the system is maintained.


 
     Why seek certification to ISO 14001?
 

Once you have an environmental management system in place, you may choose to have it externally audited. Following a successful audit by an accredited certification body, you will be issued with a certificate of registration to ISO 14001. This demonstrates that your organization is committed to environmental issues and is prepared to work towards improving the environment. It also gives a competitive edge to the company's marketing and enhances its image in the eyes of customers, employees and shareholders

 
     Why ISO 14001 ?
 
Internal Benefits:-
  • Improvements in overall environmental performance and compliance.
  • Provides a framework for using pollution prevention practices to meet EMS objectives.
  • Increased efficiency and potential cost savings when managing environmental obligations.
  • Promote predictability and consistency in managing environmental obligations.
  • More effective targeting of scarce environmental management resources.
  • Enhance public posture with outside stakeholders.

 

Competitive Benefits:-

  • Increase in process yields.
  • Less downtime through more careful monitoring and maintenance.
  • Improved utilization of by-products.
  • Conversion of waste into commercially valuable forms.
  • Reduced energy consumption.
  • Savings from safer workplace conditions.
  • Reduction of costs associated with emissions, discharges, waste handling, transport & disposal.
  • Improvements in the product as a result of process changes. Higher quality, more consistent products.
  • More efficient resource use.
 
     ISO 14001: 2004 CERTIFICATION PROCESS:
 
  • Complete the (ENQUIRY / APPLICATION FORM) then submit form to our office.
  • Once we have received your Enquiry / Application form we shall send you a Core Questionnaire for completion
  • On receipt of the completed questionnaire a formal quotation will be sent to you.
  • If you find our quotation is acceptable, please sign it and return it to our office
  • We will arrange and conduct an on-site consultancy for documents implementation
  • We conduct an on-site audit once it is agreed that you are ready to move forward7) We produce a report on the findings plus recommendations. Unsuccessful audits may require a re-audit.
 
 
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