ISO 14001

ISO 14001: Environmental Management

The ISO 14000 family of standards provides practical tools for companies and organizations of all kinds looking to manage their environmental responsibilities.

ISO 14001

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) created ISO 14001 as an environmental management system standard. This standard is aligned with ISO 9001 and OHSAS 18001, so organizations can easily incorporate an environmental management system into an existing quality or occupational health and safety management system. The ISO 14000 standards provide a guideline or framework for organizations that need to systematize and improve their environmental management efforts.

Why obtain ISO 14001 certification?

An ISO 14001-certified environmental management system can help mitigate and control your environmental risks.

Deploying a certified environmental management system demonstrates a corporate culture that strives to minimize environmental hazards associated with your activities.

By implementing such a system, you can reduce operating costs, minimize regulatory risks, and improve your corporate image.
Third-party certification demonstrates to your customers that you have high internal standards and strive to minimize your environmental impacts.

Important provisions of ISO 14001

ISO 14001 is based on the Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) methodology, which can be summarized as:

Plan: create objectives and processes to implement the environmental policy;
Do: Implement the processes;
Check: audit and report the results of the processes against the environmental policy, objectives, and legal and other requirements; and
Act: continually improve the company’s environmental performance.

Within the standard there are 17 elements of ISO 14001 that are required to be met by organizations. ISO 14001 does not create specific goals and objectives for an organization’s environmental policy, but creates standards so that the organization can address and minimize their environmental impact.

ISO 14001 requires organizations to identify all applicable legal requirements and evaluate themselves against their legal requirements every three years. Organizations must not only identify the applicable environmental requirements, but also ensure that the legal requirements have been updated to reflect the current laws and regulations. ISO 14001 is in transition and the focus will be on continued compliance.

How can Red-on-line help implement my ISO 14001 environmental management system?

A key aspect of an ISO 14001-certified environmental management system is identifying the environmental impact of your organization.

Red-on-line provides customized legal registers that provide all of your legal obligations, and can incorporate your other corporate requirements as well. With our customized legal registers, you can track and improve your environmental compliance over time.
Our EHS specialists track and monitor regulatory developments, so that you can be certain you are complying with all of your legal obligations.

The future of ISO 14001

ISO 14001 is currently under review with the expected final draft to be finalized by the end of 2015.
Companies will have 3 years to meet the new standard. More to come on the final version.

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