Why obtain ISO 14001 certification?
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
• 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?
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
Companies will have 3 years to meet the new standard. More to come on the final version.