ISO 14001 is an international standard which specifies the requirements for an environmental management system (EMS). It is the most popular and recognisable EMS in the world.
What is an EMS?
An EMS provides a structured way for an organisation to manage its environmental impacts. It is typically used to manage consumption of resources such as energy, raw materials and water, reduce / prevent pollution, ensure legal compliance and drive continual improvement.
There are different methodologies that you can employ to implement Environmental Management Systems. However, there are a number of published Environmental Management System standards that have been widely adopted by the vast majority of organisations.
The three main Environmental Management System standards are ISO 14001, the Eco Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS), and BS 8555. Workplace Law’s ISO 14001 consultants can help you implement these standards in your organisation.
Rather than stating specific environmental performance criteria itself, ISO 14001 provides a framework for an organisation to control the environmental impacts of its activities, products and services, and to continually improve its environmental performance.
Implementation of ISO 14001 will help an organisation implement, maintain and improve an environmental management system and external certification to the Standard will demonstrate conformance to customers and other stakeholders.
ISO 14001 can be implemented by a wide variety of organisations. However, a commitment to compliance with applicable environmental legislation and regulations is required, along with a commitment to continual improvement – for which the EMS provides the framework.
The ISO 14001 Standard has a number of clauses, with each one specifying the key requirements which, when fully implemented in a systematic way, will produce a management system that will effectively manage an organisation’s environmental issues.
The way in which the ISO 14001 Standard can be adopted is flexible – it does not set absolute requirements for how you or your organisation should interact with the environment – the boundaries of the system are set by you. However, it does include a commitment to legal compliance, pollution prevention and continual improvement.
Why choose Workplace Law?
Workplace Law’s ISO 14001 consultants have extensive experience in advising clients in all aspects of Environmental Management Systems. We can help you identify the most appropriate system for your organisation, and work with you to implement the various stages of the system to prepare you for verification by an independent auditor (if desired).
Personal relationships are important to us: we never forget that every client, every sector, and every solution is different.
In addition, the multi-disciplinary nature of our practice – encompassing HRM and health and safety management systems – means we can advise you seamlessly on related standards such as ISO 9001 and OHSAS 18001 and integrated management systems.
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