ISO 14001 Environmental Management System

The ISO 14001 standard identifies requirements for an internationally recognised Environmental Management System

About ISO 14001 Environemental Management System

The ISO 14001 standard identifies requirements for an internationally recognised Environmental Management System (EMS).  It maps out a framework that an organisation can follow to:

  • Identify impacts on the environment
  • Define controls to prevent and reduce pollution
  • Ensure compliance with legal and regulatory requirements
  • Grow your business in a sustainable and environmentally responsible way

Enhance Your Reputation

It’s the duty of all businesses to create, implement, and maintain responsible practices when it comes to managing their environmental impact. The benefits of doing so aren’t just a win for the planet, though. The public’s eye has never been more focused on how organisations assess and improve their sustainability which provides ample incentive for getting your business certified.

Build trust with your customers, and enhance your reputation by committing to a cause that is, and will continue to be, at the forefront of everyone’s conscious.

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 Focus of ISO 14001

Following an update to the standard in 2015, the focus of ISO 14001 includes:

  • Compliance with government regulations and legal requirements
  • protecting the environment by preventing or mitigating adverse environmental impacts
  • Life-cycle thinking, considering each stage of a product or service, from development to end-of-life
  • Integration between environmental issues and strategic action planning
  • Waste reduction and resource efficiency
  • Mitigating the potential adverse effect of environmental conditions on the organization

Benefits of ISO 14001 Certification

  • Promotes sustainable development
  • Improves waste and energy management
  • Reduces the risk of non-compliance with legislation and subsequent costs or prosecution
  • Improves your brand image and demonstrates your organisation’s commitment to the environment
  • Demonstrates a commitment to compliance with legal and other requirements
  • Increases your access to new customers and business partners
  • Improves managing your environmental risks, now and in the future
  • Reduces insurance premiums, waste handling costs, and other related fees
  • Attracts investment, enhances brand reputation and removes barriers to trade
  • Provides an advantage over competitors who are not accredited

Certification Process

Certification involves GCC assessing your organisation in order to ascertain that management systems meet the requirements of one or more recognised standards. Becoming certified to a nationally or internationally recognised standard is of great benefit to an organization. It improves overall performance, builds confidence within stakeholder groups and broadens the scope of new opportunity.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is ISO 14001?

ISO 14001 is an international standard that sets out the requirements for an effective environmental management system (EMS). Following the ISO 14001 Standard guidelines, companies can create an EMS that helps them minimise pollution, make the most efficient use possible of their resources and comply with all relevant local and international regulations. The main focus of developing and implementing an ISO 14001 environmental management system is to help you reduce the environmental impact of your commercial activities by following more sustainable practices in all areas of your business. The favourable reputation enjoyed by companies that achieve ISO 14001 certification in Australia translates into financial benefits, making it well worth considering for organisations in all industries.

Is it essential to have an internal auditor for ISO 14001?

There has been some confusion about the requirement for an internal auditor since the latest update to ISO 14001 in 2015. Hiring a third party expert to carry out auditing is still perfectly acceptable if your company does not have a staff member with the necessary expertise. The clause that covers this requirement may appear to indicate that an employee of the organisation needs to perform the audit, but this is not the case. If you would like to arrange for an experienced professional to audit your EMS, you are, of course, more than welcome to get in touch with us to request a quotation. We provide a full range of ISO certification services in Australia and overseas, including auditing and training for ISO 14001 and other international standards.

How long does it take to update our system for ISO 14001:2015 compliance?

If you already have an EMS in place that is certified as compliant with the 2004 ISO 14001 standard, amending your documentation and procedures to achieve ISO 14001:2015 certification should be a relatively straightforward process. The new standard has been designed to give companies a greater degree of freedom in how they structure and implement environmental management systems, with fewer documentation requirements than before.

As long as your company can demonstrate compliance with the new guidelines, which have not changed radically since 2004, you should be able to complete the review and auditing process in around six months. It is possible to complete the procedure in less time, but we recommend that you take the time to evaluate your entire system while you are making the necessary changes. It is the ideal time to identify any other areas where improvements could be made.

If you would like to learn more about ISO 14001 certification and how it could benefit your business, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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