ISO 14001 is used by organizations to establish and maintain an Environmental Management System (EMS) that is fully integrated with operational processes and minimizes impact to the environment. In 2019, ISO 14005 was introduced to help smaller organizations adopt and implement ISO 14001 in a phased manner.
The Five Key Components of ISO 14001 Management Systems
- Development of an Environmental Policy and Procedures document.
- Planning how the policy will be fully integrated with the business operations.
- Implementing the policies and procedures within operational processes.
- Checking the effectiveness of the policies and identifying opportunities for improvement.
- Management Review to ensure adherence to the policy at all levels in the organization.
The Principle of Continuous Improvement
Continual Improvement is a fundamental pillar of Environmental Management Systems. This aspect of ISO management causes improved communications and employee awareness, increasingly stringent environmental performance, and more effective emergency planning and emergency response programs. The continuous improvement objective is met by following the plan, do, act, check management strategy to achieve a better balance between the behavioural and systems aspects of your EMS.
ISO 14001 is one of several ISO standards related to EHS and ESG management programs.
ISO 14001 Training and Certification
Companies looking to implement ISO 14001, or provide employee training can do so through our partner, Advisera who offer a wide range of online ISO training material and certification programs. Here is a link to Advisera’s ISO 14001 content.