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ISO 9001:2008 (Quality Management System) ISO 14001:2004 (Environment Management System) ISO 18001:2007 (Occupational Health & Safety Management System) ISO 22000:2005 (Food System Management System) ISO 13485:2003 (Medical Device System) EN 16001 (Energy Management) ISO 27001:2005 (Information Security Management System) TS-1649 (Quality Management System For Automotive Suppliers)
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ISO 14001:2004 (EMS)

What is ISO 14001:2004?
ISO 14001:2004 specifies requirements for an environmental management system to enable an organization to develop and implement a policy and objectives which take into account legal requirements and other requirements to which the organization subscribes, and information about significant environmental aspects. It applies to those environmental aspects that the organization identifies as those which it can control and those which it can influence. It does not itself state specific environmental performance criteria.

The Benefits of implementing ISO 14001:2004

  1. Meet legal and corporate policy requirement.
  2. Potentially fewer surveillance visits from regulatory agencies.
  3. Showing your business partners, regulatory agencies, and community that you are environmentally responsible.
  4. Increase Competitiveness.
  5. Increase profits through potential process improvements.
  6. Reducing your environmental liability.
  7. Complying with environmental laws and regulations.
  8. Improving relationships with regulators - organizations that implement an ISO14001:2004 (EMS) often report improved relations with government regulatory agencies, find that regulators are quicker to provide technical support, and find that the regulators are much more supportive in general.
  9. Capturing institutional knowledge - ISO 14001:2004 (EMS) ensures this information is properly documented, communicated and retained. The cyclical nature of this management system further ensures all system information is reviewed and updated at least annually.
  10. Streamlining operations - organizations often realize monetary savings as a result of greater operational efficiency and energy conservation.
  11. Increased awareness and participation - organizations benefit from better communication about environmental issues inside and outside the organization. ISO 14001 gives people an avenue to raise environmental issues and makes it clear that environmental performance is an important part of the corporate culture.
  12. Safety benefits - by reviewing the procedures for controlling significant operations, including a review of emergency preparedness and response proced.

Why seek certification to ISO 14001:2004?

  1. It shows that an organisation is committed to environmental issues and is prepared to work towards improving the environment.
  2. An ISO 14001 certificate enhances company image in the eyes of customers, employees and shareholders alike.
  3. It also gives a competitive edge to an organisation's marketing.

How do you start to implement ISO 14001:2004? What is involved?

  1. Evaluate your environmental effects and prioritize your responses to them.
  2. Identify the boundaries of your management system and document your procedures for implementing the requirements of ISO 14001:2004.
  3. Ensure these procedures are implemented and then audited.
  4. Once developed, internal audits are needed to ensure the system carries on working.
Model of ISO 14001:2004