ISO 14001 Environmental management systems - Requirements with guidance for use is an international standard for the development of effective environmental management systems applicable to all industry types. The ISO 14001 standard specifies a process for the control and the continuous improvement of an organisation’s environmental performance.
Organisations which have implemented an effective ISO 14001 environmental management system may benefit in many ways. ISO 14001 benefits include an improvement of environmental performance, understanding and meeting legal requirements as well as social responsibilities, assisting in demonstrating due diligence, lowering operating costs, improving public image and gaining new business.
Within the standard there are 17 elements of ISO 14001 that are required to be met by organisations seeking formal recognition for their EMS. The ISO 14001 requirements include developing an environmental policy, identify risks and legal requirements and setting programs to improve environmental performance. The ISO 14001 standard follows a PLAN – DO – CHECK – ACT cycle.
There are many steps involved with the development and implementation of an effective ISO 14001 environmental management system. Organisations may benefit by developing their own ISO 14001 checklist detailing the steps involved with ISO 14001 development and implementation.
An ISO 14001 environmental management system will need to be fully developed and implemented prior to an ISO 14001 certification audit. For an ISO 14001 environmental management system to be implemented the organisation will need to demonstrate a variety of completed actions.
There are two types of ISO 14001 audits, internal and external. An internal ISO 14001 audit is an audit which fulfils the requirements of element 4.5.5 Internal Audit of the ISO 14001 standard. An external ISO 14001 audit is an audit which is typically conducted for the purpose of ISO 14001 certification and completed by an Accredited Certification Body.
ISO 14001 training can be provided from a recognised training body, informally by an ISO 14001 experienced practitioner or internally within an organisation as part of meeting their training requirements.
Before organisations engage an ISO 14001 Consultant they should understand that they have varying abilities and experience. In fact, environmental consulting is an unregulated industry within Australia and unfortunately anyone can call themselves an Environmental Consultant without suitable experience or qualifications.
This website provides relevant information for organisations seeking to develop an ISO 14001 environmental management system or improve their existing system.
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