ISO 14001 standard, published in September 1996, provides
a model for establishing a management system that is
focused on controlling and improving a company's impacts
on the environment. In this session, environmental management
systems, tools, and techniques are described as a framework
for continual improvement of environmental performance,
including compliance to environmental regulations. Effectively
applied, ISO 14001 promises cost savings, waste reduction,
energy efficiency, resource productivity, and improvements
in public relations and liability. This session will
also address the commonalities between ISO 9001 and
ISO 14000, as well as what companies should consider
when starting their implementation of an ISO 14001 Environ-mental
Management System (EMS).
IS ISO 14000?
14000 is a series of standards describing EMS, tools,
and techniques. One of these standards, ISO 14001, is
the internationally accepted model to follow for implementation
of an EMS. It is an auditable standard similar to ISO
9001, and includes a framework for continual improvement
of environmental performance, control, and regulatory
compliance. ISO 14001 is not a government standard,
nor is it focused primarily on regulatory compliance.
It is a systematic approach to improving all aspects
of environmental management in a company, and is built
on a continual cycle of planning, implementing, reviewing,
and improving the actions that a company takes to meet
its environmental obligations. Companies who have implemented
an ISO 9001 quality system are committed to continual
improvement, and ISO 14001 is a natural extension of
that commitment. Many of the elements of ISO 14001 have
similar requirements to ISO 9000, including the need
for a policy statement, document control, management
review, internal audits, record keeping, and training.
The additional requirements for ISO 14001 include making
commitments to compliance with environmental regulations
and to the prevention of pollution, and a formal process
of planning environmental improvement and control programs.
SEEK REGISTRATION TO ISO 14001?
said that, why are many manufacturers getting registered
to the ISO 14001 standard? Some of the motivators for
registration include a desire to optimize management
efficiency, reduce costs, limit liability exposure,
and solve regulatory problems. In addition, improving
public image and doing business in Europe and Asia where
ISO 14001 is often a requirement are also important
reasons for companies to become registered.
savings can be realized from cost saving opportunities
associated with reducing waste, especially the often-overlooked
material wastes of an operation. (In the past, these
wastes have often been considered "the cost of
doing business.") Improved energy efficiencies,
less water use, scrap reduction, solid and hazardous
waste reduction, a streamlined permitting and reporting
process, and even avoidance of compliance fines could
easily add up to significant annual savings.
DOES A COMPANY BEGIN?
are several steps companies must take when they decide
to become registered to ISO 14001, and the first and
most important is to obtain top management commitment.
Without it, EMS implementation efforts will most likely
be doomed. Top management should define the environmental
policy statement, which becomes the basis for developing
an EMS. Management also needs to clearly communicate
that policy to everyone in the organization, let-ting
employees know that environmental issues will be taken
seriously throughout the company.
and write the policies and procedures for your EMS based
on what you are already doing to man-age
your environmental impacts. By doing this, most companies
avoid "re-inventing the wheel," and usually
find obvious opportunities to improve operational and
documentation efficiencies, simply by examining their
current operations in the new light of the ISO 14001
standard. These early cost-saving successes can fuel
and sustain the effort to complete the ISO 14001 registration
the basic EMS is in place, exercise the requirement
for management review and the related commit-ments stated
in the environmental policy, and continually look for
opportunities to improve your system.
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