ISO 14001 is an internationally agreed standard that sets out the requirements for an environmental management system. It helps organizations to improve their environmental performance through efficient and effective waste minimization, competitive gains and trust from stakeholders.
As with all levels of the ISO management system, ISO 14001 includes the need for continuous improvement of organizational systems and how to deal with environmental issues. The standard has recently been revised, with significant improvements such as increased environmental management excellence within the organisation's strategic planning processes, greater involvement in leadership and greater commitment to effective programs that enhance environmental performance.
ISO 14001 is an internationally agreed standard that sets out the requirements for an environmental management system. It helps organizations to improve their environmental performance through efficient and effective waste minimization, competitive gains and trust from stakeholders
Within the standard there are many ISO 14001 items that need to be met by organizations seeking the legal recognition of their EMS.
General requirements include:
This document sets out the type of activities your EMS will be used for, and the limits on which it will be set.
Defining a performance management system will include defining the types of products and services offered by your organization, and where they are offered (eg region / overseas UK / all over Europe / worldwide).
Establishing boundaries will require you to specify which parts of your organization will be subject to EMS. This will include processes, sites, departments, categories, etc.
In most cases, your EMS will be used throughout your organization, but there may be situations where it is not appropriate or impossible for the process, site, or group to fall under your management plan.
The Environmental Policy should define your organization's goal to work in an environmentally friendly manner, to comply with any legal regulations, to prevent pollution, and to keep progressing. This document should demonstrate your organization's commitment to any requirements or actions that will reduce its impact on the environment.
Environmental Identification and Evaluation Process (including determining values):
For your EMS to work, you will need to know which parts of your business have natural features, and what their impacts are.
Examples of natural features may include:
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