ISO 14001 Environmental Management System Certification

ISO 14001 is an international standard for Environmental Management Systems (EMS) are at present widely using EMS in the world, with more than 6,000 certifications in the UK and 111,000 in 138 countries around the world.

ISO 14001 is the principal management system standard that specifies the requirements for the formation and maintenance of the EMS. Three fundamental commitment to support environmental policies to meet the requirements of ISO 14001, including:

  • pollution prevention
  • compliance with existing laws
  • continuous improvement of Environmental Management Systems

These commitments provide guidance overall environmental performance improvement. ISO 14001 can be used as a tool; focus on the environmental aspects of the control or direction of activity of your products and services relating to environmental management; for example, air emissions, soil, or water.

Organizations must describe what they would do, follow the procedures and record their efforts to demonstrate compliance and improvement. You will set the goals, objectives and implement programs to improve the performance of your environment which will ultimately provide financial benefits.

Organizations need to recognize the applicable law, the law relating and other requirements relating. Important things are related to the emergence of government regulations recognize that the size of the level of compliance can be adopted and periodically evaluated to ensure these requirements are understood by employees and can be applied effectively.

The ISO 14001 standard is accompanied by ISO 14004, Environmental Management Systems – General guidelines on principles, systems and technical support. This standard consists of several parts, such as the application, implementation, maintenance and improvement of the Management System and the discussions regarding the use of the principles associated.

Who can use ISO 14001?

Organizations of various types, sectors and sizes can improve their environmental performance through implementation of this standard.

What are the benefits of ISO 14001 registration?

  • Improved environmental management
    Identify potential impacts and implement controls and measures to keep risk as low as possible.
  • Legal compliance
    Understand how statutory and regulatory requirements impact your organisation and stay on the right side of the law.
  • Reduced operating costs
    Achieving efficiencies in energy and water usage and through waste minimisation means money saved.
  • Improved stakeholder relationships
    Make the environment a priority and people will respond positively to your organisation.
  • Proven business credentials
    Independent verification against recognised standards speaks volumes and enhances your brand
  • Ability to win more business
    Procurement specifications often require certification as a condition to supply, so gaining the standard opens doors.

How to register ISO 14001 certification?

The process of registration follows three simple steps:

  1. The applicant filed an application for registration by completing the EMS questionnaire
  2. ISO 14001 audit performed by the ITCC International. It consists of two main audit visits by using the form Initial Certification Audit
  3. The application for registration is approved by the ITCC International, following the next step should be done by the client. Preservation of ISO 14001 certification is confirmed through a program of annual surveillance audit and certification process over three years after the time of the ISO 14001 certification.

Audit Certification Process

Initial Certification Audit

The audit process (assessment) in order to obtain the ISO 9001 certificate consists of two stages Initial Certification Audit as follows:

  • Stage 1

    the purpose of the audit visit is to get a confirmation of the readiness of the organization to continue the implementation of the overall audit of the implementation of ISO 14001. Auditor will do the following things:

    • obtain confirmation that the environmental management system complies with the requirements of the ISO 14001 standard, including the introduction of environmental aspects and impacts
    • obtain confirmation of the current status of implementation of ISO 14001
    • get confirmation of the business scope of certification
    • check compliance with legislation
    • check compliance with the law to submit a report of audit findings to identify any discrepancies or potential discrepancies and approve the corrective action plan if necessary to make the second stage of the audit plan and provide confirmation of the date of the audit visit
  • Stage 2

    the purpose of the audit visit is to get a confirmation that the quality management system strictly in accordance with the requirements of ISO 14001 in practice. The auditor will do the following things:

    • taking samples of the audit processes and activities as mentioned in the scope of the audit
    • documented how the existing system complies with the standards
    • publish the findings of the audit report discrepancies or potential nonconformity
    • make plans of surveillance audit visit and provide confirmation of the date of the first surveillance audit

When the auditor finds the major findings of a mismatch, then the organization is unable to obtain certification until the recommendations made corrective action and verification performed by the auditor.

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