Environmental Management System: ISO 14001:2015

The most significant change to ISO 14001:2015 is the move to an annex SL structure. The standard structure is based on ten sections, and focuses more on harmonization with other ISO standards as ISO 9001, ISO 45001, ISO 50001, etc. Those standards –with ISO 14001:2015-shared approximately 35% of the same requirements. Organizations using multiple management systems (e.g. Quality, Environment, and Health & Safety) will benefit from integration of these systems. The new version of ISO 14001:2015 made the standard more applicable to service industries. Understanding the requirements of ISO 14001:2015 helps an organization determining its conditions (context), mapping its processes with possible associated risks and determining recovery plans, building strong base of knowledge, and create suitable effective methods for evaluating performance.
In addition, professional auditors’ feedbacks and discussion –as in FQC company- shall help organization in determining the required improvement and sustainable ways for achieving its objectives. Organizations that integrate two or more systems will enjoy a cost reduction up to 20%, depending on the degree of integration.

Achieving Environmental and Business Goals

ISO 14001 is an international standard for Environmental Management Systems (EMS). It is intended to provide your organization with the elements of an effective EMS, which can be integrated with other management system requirements. ISO 14001:2015 audits for certification focuses on 4 critical issues:

  • Context of the Organization regarding environment (including society)

  • Planning for risks prevention including environmental impacts

  • Compliance for Legal obligation and other requirements

  • Clear description of organization’s operations considering the scope and the past three points

 Benefits of an Effective Environmental Management System

When your company has implemented an effective EMS you can:

  • Assure customers and other interested parties of your commitment to demonstrate effective EMS

  • Maintain good public/community relationships

  • Enhance your image and market share
  • Meet client certification/contract criteria
  • Reduce incidents that result in liability; demonstrate reasonable care
  • Provide and maintain safe condition for your employees, suppliers, and visitors
  • Conserve input materials and energy

  • Facilitate your attainment of necessary permits and authorizations
  • Foster the development and sharing of environmental solutions
  • Improve your company’s relationships with local authority, society, and government

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