About ISO 14001 Standard This International Standard specifies requirements for Environmental Management System (ISO 14001), to enable an organization to develop and implement a policy and objective which take into account legal requirements and other requirements and other requirements which the organization subscribes. The system applies to those environmental aspects that the organization identifies and those which it can control. The system aims in monitoring the legal requirement.

All the requirements in this International Standard are intended to be incorporated into any environmental management system. The extent of the application factors depends on the nature of the activity of the organization, product, services and location where it functions. The Environmental Management system works on PDCA (Plan, Do, Check and Act) cycle.. ISO 14001:2004 standard is divided into four clauses. Clause 1 to 3 is general clause which is related to Scope, Normative and Terms and Definitions. Clause 4 (Environmental Management System Requirements) is subdivided into 06 sub clauses General Requirement, Environmental policy, Planning, Implementation and Operation, Checking and Management Review.

The system focuses on continual improvement. This is done by having Management Review Meeting, Internal Audit, Corrective and Preventive action, Monitoring of Quality Objective and Environmental Management Programmes. Who can go in for ISO 14001 certification? Organization intending to improve the environmental management system specified by this International Standard and continually strives to comply to the statutory and Legal requirements it subscribes. Satisfying the Customers and consumers, stakeholders and shareholders as they are increasingly demanding environmentally sound products and services. Organization willing to comply to the environmental requirements, as the Environmental legislation is getting stricter. Benefits of ISO 14001 Certification Customers and consumers, stakeholders and shareholders are increasingly demanding environmentally sound products and services. Environmental legislation is getting stricter A certified environmental management system (EMS)/ISO 14001 not only monitors and optimises the environmental aspects of a company’s business activities but also proves that the company cares about the environment.

ISO 14001 is the globally accepted EMS standard. By fulfilling its certification requirements, companies can demonstrate their commitment to the environment and profit from the guidance the standard provides on more effective environmental management. Reduced risk of environmental incidents Improved relationships with customers, government bodies and the general public Better use of energy and resources Cost savings, e.g. through effective waste management Compliance with environmental rules and regulations Enhanced workplace health and safety Steps for getting ISO 14001 Certification: Choose Certification Body – Contract signup – Stage -1 Audit – Stage-2 Audit – Surveillance Audit- Recertification Audit.

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