ISO 14001 applies to the environmental aspects of any organization, regardless of size, type, processes, or products. ISO 14001 is flexible enough to be used in whole or in part to systematically improve environmental management.
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To sufficiently control operational aspects that impact the environment, companies commonly deploy an environmental management system (EMS). This is a process-driven approach to managing environmental issues and liabilities, such as reducing waste and carbon footprint. Implementing ISO 14001 training in your organization demonstrates to your stakeholders, customers, and staff that you are committed to reducing your environmental impact.
ISO 14001 Plan: Establish, maintain, and communicate environmental objectives and implementation processes regarding ISO 14001 activities.
EMS: Implement an EMS to effectively manage and improve the environmental impact of your organization’s product, service, operation, and production processes.
Document Management: Establish a document control system that stores and manages documents relating to managing your environmental policy and maintaining a compliant EMS in accordance with the ISO 14001 requirements.
Corrective and Preventive Action (CAPA): Implement an internal audit process. Ensure your organization engages in timely corrective and preventive action on deficiencies identified during internal and external audits.
Effective Communication: Ensure your organization communicates at all levels concerning the processes and effectiveness of your EMS. This includes providing easy access, routing, and approval of documents.
Employee Training: Ensure employees are aware of the relevance and importance of their activities and contribution to achieving compliance with ISO 14001 requirements. This includes identifying competency needs and maintaining personnel training records.
ISO 14001 is the only standard in the ISO 14000 series in which companies can be registered or certified. Companies that are ISO 14001 certified demonstrate that their environmental impact is continuously measured and improved. ISO 14001 certification can give companies a competitive advantage, improve their reputation, and boost confidence among stakeholders.
The ISO does not issue certifications. To achieve ISO 14001 compliance, companies need to work with external certification bodies. Before beginning the certification process, the ISO recommends reviewing the related guidelines and standards it publishes, as they are used by certification bodies to perform the certifications.
The ISO does not prescribe specific software for setting up and maintaining an EMS. A primary goal of ISO 14001 is to make organizations more aware of and accountable for their environmental impact, which involves the following:
MasterControl’s automated solutions help companies achieve ISO 14001 compliance by integrating all EMS-related activities and documentation processes.
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