ISO 14001 - History and Background
ISO 14001 is a globally recognized method for implementing environmental management systems that can enhance an organization's performance in several ways. ISO 14001 lays down a framework for a company or organization that can follow certain protocols to set up an effective environmental management system.
Any organization can implement this standard no matter its size, type, or nature. This environmental management system standard requires that environmental impact is being measured, monitored, and continuously improved.
ISO 14001 is part of the ISO 14000 family of standards that was first published in 1996 by the International Organization for Standardisation (ISO).
After 1996, the first revision of the standard occurred in 2004 with some minor changes making it more intelligible and also making the connection with other standards like ISO 9001 easier. The latest revision was in the year 2015 with new requirements and environmental targets.
Key Requirements - ISO 14001
ISO 14001 places a strong emphasis on continual improvement while taking a holistic approach to various environmental concerns. This standard has a set of requirements that can be applied to any organization no matter its size, type, etc. However, the standard does not define how to meet those requirements.
The requirements of ISO 14001 standard are classified as clauses and are segmented into 10 clauses with clauses 1 to 3 having no requirements and instead deal with the scope, terms used, and understanding the standard itself. Clauses 4 to 10 deal with the requirements of the standard.
Clause 4: Organisational context – This section covers the general requirements of knowing the context of the organization like identification of issues, interested parties, and assessing risks.
Clause 5: Leadership – The top management in the organization can identify roles and responsibilities to champion the EMS while also showing commitment and necessary legal requirements.
Clause 6: Planning – This section emphasizes the importance of identifying and planning EMS risks and opportunities and also an organization’s environmental aspects.
Clause 7: Support – This section is the most extensive and is concerned with the resource requirements such as competency evaluation, training, EMS awareness, etc.
Clause 8: Operation – This is a small but important section that deals with planning and operating efficiently along with how to prepare and respond to emergency environmental circumstances.
Clause 9: Evaluation – This is the second-largest clause, explaining how to monitor, measure, analyze, and evaluate the EMS procedures, as well as the legal compliance.
Clause 10: Improvement – This section deals with the non-conformity issues in the EMS processes and improves the process by corrective actions when a problem is identified.
What is New in ISO 14001:2015?
ISO 14001 standard was last revised in the year 2015 and is framed as per a high-level structure. The new structure comprises the PDCA (Plan-Do-Check-Act) Approach and also integrates well with various management systems.
Important changes in the standard are listed below:
- Involvement of the top management in leadership roles and commitment activities
- Enhanced focus on risk-based thinking
- Understand the organization’s context, roles, responsibilities, and requirements of the interested parties
- Considering the life cycle perspective
- Enhanced flexibility in using the documentation
Benefits associated with ISO 14001:2015:
Implementing ISO 14001:2015 can bring a plethora of benefits to your company:
- Improves reputation of the company along with winning the confidence of the stakeholders
- Improve strategic communication
- Compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements (present and future)
- Increase leadership activities and enhanced employee engagement
- Achieve strategic goals by incorporating environmental issues into business management
- Achieve a competitive advantage by improving efficiencies and reducing costs
- Improve the supplier performance by encouraging better environmental processes and by integrating the suppliers into the business systems of the organization
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Omnex can assist your organization in conducting a discovery analysis (or assessment) or a best-in-class assessment of the environmental management systems to assist it in developing a process that results in efficiency and savings. These systems can be assessed either individually or for other management systems at the same time.
Omnex will help improve your current processes to see the gaps in the systems as well as review best-in-class practices depending on the scope of the assessment. Omnex assessments always focus on savings and improvements within the organization. The last day of the assessment mainly emphasizes feedback and planning with the customer team. A phase-wise implementation plan, along with defining the core team, and defining responsibilities are completed as a part of the discovery. This can also be done at the beginning of an implementation, when a standard is revised, or when a customer is ready for a system overhaul. Omnex has dealt with more than 10,000 management system implementations worldwide and the services are tailored to the needs of a specific organization.
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