In September 2015 ISO published the revised version of ISO 14001. It has a higher level of compatibility with other management system standards, such as ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 27001:2013 as a result of a new common structure which also makes integrating into a single management system far easier than before.
The Standard provides guidance to organizations for determining those environmental issues and ‘aspects’ associated with their activities, to manage them most effectively and measure Environmental Management performance. The standard contains no specific performance requirements as benchmarks.
Key concepts of the standard
ISO 14001:2015 contains the core elements for an effective Environmental Management System. It can be applied to both service and manufacturing businesses. The standard requires a company to define environmental objectives and targets, and the management system necessary to attain these targets. The standard requires that the company adheres to that system’s processes, procedures, and activities.
Some key concepts of the standard are:
- Context of the Organization
- Strategic Environmental Management
- Risks and Opportunities
- Life-Cycle Perspective
Elements of an effective environmental system can be integrated with other management requirements to assist organizations to achieve their environmental and business-specific goals. ISO 14001 requires companies to commit to prevention of pollution and continuous improvement as part of the normal management cycle.
QMS Global’s Services
- Certification – We provide assessment and certification to ISO 14001.
- Gap Analysis – We offer gap analysis and preliminary assessments to prepare you for certification.
- Training – We will help you interpret the new concepts and understand the changes. QMS Global provides on-site introduction and internal audit training which will prepare you and your staff prior to and after the ISO 14001 certification process.