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ISO 14001 -2015

ISO 14001 is the international standard that specifies requirements for an Environmental management systems (EMS). Organizations use the standard to demonstrate the ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and regulatory requirements. It is the most popular standard in the ISO 14000 series and the only standard in the series to which organizations can certify.

ISO 14001 was first published in 1996 by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), an international agency composed of the national standards bodies of more than 160 countries. The current version of ISO 14001 was released in September 2015.

What topics does ISO 14001:2015 cover.

  • Requirements for a environmental management system, including documented information, planning and determining process interactions
  • Responsibilities of management
  • Management of resources, including human resources and an organization`s work environment
  • Product realization, including the steps from design to delivery
  • Measurement, analysis, and improvement of the EMS through activities like internal audits and corrective and preventive action

What are the benefits of ISO 14001

ISO 14001 helps organizations ensure their customers consistently receive high quality products and services, which in turn brings many benefits, including satisfied customers, management, and employees.

Because ISO 14001 specifies the requirements for an effective environmental management system, organizations find that using the standard helps them:

  • Organize a EMS
  • Provide assurance that environmental impact is being measured Continually improve
  • Improve resource efficiency
  • Reduce waste
  • Drive down costs
  • Gain competitive advantage in supply chain design
  • Increase new business opportunities
  • Meet legal obligations
  • Increase stakeholder and customer trust
  • Improve overall environmental impact
  • Manage environmental obligations with consistency

It has been my experience, with several companies, that the culture change associated with ISO implementation is multilayered. The first and most obvious benefit is Environmental awareness,

ISO 14001 also provides Healthy Environmental.

QESI (Quality Evaluation Services International) are anASCB (E) (www.ascb.co.uk) Accredited Certification Body. Talk to us to find out how we can help you understand the requirements for achieving ISO 14001 Accredited Certification.

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