ISO 14001 – An environmental management system is a management tool used to direct and control all activities of an organization that have the potential to impact the surrounding environment.
ISO 14001 provides a set of general requirements as a framework for organizations to form their own environmental management system. Thereby, organizations help to develop a systematic approach to management approaches aimed at balancing profitability and minimizing environmental impacts.
This standard does not set any specific environmental norm, so it can apply to any organization that wishes to apply, irrespective of the size of the organization, as well as the type Products or services they provide. However, the standard emphasizes that the organization must consider the relevant environmental regulatory requirements in the implementation process. Therefore, at least the organization should have a feasible plan to meet the legal requirements for the environment where the organization intends to build the management system.
Content of ISO 14001
In addition to general requirements and continuous improvement, the ISO 14001 standard is based on the fundamental management thinking of “Plan – Do – Check – The Act / PDCA is designed to be composed of five key elements, including: Environmental Policy Planning => Planning => Implementation and Management => Testing, Correcting => Examining the Territory knife.
Benefits of ISO 14001
Demonstrating that the organization is considering environmental impacts and building on-site systems is becoming increasingly important, not only for the environment but also for cost reduction and enhancement. Performance of the organization. ISO 14001 can help your organization do this.
There are many benefits to pointing to compliance with ISO 14001:
• Cost savings on garbage, recycling and consumption;
• Create more competitive advantage when bidding for new business projects;
• managing environmental hazards;
• Compliance with environmental regulations in each country;
• Demonstrate the organization’s commitment to environmental improvements;
• Demonstrate that your organization is a responsible organization for the future;
• Can reduce the cost of insurance;
• Help employees better understand that they are working in an environmentally friendly organization.
Having a well-defined energy management framework helps organizations to have a systematic approach to follow. In some cases, the regulatory body can be more flexible with each company that has an operational file that applies ISO 14001.
ISO 14001 is also compatible with other management systems such as ISO 9001: 2008 – QMS; OHSAS 18001 – occupational health and safety management system and ISO 27001 – information security management system.
To ensure the appropriateness of standards for market development, the ISO 14001: 2015 revision of 15 September 2015 (ISO 14001: 2015 replaces the ISO 14001: 2004) was officially announced and applied. The new version responds to the latest trends, such as the recognition by companies of the need to include both external and internal factors that affect their impact, including climate change.
ISO 14001: 2015 contains improvements, improvements in some key points:
– Commitment of the leadership;
– Attachment to the strategic direction;
– Protecting the environment, focusing on proactive initiatives;
– Communicate effectively through communication strategies;
– Think about the life cycle of products and services; Consider each stage, the process from construction, development until the end.
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