ISO-14001

ISO-14001

ISO-14001 ENVIRONMENT
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Definition

The ISO 14001 Standard is a frame defining integration rules for environmental issues within the company’s activities in order to control environmental impacts and thus reconcile the company’s imperatives with environmental respect. The Standard applies to every organization. It concerns activity, products and service-related environmental aspects (interactions between activities, products and services with environmental components).

Supporting the ISO-14001 Standard in 4 advantages:

1- ISO 14001:2015 specifies the requirements related to an environmental management system that could be used by a company to enhance its sustainable development’s environmental indicators.

2- ISO 14001:2015 provides assistance to achieve the desired end of its environmental management system by including:
– by improving environmental results;
– by meeting compliance obligations;
– by achieving environmental objectives.

3- ISO 14001:2015 applies to organizations of all sizes, all types and of any kind or nature, and to the environmental aspects of its activities, products and services by assessing a lifecycle perspective.

4- ISO 14001:2015 may be used in full or in part to systematically enhance environmental management. However, the declarations of compliance of the current International Standard are not acceptable, unless all requirements are integrated into the company’s environmental management system and do comply, without exclusion.

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We are equal partners working to simplify the implementation:

1- Eliminating unnecessary documents;

2- Involving your staff members;

3- The required normative monitoring of the different management systems;

4- Quick and intuitive implementation;

5- The active participation of all management levels;

6- Regrouped recorded information;

7- Staff training;

8- Management support;

9- Registration audit participation.

Consultant

– Elimination of unnecessary documents;

– Involving your staff members;

– The required normative monitoring of the different management systems;

– Quick and intuitive implementation;

– The active participation of all management levels;

– Regrouped recorded information;

– Staff training;

– Management support;

– Registration audit participation.

10 point Standard requirements:

  1.  Scope of application;
  2. Normative references;
  3. Terms and definitions;
  4. Organizational structure;
  5. Leadership and commitment;
  6. Planning, risk analysis;
  7. Support ;
  8. Conducting operational activities;
  9. Performance evaluation;
  10. Improvement.

ISO-14001, as ISO-9001 with Quality, actually represents a complete and friendly user environmental management model when well established and implemented.

The 3 traps : Do not fit the head to the hat

1- Avoid describing what you wish as a business and not what you do.
2- Avoid disregarding the entire business from the process.

3- Avoid asserting uncontrolled facts.

Which are the 6 main changes between ISO-14001 2004 and ISO-14001 2015 ?

  1. The pressing importance of environmental management in the company’s strategic planning processes.
  2. A greater management implication.
  3. Proactive actions in preserving the environment of any alleged threat and degradation, such as the use of durable resources and the contribution to mitigating climate change.
  4. Enhancing the environmental results.
  5. Tackle environmental aspects.
  6. Communication strategy.

Useful documentation tips for an efficient migration towards ISO-14001 2015 efficace

The real question is: Is it easier to start afresh or to use the existing standard?

1. A sound documentation system requires much less effort for the transition to the new standard. Sometimes it is quicker to start from scratch than correcting a document containing inconsistencies.

2. In teams, validate your current documentation and note any discrepancy. Then, compare your results.

3. Too often, companies try to dazzle the registrar who will be auditing. Do not complicate your systems if they are already efficient.

4. Inclusiveness is imperative. From the beginning of the procedure writing, working methods must be collected from all involved workers. This step determines the result to be achieved.

5. People are often afraid of change before knowing its extent. Seek assistance from the whole team, if members participated in the development and validation of the « new » procedure, they will no longer be worried and commit to it that more effectively.

6. Description of tasks, roles and responsibilities require the implication of all company sectors. Furthermore, it is essential that the system manager is provided with the necessary authority to obtain respect.

7. If the system is well constructed, the costs pertaining to these management systems (ISO-9001, ISO-14001) should be profitable as soon as their first year of implementation.

A few words on the standard’s application

According to us, very few products and/or services on the market have received such bad press as ISO-9000 and ISO-14000 series have. For contractors caught with unsuited management systems, ISO is a burden, an untold number of documents with no payoff. For those who maintain these paper monsters, it is a time-consuming chore and a perpetual cycle of updates and audits.

Many Quality consulting agencies only serve their interests by afflicting their clients with unbearable documentation (sometimes sold separately) on which they have absolute control. These consultants are the artisans of the ISO 9000 and 14000 standard systems’ bad reputation.

A Few practical tips regarding Profitability

1- According to us, the costs covering these management programs (ISO-9000 and ISO-14000) should be profitable as soon as their first year of implementation.

2- Take a little time to reflect on these questions ….Are your management system’s objectives relevant? Are they in line with your internal policies and your clients’ requirements? When was the last time you surveyed your clients’ grievances?

3- The International Standards for environmental management aim at giving to companies the elements of an efficient management system. These elements may be embedded to other management requirements in order to help obtain their economic and environmental objectives.

4- The current International Standard only states system requirements that may be objectively audited for certification/registration and/or self-declaration purposes.

5- It is worth noting that the requirements regarding environmental results must comply with applicable laws and regulations. Furthermore, they must commit to the principle of continuous improvement. Thus, two companies with similar activities but different environmental results, may both comply to these requirements.

6- The adoption and consistent implementation of all environmental management techniques may contribute in obtaining optimal results to all concerned.

7- The current International Standard shares certain management system principles with the ISO-9000 Quality system. Companies may choose to use a coherent existing system with the standards of the ISO-9000 series as a basis to their environmental management system. However, the application of different system elements may vary depending on the many goals and different interested parties.

8- It is not required that the environmental management system requirements prescribed in the present International Standard be independent elements of your current management system. In certain cases, it will be possible to comply with the requirements by adapting existing management elements.