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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).
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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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.
– 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:
- Scope of application;
- Normative references;
- Terms and definitions;
- Organizational structure;
- Leadership and commitment;
- Planning, risk analysis;
- Support ;
- Conducting operational activities;
- Performance evaluation;
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 ?
- The pressing importance of environmental management in the company’s strategic planning processes.
- A greater management implication.
- 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.
- Enhancing the environmental results.
- Tackle environmental aspects.
- 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.
In our opinion, costs related to ISO-9000 and ISO-14000 management programs should be profitable within the first year of implementation. When SME. owners tell us about the tremendous amounts they have invested for quality management programs, we are outraged by some consultants that take advantage of their customer’s lack of information to overprice their services.
In fact, these management tools are the most effective ones on the market, as long as they are used wisely and in good faith. Moreover, if management systems were used in the way they should be used, companies would be able to provide services and/or products at competitive prices while increasing their profit margin.
This should come as no surprise to you since this is the sole objective of these management systems. All the energy that a company spends on non-quality is only the peak of the iceberg. Are your management system objectives suited to your internal policies and customers requirements ? When was the last time you surveyed your customers complaints in a structured way?
Quote from the international ISO-14001 standard-environmental management system specification and user guide, first edition, 1996-09-01.
Environmental management international standards’ mission is to provide to organizations elements of an efficient environmental management system. These elements may be integrated to other management requirements in order to help organizations reach their environmental and economical objectives. These standards, as other international standards, are not meant to be used to generate commercial trading non-tariff constraint or to increase or modify an organization’s legal obligations.
This international standard sets the requirements of such an environmental management system. It was designed to be applied to every type and size of organizations and to adapt it to the various geographical, cultural and social situations. The basis of this approach is detailed in figure 1. The success of the system requires the commitment of every level and function of an organization and particularly applies to the highest level of management. Such system allows an organization to set-up and evaluate the efficiency of their procedures to establish an environmental policy and objectives, comply with and demonstrate this compliance to others.
The overall objective of this international standard is to keep a balance between environment protection, pollution prevention and socio-economical needs. It is important to make a note that one ca simultaneously refer to several of these requirements or go back to it at any given time.
The present international standard only refers to the system requirements that could be objectively audited for a certification/registration and/or self attestation.
It is important to note that this international standard does not set absolute requirements in terms of environmental performance over and above the commitment to abide by the applicable legislation and rules of the policy, as well as by the continuous improvement principle. Therefore, two organizations with similar activities but different environmental performances may both meet these requirements.
The adoption and setting-up of a group of environmental management techniques may contribute to optimize results for the benefit of all the concerned parties. However, the adoption of this international standard will not guarantee in itself optimal environmental results. In order to reach its environmental objectives, it is understood that the environmental management system encourages organizations to take into consideration the implementation of the best available technology, when it is appropriate and economically viable. Moreover, one has to take into account the economical efficiency of such technology.
This international standard shares common management system principles with the ISO-9000 quality system standards. Organizations may choose to use an existing management system which is compatible with ISO-9000 standards as the basis of their environmental management system. However, one must understand that the application of management system elements may vary, based on the targeted end result and the interested parties’ input.