ISO 14001:2015
Environmental Management System

What is ISO 14001?
The ISO 14001 standard for Environmental Management systems requires organizations to adopt a risk-based approach to environmental management in order to ensure environmental sustainability and continuous improvement of environmental performance, where possible. Based on the same higher-level structure that all ISO management system standards follow, ISO 14001 is not a prescriptive document, but rather establishes requirements that allow organizations to achieve the intended results that they set for their environmental management system.

Requirements for the environmental management system

The Environmental Management System (EMS) requires organizations to:
  • conduct an Initial Environmental Assessment (or equivalent) to determine potential environmental aspects and impacts on the premises, processes and products of the organization.
  • to understand external and internal problems and stakeholders related to the environment
  • to develop an environmental policy - usually a one-page document declaring commitment to environmental sustainability
  • to develop a register of environmental aspects and impacts
  • develop an Environmental or Management Manual - documenting as much or as little as you want, but usually briefly reviewing the ISO 14001 clauses
  • develop procedures - some of them are mandatory for environmental monitoring, in cases where it is necessary
  • to develop and control environmental goals and objectives
  • to take into account environmental risks and opportunities throughout the business
  • to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements and consumer requirements
  • to ensure that staff is competent and understands the environmental management system
  • monitor environmental indicators
  • plan emergency response measures and reduce environmental damage
  • monitor environmental nonconformities and take measures to eliminate significant or recurring nonconformities
  • conduct an internal audit of the environmental management
  • system to ensure that top management strategically analyzes the environmental management system.

Documentation requirements:
  • Initial Environmental Review (or equivalent audit)
  • Environmental Policy
  • Environmental Aspects & Impacts Register
  • Environmental or Management Manual
  • Procedures
  • Environmental Management or Improvement Plan (monitoring environmental objectives and targets)
  • Registers – for nonconformances and corrective action, and compliance
  • Emergency Response Plan.

Advantages of the environmental management system:
  • demonstrating due diligence, complying with regulatory and customer requirements
  • meeting tender
  • requirements improving reputation
  • marketing advantage
  • minimizing risks and reducing the number of environmental incidents
  • more efficient use of resources and waste reduction
  • lower costs leading to increased profits
  • focused and motivated workforce and employee empowerment
  • meeting community expectations
  • compliance with altruistic and ethical obligations
  • easily integrated with other control systems.

TQCSI Certification Process:
  • contact your TQCSI Office and ask for a quote or apply on-line - TQCSI will need to know what your business does and how many employees (full time equivalent)
  • to prevent delays, don’t wait until your Environmental Management System is fully implemented.
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