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ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Management System

ISO 14001 is the international standard for Environmental Management Systems (EMS). Implementation and obtaining accreditation to ISO 14001 will enable your business to improve its environmental performance, minimize environmental risk and ensure you maintain compliant with all-important environmental legislation.

There is an increasing amount of pressure for companies to manage and minimize their environmental impact. Accreditation to ISO 14001 is therefore relevant to any organisation, in both the public and private sector.

Certificates are accredited by UKAS and ANAB.

Benefits of ISO 14001 Accreditation
ISO 14001 can help your business to:
• Operate more cost effectively
• Be more environmentally responsible
• Keep on top of environmental legislation
• Improve customer relations by being able to demonstrate your environmental credentials

How to Gain ISO14001 Accreditation
• Complete the form on our Apply page or Contact page.
• EQA will undertake an assessment of your organisation over two mandatory visits.
• Provided all criteria are met we will issue you with your ISO 14001 accreditation.
• EQA maintain your registration by setting up a programme of annual surveillance audits, with re-certification taking
place every third year.

ISO 14001 requirements
0. Foreword
1. Scope
2. Normative references
3. Definition
3.1 Continual improvement
3.2 Environment
3.3 Environmental aspect
3.4 Environmental impact
3.5 Environmental management system
3.6 Environmental management system audit
3.7 Environmental objectives
3.8 Environmental performance
3.9 Environmental policy
3.10 Environmental target
3.11 Interested party
3.12 Organization
3.13 Prevention of pollution
4. Environmental management system requirements
4.1 General
4.2 Environmental policy
4.3 Planning
4.4 Implementation and operation
4.5 Checking and corrective action
4.6 Management review

International environmental regulations
1. International convention
– Basel convention : control of transboundary movements of hazardous wastes
– Montreal Protocol : banning the production and use of CFCs
– Regulation on haron gas

2. USA
– Clean Air Act (Regulation on waste gas)
– Energy efficiency regulations
– Prohibition on sales of CFC refrigerators

3. Europe
– Taxing carbon/energy
– Grading energy efficiency
– Environmental Labeling

4. Japan
– Renewable resources conservation Act
– Regulation on waste of packing materials
– Collection of waste home appliances

– Control of vehicles that discharge exhausted fumes & regulation on disposable products
– Open system to the public of corporate environmental information
– Expected to obligatorily indicate environmental section in corporate accounts

Keypoints to establish ISO 14001 System
1. ‘Environment’ starts with cost cut-down and elimination of waste elements.
Even a piece of paper, a light and a drop of water are made from wood and fossil fuel. Eco-friendly management begins with reducing cost and waste.

2. One need to improve processes and working methods before investment in facilities.
Improving processes and working methods to minimize the loss of cost and subsidiary materials and to best utilize the utility.

3. ‘Environment’ is not only a risk but also an opportunity for business.
Do you still think that the investment in environment management is unnecessary? Only eco-friendly corporations can survive and only prepared ones can make progress.

Benefits of ISO 14001 certification
1. Management aspect
– To establish corporate credibility
– To comply with legislation and public policies
– To meet the requirement of contract and assurance
– To minimize the damage in case of emergency
– To refresh employees’ awareness of environment and improve environmental management ability

2. Corporate profitability aspect
– To reduce the cost and waste with efficient use of resources
– To prevent complaints pursued by customer and local community
– To revive employees spirit and maintain the systematic properness of corporate management
– To prevent potential accidents and minimize the risks

3. Cost benefit aspect
– To reduce use of electricity, water, fuel, raw/subsidiary materials
– To reduce indirect cost (thermal insulation, insulation, air conditioning, ventilation)
– To reduce waste

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