What is ISO14001?
14001 is an externally assessed scheme where an organisations declared environmental practices are checked against a set of rules; if successful the organisation can use the logo to endorse the environmental management system incorporated in the organisation.
An additional advantage is that cost savings brought about by reductions in gas, electricity and fossil fuels can be significant.
What does ISO14001 cover?
The standard covers the impact on the environment made by the product (or service) from customer's order through order acceptance, design and development if appropriate, planning, production or service delivery and control of calibration devices. Also included is training and the selection of suppliers that are able to meet the organisation's environmental needs, together with controls on energy usage and waste generation.
The activities are those carried out by most 'Green' companies.
Below is the ISO14001 model which is designed to allow for continual improvement through planned and operated policy.
As is the case with ISO9001 (Quality Management Standard) the information gathered from the processes is fed to top management to allow for continual improvement. In this way the organisation is able to make decisions based on fact and so develop and evolve.
The two standards 9001 and 14001 are often integrated into a single management system.