ISO 14001 is the standard used by a registrar to determine whether an organization will be certified. Similar in structure to ISO 9001, it outlines the requirements companies must meet if they want to obtain certification (registration) of their environmental management system. ISO 14001 was first published in 1996 and was revised in 2004. The ISO 14001 is a substantial standard. It embraces a wide range of issues and topics, and defines many complex concepts and requirements.
You may have seen quite a lot of companies offering ISO 14001:2015 certification, and you've not really understood what it implies. Well, this certificate is issued to people who are into Environmental Management Systems.
What is ISO 14001:2015
Simply put, ISO 14001:2015 indicates that an organization running an environmental management system manages its environmental responsibilities and resources in a way that helps to promote the organization’s environmental performances.
Environmental Management Systems are intended to improve an organization’s environmental performance, as well as help organizations achieve their environmental objectives; that's what ISO 14001:2015 helps to facilitate. You need an ISO 14001:2015 certificate to prove that you've deployed ISO 14001:2015 in handling your organization's Environmental Management System.
Interestingly, ISO 14001:2015 certificate can be obtained by any organization that meets with the requirements and follows the registration processes, the size of the organization notwithstanding.
Benefits of ISO 14001 certification
- ISO 14001 saves cost in managing waste, recycling, and consumption
- It provides an organization with a hedge over its competitors when preparing/submitting tenders to clients
- ISO 14001 is an internationally agreed standard for environmental management systems; the certificate proofs that your organization is following a globally-accepted standard for its environmental management system that’s ignored by most other companies and organizations in the sector.
- ISO 14001 guides organizations in improving their environmental performance, reducing waste, and gaining on other ecological aspects.
- This certification is in compliance with most countries’ environmental regulations globally.
- Proves to stakeholders and potential clients that your organization is committed to improving its environmental aspects following futuristic guidelines.
- ISO 14001 certification can help to reduce insurance cover costs
- Interestingly, ISO 14001 certification does not only shows your company’s commitment to environmental health and safety; it also proves to stakeholders that you’re committed to deploying revolutionary (cutting-edge) ideas in running your business.
ISO 14001 certification process
Everything in business follows a process, in the same way, to get an ISO 14001 certificate for your organization, you need to follow a registration/acquisition process. Below are the steps on how to get ISO 14001 certification for your company.
ISO 14001 certification follows a lot of processes; however, we will be willing to help you through all of them. Plainly, below are the steps;
- You need to learn about the ISO 14001 Standard and run an initial analysis of your EMS
- Educate and train your employees organization on ISO 14001 standards
- Define and implement EMS procedures and processes after training your staff
- Pick a certification body (UQSR) and have them audit your EMS processes to check for compliance with ISO 14001 standards. The certification body or registrar will also verify if the system is as effective as expected, as well as ascertain its advancement.
- Make proper documentation of all necessary legal documents in regard to your ISO 14001 Environmental Management System
Once your organisation performs all these, then you can acquire the ISO 14001 certificate. The process may seem ambiguous, and that's why we are offering to help you through each required step.
This standard is applicable to any organisation that wishes to:
- implement, maintain and improve an environmental management system
- assure itself of its conformance with its own stated environmental policy (those policy commitments of course must be made)
- demonstrate conformance
- ensure compliance with environmental laws and regulations
- seek certification of its environmental management system by an external third party organization
- make a self-determination of conformance