ISO 14001

benefits of the new iso 14001 standardWhat is ISO 14001? 
ASR, an ISO 14001 Registrar answers

Organizations of all kinds are increasingly concerned with controlling the impacts of their products and services on the environment. The ISO 14001 standard is primarily concerned with "environmental management". This means what the organization does to:
  1. minimize harmful effects on the environment caused by its activities, and to
  2. achieve continual improvement of its environmental performance.
The ISO 14000 covers many aspects of environmental management.  The standard gives practical methods for companies looking to identify and manage the environmental impact of their organization.  In addition, it provides tools to help improve their environmental performance.

ISO 14001:2004 and ISO 14004:2004 focus on environmental management systems. The other standards within the 14000 set are focus on specific environmental aspects such as auditing, life cycle analysis and communication.

This standard is intended to provide organizations with the elements of an effective environmental management system that can be integrated with other management requirements and help an organization achieve environmental and economic goals.

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What ar the challenges to implementing ISO 14001?

Green Living Project Design ISO 14001 RegistrarWhen you implement the ISO 14001 standard and create an Environmental Management System (EMS), you will see opportunities to improve profitability, reduce risks of law suits and improve your marketing position to being "green."

Progress not Perfection - when you begin implementing, consider it as a continual process for improvement.  And with all human endeavors, it is an ongoing cycle of finding problems then fixing them.

The most important step for your EMS is creating goals.  They should be achievalble, and affordable, while laying the groundwork for expansion.  You set your goals in the framework of the ISO 14001:2015 standard.  This standard will show you how to structure the EMS reporting.  It is now what you should do, but how you report it and manage the process.  Make sure your goals have an economic component so you can measure the return on investment.

Heads Up ISO 14001 Clients

Effective July 15, 2017, ASR clients will not be able to recertify to the 2008 version of  ISO 9001 or the 2004 version of ISO 14001 because of the impending transition date.

September 15, 2018 is the deadline set by ANAB (accreditation body) for ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 organizations to transition to the 2015 version of these two standards.    This means the transition audit must be completed including return/approval of NCs and a new 2015 certificate issued.

ASR clients are encouraged to transition to ISO 9001:2015 and/or ISO 14001:2015 at their recertification audit if possible. Clients that transition at recertification will not incur additional audit time. Clients may elect to transition at a surveillance audit or at a special audit at any time during the audit cycle. However, additional audit time may be required to cover the review of changes to the client’s quality management system. The additional time is dependent on the size of the organization.

If your organization has not scheduled its transition to the 2015 version of ISO 9001 or ISO 14001, please contact ASR today!   
ASR is available to answer questions regarding the transition process or interpretations of these revised standards. 

Contact ASR at 888-891-9002 and ask for Tom or David. 

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EMS 2015 – Context of Organization & Documentation

Changes to ISO 14001 provide a much improved interface with ISO 9001:2015 as it is written in the same high level structure (HLS) as the 10 sections of ISO 9001. An example is internal auditing – content and meaning are almost identical as is section numbering.

Documented information is another good example where writers adopted the same meaning for both QMS and EMS. Key terminology shared by both standards can be found in Annex A at the back each standard:

ISO 14001:2015 Life Cycle Requirements

ANAB (ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board) recently issued a clarification from TC 207 addressing lifecycle requirements found in ISO 14001:2015.

This Q & A document is a long one and includes 2004 and earlier material, but skip to Section III page 26 and 27 to gain a better understanding of the new 2015 EMS lifecycle requirements as it impacts lifecycle assessments, outsourced processes, and an organization's significant aspects.

Request a quote for a review or an ISO standards auditASR auditors will begin using this ANAB clarification when conducting audits to ISO 14001:2015.

If there are further questions regarding this clarification, please contact ASR's technical manager, Tom Droog.

Click "Continue Reading" to read pages 26 and 27 of the ANAB publication, or pdfclick here to download the entire PDF.

How will the new ISO 14001 Standard Benefit Our Organization?

Continuous Improvement as a requirement ensures improved environmental impact

The ISO 14001:2015 revision is now integrated as a part of the organization's strategy.  By using your EMS, we acknowledge and promote stewardship to the environment.  The continuous improvement mandate will ultimately save money by addressing issues proactively.

An Integrated Approach

Because the structure of the ISO 14001:2015 aligns more closely with the ISO 9001:2015 standard, it will be easier to maintain both management systems - reducing cost with an integrated management system approach.

Management & Leadership

With more involvement by management, the Environmental Management System ensures the entire organization is aware of the impact, and responsibility we all have.

Environmental Impact Performance

By managing to a standard and addressing risks, an organization is less likely to incur fines from regulatory agencies.

ISO 14001:2015 News

The new final draft of the ISO 14001:2015 standard has been published.

Typically the final draft version is very close to the new published standard expected by the end of the year.  You may want to puchase the final draft and begin reviewing how it will impact your organization.  Contact us and we'll tell you where you can purchase this publication.

Impact of the new ISO 14001:2015 standard:

  • Better integration with business strategies
  • Risk Management focus
  • Improves sustainability concepts in the EMS
  • Addresses performance metrics
  • Reduction in prescriptive requirements
  • Integrates with other ISO standards

ASR is an accredited ISO 14001 registrar.  We value our customers.  ASR is committed to provide comprehensive evaluation for standards registration that can be treated as an asset to our customers.

Benefits of ISO 14001 Registration

Benefits of ISO 14001 asr registrarToday there is much talk about environmental awareness.  The public wants to know that organizations do what they can to reduce their impact on the environment.  The ISO 14001 standard addresses this by promoting a Environmental Management System for organization.

So what are the benefits to conforming to the ISO 14001 standard?
  • Expect cost savings by reducing waste and increasing recycling
  • Improved marketing by demonstrating a commitment to improving the environment
  • Improved risk management procedures that could impact an organization's liability
  • Compliance with environmental regulations (reduced levies, fines, et. al.)
  • May reduce insurance costs
Request a quote for a review or an ISO standards auditWith a certified Energy Management System (EMS) an organization can more easily show regulatory bodies adherence to environmental issues and public accountability.  In the U.S. the EPA and OSHA may reduce the number of inspections needed for permits by following ISO 14001 through their EMS.

With the revised ISO 14001:2015 and the ISO 9001:2015 revisions, maintaining certification will be easier.  Read More

Risk Assessment as ISO 14001 Benefits

The Wharton school of business studied the benefits associated with an ISO 14001 EMS certification and found hard evidence.

They found benefits that go beyond bottom line improvements.  From their study:

  • 96.5% indicated a contribution to improved environmental performance of their product
  • 98.3% indicated an improvement in emergency preparedness
  • 84.6 indicated a reduction in permit violations
  • 91.9% indicated a reduction of utility consumption
  • 96.7% of respondents indicated a reduction in wasteISO 14001 Certification, EMS, Environmental Management
  • 93.3% indicated an increase in the use of recycled materials
  • 90.0% indicated a reduction in environmental incidents
65% of the organization that estimated first-year cost savings showed up to $25,000.  27% of those reported savings of up to $100,000.  Also 40% found a significant matching between ISO 14001 certification and improved relationships with the government agencies.

Over 60% of organizations studied a very high correlation between the ISO 14001 management system practices and their day-to-day operations.

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