Environmental management system (EMS) ISO 14001

What is it Environmental management system?

Environmental management system is a framework that helps an organization achieve its environmental goals through consistent control of its operations and environmental impacts. It includes the organizational structure, planning and resources for developing, implementing and maintaining policy for environmental protection.

What are the benefits?

  1. Improved environmental performance
  2. Enhanced compliance
  3. Pollution prevention
  4. Reduced cost of waste management
  5. Improved corporate image
  6. Minimize environmental liabilities
  7. Create environmental awareness among employees

Environmental policy

Top management shall define its organization’s environmental policy, and ensure it is appropriate to the environmental impact of its activities, products and services.

Planning

Procedures are required for identifying applicable legal requirements and maintaining objectives and targets at relevant functions within the organization, whilst considering legal, technology options, financial, operational and business requirements.

Implementation and operation

Training needs shall be identified for personnel whose work may create significant impact upon the environment.
The potential for accident and emergency situations shall be identified in order to prevent impact on the environment that may be associated with them.
Activities associated with significant environmental aspects shall be planned in line with policy, objectives and targets to ensure that they are conducted under specified conditions.

Checking and corrective action

Non-conformances shall be investigated and action taken by authorized responsible persons.
Monitoring equipment shall be calibrated, maintained and recorded.
Environmental legislation and regulations shall be periodically evaluated.
Audits of the environmental management system shall be carried out at planned intervals to determine conformance to planned arrangements.

Management review

The environmental management system shall be reviewed at planned intervals to ensure its continuing suitability, adequacy and effectiveness.

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