The Environmental Management System
Originally introduced in 1996, this standard followed the example of ISO 9001, adopting the new, process-
based approach to management systems. This standard maintains compatibility with other management standards,
including ISO 9001 (quality), OHSAS 18001 (health and safety) and ISO 27001 (information security).
Many companies have found that, whether or not they eventually get themselves assessed and certified, the introduction of this standard
has provided a focussed agenda to control their environmental policies. In this way it has become easier to adopt environmentally
responsible activities and develop a good reputation.
Contrary to traditional expectations of quality assurance systems, a carefully constructed ISO14001 environmental system can reduce
beaurocracy, reduce costs and risks, and increase motivation for responsible behaviour.
In November 2004 the standard was revised. The changes were mainly concerned with clarification, so a company properly embracing the
principles presented in the 1996 version should have no difficulty complying with the revised standard.
Although it is process-based, the standard defines specific requirements for no fewer that 12 procedures.
ISO14001 basic principles
Some of the important principles of ISO14001 are:
Clearly defined environmental objectives.
This provides the basis for regularly verifying progress and exposing problems.
Related to the objectives, ensuring that key issues are regularly discussed and efficently resolved.
Every opportunity is explored to identify and reduce risks and costs.
The process-based approach is compatible with ISO 9001 (Quality Management), so the provisions of this standard can be smoothly
and economically integrated into a single management system.
Anything that really matters is properly recorded and visible to management and any authorised external agency.
Support and training
Our support and training programmes cover the following:
Training and coaching.
We provide training and coaching at all levels, from top management overview to the design and preparation of process and other documents. We
can also train your internal auditors. All our training courses lead to personal certification which is recorded as qualifications required by the standard.
If your company does not have the means or experience to produce process documents, forms or other management documents, we can provide training,
on-job coaching or a document design service. We can provide as much or as little help as you need on an as-required basis for economy.
System reviews and audits.
We can help you to audit your system and offer constructive comment on how it could be improved. This is a particularly useful service for you to call
on before a formal assessment leading to certification. Our audits are recorded according to the requirements of the standard, and contribute towards the
evidence of achievement required during an assessment.
Assessment and certification.
For companies not requiring a UKAS-accredited assessor we can assess your system according to the provisions of ISO 19011 (guidelines for management systems auditing) and provide you with our own
report and certificate of compliance.
Our guarantee: subject to your having been recently certified by us, and not having significantly changed your system or failed to operate
in accordance with it, we will provide whatever help you need without charge, to achieve a successful certification with a UKAS-accredited assessor.
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The money comes to you, not to us, but we can help you find out where to look for support.
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