Environmental Management System

Environmental Management System

The requirement for an environmental management system is to enable an organization identify its significant aspects and their impact, to develop and implement policy and objectives, which take into account legal and other requirements to which an organization subscribes, and take decision to inform about significant environmental aspects to all the interested parties. It applies to those environmental aspects that the organization can control, that it can influence. It does not itself state specific environmental performance criteria.

The extent of application depends on factors such as the environmental policy of the organization, the nature of its activities, products, services, location and the conditions in which it functions.

Environmental management standard ‘ISO 14001: 2004 certification‘ defines the environmental policy of an organization. The standard helps organizations to protect the environment, check pollution, and improve their overall environmental performance.

The ISO 14001:2004 certification can be issued to any business that wishes to effectively identify and manage its environmental impact, improve its operational efficiencies, lower costs and reduce environmental liability risks.

ISO 14001:2004 has become a requirement for businesses to address the environment in order to maintain customers, and exist in an ever more critical global economy. Waste of resources and creation of pollution are normally indications of areas for concern in the world of rapid industrialization.

Environmental management systems can assist an organization to meet its increasingly heavy burden of responsibility for the future condition of our world environment. The introduction of an environmental management system aids cost savings, and reduction of environmental liability. EMS standard stress the need for continuous, never-ending, improvement in striving to protect the environment, not only for us but for future generations to come.

The requirement for an environmental management system is to enable an organization identify its significant aspects and their impact, to develop and implement policy and objectives, which take into account legal and other requirements to which an organization subscribes, and take decision to inform about significant environmental aspects to all the interested parties. It applies to those environmental aspects that the organization can control, that it can influence. It does not itself state specific environmental performance criteria.

What is Environmental Management System

It is a quality management system that connects with a company’s environmental program in a complete, planned, systematic and documented approach. It depends on factors such as the environmental policy of the organization, the nature of its activities, products, services, location and the conditions in which it functions.

Benefits of Environmental Management System

The ISO 14001 certification can be issued to any business that wishes to effectively identify and manage its environmental impact, improve its operational efficiencies, lower costs and reduce environmental liability risks.

This certification has become a requirement for businesses to address the environment in order to maintain customers, and exist in an ever more critical global economy. Waste of resources and creation of pollution are normally indications of areas for concern in the world of rapid industrialization.

Why ISO 14001:2004 certification?

The certification helps organizations to create a structure for managing environmental operations. It specifies environmental requirements that the organization identifies as those which it can control and influence.

The certification is flexible – it is as applicable to both the small business and the multinational organization. This international standard helps you reduce your environmental impact as well as grow your business.

Advantages

  • Improved corporate image; strategic investment and regulatory relations.
  • Improving the quality of the environment.
  • Reducing incidents that may be detrimental to working in the long run and causing liability
  • Conserve natural resources and energy and help in getting the required legal consent
  • Sharing environmental solutions and improving industry and government relationship.
  • Evaluates system performance through management review and correct management system deficiencies

More Specific Benefits

  • Improvements in overall environmental performance and compliance.
  • Provides a framework for using pollution prevention practices to meet EMS objectives.
  • Increased efficiency and potential cost savings when managing environmental obligations.
  • Promote predictability and consistency in managing environmental obligations.
  • More effective targeting of scarce environmental management resources.
  • Minimize environmental liabilities
  • Maximize the efficient use of of natural resources (electricity, water, gas and fuels.)
  • Reduce waste
  • Demonstrate a good corporate image
  • Build awareness of environmental concern among employees
  • Gain a better understanding of the environmental impacts of business activities
  • Reduction of the impact (e.g. noises, smells, dust) of activities on immediate neighborhood, leading to more community support and increase profit,improving environmental performance, through more efficient operation

Certification Procedure

The Certification Procedure is a multiple-step process. The certification cycle isdescribed briefly:

  • Application for certification from client
  • Offer from IRQS India
  • Offer acceptance from client and order confirmation by IRQS India
  • Pre audit (optional)
  • Certification audit – (Stage 1 + Stage 2)
  • Issue of certificate on successful completion of certification audit
  • Surveillance audits at defined period
  • Recertification audit after 3 years