A Complete Guide for ISO 14001 Certification for Beginners

This blog is specific for those organization who are new to ISO 14001:2015 Standard and want to know about this ISO 14001 Standard, How to Implement ISO 14001 Standard, what are documents required to be prepared to ensure the ISO 14001 implementation is effective, ISO 14001 Certification process , how to get ISO 14001 Certification, Cost Involve in ISO 14001 Certification and overall, all benefits of ISO 14001 Certification, these are a very common questions of the organization -who are new about ISO 14001 – Environmental Management System Standard .

This Blog content is prepared in view to make awareness to organization who are Looking for ISO 14001 Certification, but very new about ISO 14001 requirements and including ISO certification process. So, keeping in view all the points, we are writing this Blog, so that our user can get better understanding about ISO 14001 Standard as A Complete Guide for ISO 14001 Certification for Beginners. So, in this Blog we will cover all the points so that new user organization can get the better understanding while selecting this ISO 14001 Standard for their organization.

First of all, let’s know about ISO 14001- Environmental Management System, It’s purpose and requirement.

What is Environmental Management System -ISO 14001:2015?

We know that an environment is the surroundings in which we live -such as air, water, land, natural resources, flora, fauna, humans, animals and their interrelationships. An Environmental Management is to manage the environment in a systematic way, in view to protect the environment from pollutions, depletions. So that Life of human (including Living Things) is comfortable for survival i.e pollution free environment.

When the organization operate, there could be several activities of the organization, which could directly or indirectly impact on an environment – which may lead to environmental Pollution or depletion of natural resources. For Example, Using the Electricity for operation of Machine / Equipment, consumed the Power -where Electricity power is produced by Natural Resources- such as Water/ Air / coal/ diesel etc.    Second Example – Use of water or discharge of water, etc so on are the several examples – which needs to be controlled for protection of Environment.

These are all basic concepts about Environmental Management – which we deal in our normal day to day life – either at home, office or workshops etc, so on.

An ISO 14001:2015 Standard is an Environmental Management System, which provides the requirements of Environmental Management in the Organization in a systematic way, with objective to prevention of Pollution, Depletion of Natural Resources by meeting applicable compliance requirements (Legal and other requirement applicable to organization in relation with Environmental Management). This ISO 14001 Standard is a specific Environmental Management System standard – any Type / Size of the organization can adopt for implementation in the organization for prevention of Pollution and meeting the Compliance Obligations.

With the above explanation, we hope, it is now clarified, what is ISO 14001 Environmental Management System Standard, and why it is needed by the organization for Implementation in the organization and further can opt for ISO 14001 Certification (if required).

What are the requirements of ISO 14001 -Environmental Management System Standard?

 As per ISO 14001:2015 Standard, there are many requirements, which are provided from Clause # 4 to Clause # 10 (which you can refer in ISO 14001:2015 Standard for detailed requirement of ISO 14001). But for new user point of view, we are providing the key requirements of Environmental Management System Standard, which could help the new organization for overall understanding   the requirement of ISO 14001

  • Identification of Internal and External issues of the organization – which are affecting Environmental Management System of the organization.
  • Identification of Environmental Aspects (Product, Process, activities of the organization – which are interacting with the Environment causing pollution, Depletion etc son on) 
  • Identification of applicable Legal and Other requirements related to Environmental Management.
  • Environmental Aspects Impact Analysis
  • Risk Analysis of Internal / External issues, Significant Environmental Aspects and Compliance Obligations
  • Identification of Potential Emergency Situation and its Preparedness
  • Establishing Environmental Policy and Objective
  • Training to all the Employee about Environmental Management System, Environmental Policy, Objective, Significant Environmental Aspects and Compliance Obligations.
  • Internal Audit of organizational Environmental Management System
  • Conducting Management Review meeting
  • Monitoring and Measurement of Environmental Performance of the organization

These are the key requirements of Environmental Management System – ISO 14001 Standard, for more detailed requirement, it is advised to refer ISO 14001:2015 Standard.

How to Implement ISO 14001 Standard?

First of all it is advised to have proper understating the requirement of ISO 14001:2015, by self-+Learning or attending the Expert Training, once the understanding is sound enough, then follow the Following steps of Implementation of ISO 14001-Environmental Management System (EMS) .

  • Develop the Team for Environmental Management System (within the Organization)
  • Do the GAP – Analysis taking reference of ISO 14001 requirements VS current Environmental Management Practices of the organization
  • If any difference Found in GAP analysis – address then
  • Assign the Role & Responsibility of each Team member for Implementation the requirements
  • Maintain the documents & record as compliance
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What Documents & Records required for ISO 14001 Certification?

As per ISO 14001:2015 Standard requirement, the documents requirement can be varied organization to organization, depends on Nature, activities and Size of the organization. But some of the Key Documents of ISO 14001 Certification are very common, which is required to be maintained by the organization, irrespective of their size, nature & activities of the organization for ISO 14001 Certification. These documents & records are, given below

  • Environmental Policy & Objective
  • SOP for Monitoring the Environmental Performance
  • Environmental Aspects Impact Analysis Record
  • Legal Register
  • Mock Drill Record of Potential Emergency Situations
  • Risk Analysis Record
  • Internal Audit Record
  • Management Review Record
  • Environmental Performance Monitoring Record
  • Corrective Action Record

What is ISO 14001 Certification process and how to get ISO 14001 Certification?

This is very common question of user organization ISO 14001 Certification process and how to get ISO 14001 Certification. So, we want to make our user to clarify about ISO Certification process and how to get ISO 14001 Certification, please see the below explanation for understanding on this Topic.

Once the organization completed the Implementation of ISO 14001:2015 standard and maintained the necessary document & records as required by this EMS Standard including has completed at least First Internal Audit and Management Review meeting. Then organization is eligible to apply for ISO 14001 Certification to any Certification Body. The Steps of ISO 14001 Certification Process of ISO 14001 Certification are given below for user understanding

  • Apply to ISO Certification for ISO 14001 Certification
  • Get the Proposal to know the Cost of ISO 14001 Certification
  • After Cost of ISO 14001 Certification Acceptance, the Certification Body will do   Application review and planning for Onsite Audit for ISO 14001 :2015
  • Audit Team will visit to Client organization site to perform the Audit on EMS
  • After Completion of EMS Audit, the Audit Tea make recommendation for ISO 14001 Certification and submit the Audit Report to Certification body Review and necessary Certification Decision Activities.
  • Based on Certification Decision – ISO 14001 Certification awarded to Organization.

Read full process in detail- ISO 14001 Certification Process

What are Benefits of ISO 14001 Certification?

There are several benefits of ISO 14001 implementation and Certification, but most common benefits are

  •   Enhancement of Environmental Performance
  • Control of Wate generation and Management, which results on Cost saving
  • Energy Saving
  • Enhancement of Compliance to Legal Requirement
  • Reduce the Pollution Level and Depletion of Natural resources
  • Reputation and Credibility of organization Enhanced
  • Create awareness about Environmental Protections

Read more about- ISO 14001 Certification Benefits

One thought on “A Complete Guide for ISO 14001 Certification for Beginners

  • July 16, 2022 at 12:03 pm

    Thanks for the new blog and you have given many of information and it will help to the all type of organization and beginners who want to know about the EMS Certification, requirement, process and benefits.


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