ISO 14001 Certification

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What IS ISO 14001 Certification

What IS ISO 14001 Certification?

ISO 14001 Certification is an Environmental Management System Certification. There are several activities Involves in ISO 14001 Certification – First of all the organization Looking for ISO 14001 Certification to their business organization – Implement the Requirements of ISO 14001 :2015 Standard in the organization by developing required documents of ISO 14001:2015 Standards requirement , Implement the ISO 14001 documents such as – EMS Manual , Environmental Policy , Objective , Environmental Aspects Impact analysis , Legal Register , Environmental Performance Monitoring ,Internal Audit , MRM etc , so on . After completion of Implementation apply to ISO Certification Body for Certification. After receipt of the Application, the Certification bodies assign the Auditor for assessment of Implemented Environmental Management (EMS) of organization, based on ISO 14001 Audit outcome and recommendations, the Certification Body award the ISO 14001 Certification to organization. These Entire activities are known as ISO 14001 Certification. So, any organization planning for ISO 14001 Certification, wanted to become ISO 14001 Certified, first of all Implement the EMS Standard in the organization, maintain the necessary required documents & records, including the compliances of applicable Legal requirements of Environmental Management and then apply to ISO Certification body to get Certified.

Benefits of ISO 14001 Certification:

When the organization implements Environmental Management System (EMS) requirements in the organization effectively and consistently maintain the compliance in the organization as routine business practices of the organization, there are several benefits of ISO 14001 Certification to the organization, out of several benefits, the most prominent and Common benefits of ISO 14001 Certification are given below:

  • Enhancement of Environmental Performance of the organization
  • Reduced the Pollution Level ( i.e Air Pollution , Noise Pollution , Water Pollution, Land Contaminations ,etc, )
  • Prevents the depletions of Natural Resources
  • Improve the Legal Compliances of Environmental Regulations
  • Reduce the wastages of Energy consumptions & wastages
  • Improve the Waste Management
  • Provide the opportunity for Disasters Management and prevent any major Losses of the organization due to potential Emergency situations
  • Improve the awareness about Environmental Management and prevention of Pollutions
  • Enhancement of credibility of the organization
  • Enhancement of Contribution of organization to nation & society towards environmental protections
Benefits of ISO 14001 Certification

ISO 14001 Certification Cost

ISO 14001 Certification Cost – It is totally depending on the organizational Information – such as Number of Employee, Organization Location, Number of Permanent sites, Temporary site & Remote locations, Process & activities, product / services of the organization. When the organization provides this information to Certification Body at the time of application. The Certification Body evaluate the Audit man-day requirements of the organization for ISO 14001 Certification referring the to various Policy, Procedure of CAB, IAF MD and accreditation requirements (if any), based on evaluation of Audit Man-day, the certification apply the Audit Man-day rate and reach to ISO 14001 Certification Cost of applicant organization. This is standard practices of evaluation of ISO 14001 Certification cost, which are being followed by accredited ISO Certification Body.

ISO 14001 Certification Requirements:

An ISO 14001 is an Environmental Management System (EMS) Standard, latest published Environmental Management System Standard is ISO 14001:2015. This EMS standard has 10 Clauses, where requirements of Environmental Management System for implementation and certification is given in clause # 4 to Clause #10. ISO 14001 Certification Requirements – it is combination of two terms ISO 14001 Certification and ISO 14001 requirements. So, for user organization Points of view the ISO 14001 requirements are given below:

  • Internal and External Issues Identification affecting the organization for Environmental Management.
  • Understanding the needs & Expectations of Interested Party relevant to Environmental Management System
  • Determining the applicability of EMS
  • Establishing the Environmental Management processes to achieve the Intended Outcome.
  • Establishing the Environmental Policy & Objective
  • Establishing the Role, Responsibility and authority related to Environmental Management within the organization.
  • Risk Analysis
  • Environmental aspects impact analysis.
  • Fulfillment of compliance Obligations
  • Employee Competency Analysis in relation with Environmental Management System and provide Training to them.
  • Establishing the Communication System for Internal & External Communication related to Environmental Management.
  • Development, Implementation of Documents & record required by ISO 14001 standard and established the procedures for Control of documented information.
  • Operational, Planning & Control
  • Development and Implementation Emergency Preparedness and response
  • Environmental Performance Monitoring
  • Evaluation of Compliances
  • Internal Audit
  • Management Review Meeting
  • Improvements
ISO 14001 Certification Process

ISO 14001 Certification Process:

ISO 14001 Certification to any organization is awarded by Accredited ISO Certification Body after performing onsite Audit (verification of documentations, implementation & Effectiveness of Environmental Management System) to the applicant organization, who has implemented the Environmental Management System (EMS) Standard in the organization and maintained the necessary documents & record of compliance to this standard.

ISO 14001 Certification process is a combination of various activities performed by Certification Body, these activities as followings:

  • Application Review
  • Audit Team Assignment
  • Onsite Audit against Audit Criteria – ISO 14001:2015
  • Audit Report Preparation and submission to Certification Body
  • Certification Decision
  • Award of ISO 14001 Certification
ISO 14001 Certification is a combination of certification activities performed by the certification Body – which includes – Onsite Audit, certification decision & Award of ISO 14001 Certification. But the organization planning for ISO 14001 Certification must implement Environmental Management System Standard in the organization prior to apply for Certification. Because the Certification Body only can perform the ISO 14001 Certification, when the EMS is implemented in the organization.
The startup can benefited in manway from ISO 14001 Certification -such as improve the compliances of legal requirement and regulations of Environmental management, reduces the energy wastages which turns to cost saving, re-designing the environmental friendly products, which turns to huge demands improvements in organizational revenue, etc . So, there are many benefits for an ISO 14001 Certification for startup.
The key elements for the planning of ISO 14001 are

- Understanding the requirements of ISO 14001
- Gap -Analysis and integration of ISO 14001 requirements vs Business practices of the organization
- Environmental Policy & Objectives
- Documentation & record requirements of ISO 14001
- Environmental aspects Identification & analysis
- Environmental performance
- Internal Audit
- Management Review
- Continual Improvement
The advantages of ISO 14001 – Prevention of Pollution, Enhancement of Environmental Performance, Enhancement of Legal Compliances, etc. so on.
The implantations steps for ISO 14001 are as followings

- Understanding the ISO 14001 requirements & Training
- GAP- Analysis
- Development of Documentation, Environmental Policy, objective and records
- Environmental Aspects Impact Analysis
- Develop Legal Register & its Compliances
- Develop Emergency Preparedness
- Environmental Performance Monitoring
- Internal Audit
- Management Review Meeting
- Corrective actions and Continual Improvements
The Steps of Getting an Environmental Management (EMS) System Certification

- Documentation
- Implementation
- Internal Audit
- MRM
- Onsite Audit by CAB auditor
- Award of an Environmental Management System Certification
ISO 14001 Certification Validity is for 3 years, subject to meeting the annual Surveillance Audit Compliances.
As per ISO 14001- Environmental Management System (EMS) standard objective, when the organization adopts this standard for implementation in the organization and further planning for ISO 14001 Certification, the intended outcomes of the EMS are

- Reduction of Environmental impact of Significant aspects- which are generated from product, process & activities of the organization. Which turns into the Enhancements of Environmental Performance of the organization.
- The organization Fulfill the applicable Legal and Other requirements related to Environmental Management.
- The organization should continually improve the Environmental Management System and meets the its Objective

These are basic Intended outcomes of the EMS, but this is not limited, the expectations of EMS outcome can be many more it depends on organization type, Interested Party Expectations, etc so on.
ISO 14001:2015 is a latest revised Environmental Management System Standard published by international organization of Standardization (ISO).
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