The standard defines the environmental management system requirements to which organization subscribes. The organization develops the environmental program to meet its policy, objectives and regulatory requirements and works towards continual improvement.
This is the certification for companies seeking an internationally recognised environmental management system. It can help companies create a structure for managing environmental operations.
ISO 14001 specifies environmental requirements that the organisation identifies as those which it can control and influence. The standard helps organization to set the specific environmental performance criteria and improve further.
The extent of the application depends on factors like the environmental policy of the organisation, the nature of its activities, products and services, the location and the conditions in which the company functions.
Highlights of ISO 14001:2015
The current version is ISO 14001:2015. This international standard is intended for use by an organization seeking to manage its environmental responsibilities in a systematic manner that contributes to environmental pillar of sustainability. It enables an organization to use common approach and risk-based thinking to integrate its environmental management system with the requirements of other management systems. This standard ensures that the environmental aspects of an organization's activities, products and services that it determines, can either control or influence considering a life cycle perspective.
Benefits of adoption
A well-defined environmental management system is essential for an organisation to manage environmental aspects like emission and handling of waste. It is important for the efficient utilisation of resources and energy.
Some of the benefits of the ISO 14001 certification are:
- Enhancing environmental performance
- Life cycle perspective
- Prevention or mitigation of adverse environmental impacts
- Fulfilment of compliance obligation
- Reduction in insurance premiums; waste handling costs; water and air permitting fees
- Improved corporate image; strategic investment; improved regulatory relations
The certification process is a multiple-step process. The certification cycle is described briefly:
- Application for certification from client
- Offer from TUV India
- Offer acceptance from client and order confirmation by TUV India
- Pre audit (optional)
- Certification audit - (Stage 1 + Stage 2)
- Issue of certificate on successful completion of certification audit
- Surveillance audits at defined interval
- Recertification audit after 3 years
TUV India's Service
The underlying philosophy of this certification rest in the intent that irrespective of the nature of your business, your organisation must comply with the applicable environmental legislation. Our team of competent auditors critically examines your organisation's processes and practices and assesses your commitment to comply with these legislation.This certification focused on a wide range of parameters - air, water, soil pollution etc, establishes the impact of your organisation's activities, products and services on the environment. Our audit team guides your organisation towards a framework for formulating a strategic approach on environmental policies, plans and actions.
The ISO 14001 certification can be integrated with other systems like the ISO 9001 and the OHSAS 18001 certifications.