ISO 14001 is part of the ISO 14000 series of voluntary standards and guidelines on systems created by the International Organisation for Standardization or ISO. These standards and guidelines are authored to make sure that all operational processes are consistent, efficient and effective, in line with the organisation’s objectives of protecting and preserving the environment.
What is EMS?
The key to obtaining ISO registration in Kolkata certification is the effective implementation of an Environmental Management System or EMS. EMS comprises an organisation’s programs and activities designed to limit the negative impact on the environment whilst maintaining the organisation’s efficiency. EMS programs are managed in a comprehensive, systematic, and documented manner, more specifically by implementing regulations for designing processes, applying concepts, monitoring results, and improving operations. All of these are aimed to improve organisational operations and significantly reduce environmental impact.
In summary, EMS serves as a tool for improving the environmental performance of the organisation. It provides a systematic way of managing the organisation’s environmental-related activities. It is the organisation’s way of addressing short-term and long-term environmental issues. It provides order and consistency for the way the organisation responds to environmental concerns. Finally, EMS helps the organisation to focus on continuous improvement of its system, and possibly to achieve ISO 14001 certification.
Who needs EMS?
EMS is appropriate for any organisation that desires to improve its environmental performance, notwithstanding competitive edge. It is for the organisation that recognizes the responsibility of addressing environmental problems. EMS is perfect for the organisation that does not realise savings in time, money and other resources because of the insufficiency or absence of programs for managing environmental affairs. It is ideal for the organisation that wants to achieve sustained compliance in applicable environmental regulations, as well as in achieving ISO 9001:2015 Certification in Kolkata. The organization that does not have environmental policies needs EMS.
What are the steps to EMS implementation?
The first step to implementing EMS is orientation and commitment. This involves training of the executive management team and conducting an initial environmental review. The second step is structure and training. This proceeds on to designating an environmental management officer and forming management and implementation committees. The third step is policy and documentation. This includes developing an environmental policy statement and identifying procedures. The fourth step is progressive implementation. The fifth and final step is ISO 14001 certification and registration. The organization undergoes pre-assessment and takes corrective action, and then moves on to the final certification audit.