Join us on our ISO Show 3 part series on Implementing ISO 14001. The leading global environmental standard, is still as popular as ever for businesses that are serious about acting responsibility and not just paying ‘lip service’ to ‘going green’. Derek Hall, Senior Consultant at Blackmores shares the benefits and values of ISO 14001, including how putting good environmental management into practice can improve the bottom line. The first step on the ISO 14001 journey is to begin with looking at what the company ‘wants’ and ‘needs’ and how this works with the associated interested parties i.e. employees, contractors and clients. Following the ISO 14001 Gap Analysis, the organisation will need some ‘breathing space’ to reflect on the findings, share the report with the management team, before planning the next steps. Prior to creating the Environmental Management System (EMS) structure its worthwhile beginning with three key areas:-
- Identifying significant environmental aspects – Creating an Aspects and Impacts Register Review energy, waste, water, procured goods etc in relation to what the company does
- Understand the environmental legal compliance obligations – these need to relate directly to the organisations activities, locations and services delivered.
- Establish Environmental objectives – Once the environmental aspects and legal compliance requirements are understood, setting realistic objectives can help to reduce operational costs and give an organisation a competitive edge.
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