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ISO 14001 environmental management system

Our highly qualified and experienced Environmental Consultants specialise in developing the highest quality ISO 14001 environmental management systems for Australian organisations.

Our ISO 14001 environmental management systems can be fully developed in as little as 5 days and when required organisations can become ISO 14001 certified within 7 days * .

When using one of our ISO 14001 environmental management systems our customers are surprised at how easy they are to use. This is because we have purposely designed our ISO 14001 environmental management systems to be logical, simple by design, and never overburdened with unnecessary documents or requirements. An ISO 14001 environmental management system we develop effectively manages environmental risk and improves environmental performance.

We've invested a significant amount of time into developing our ISO 14001 environmental management system style. We've steered well away from the time consuming and confusing traditional approach which is to develop unnecessary documents and requirements. We've listened to our customers and have gained substantial knowledge of how to develop the best environmental management system for them. In fact, our environmental management system design is in part unique and subject to copyright laws.

Our ISO 14001 environmental management systems include all necessary procedures and forms. We also make sure that they fully meet the requirements of the ISO 14001 standard, which includes a legal review, so organisations will never have to rework their environmental management system to achieve ISO 14001 compliance.

We will also help organisations understand how to systematically implement and manage one of our ISO 14001 environmental management systems. Unlike other consultancies we'll also include complimentary advice during the implementation stage via email or telephone.

If required we can always provide more implementation assistance. Specific assistance can include conducting internal audits, the collection of monitoring and measurement information, preparation assistance for management review meetings, the provision of extensive ISO 14001 environmental management system training throughout an organisation, and so on.

Need some assistance developing your own ISO 14001 environmental management system?

As an alternative to developing the ISO 14001 environmental management system for you we are able to provide the following:

Plain English explanations of applicable environmental legal requirements and/or environmental compliance audits;

Conduct initial environmental reviews to identify the environmental aspects of the organisation's products, services and activities;

Conduct ISO 14001 environmental management system gap analysis audits and provide extensive recommendations; and

Selective document development and mentoring services.

Interested in ISO 14001 certification?

There are a many benefits to developing an ISO 14001 environmental management system. Some organisations may receive additional benefit when ISO 14001 certified through an Accredited Certification Body.

There are numerous companies which provide this service. Some value-add more than others, some offer competitive rates, some are local/national/international, some have good logos to use in an organisation's marketing material, some don't over-service their clients, and some have good auditors which are qualified and experienced.

We won't recommend a service provider and don't have any unethical arrangements with them, but we can assist your organisation identifying suitable service providers in your local region.

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ISO 14001 environmental management system benefits

By developing an ISO 14001 environmental management system organisations identify environmental risks and manage these risks accordingly. There are many ways that organisations benefit such as:

Promoting a positive environmental image with customers, and increasing demand for products and services;

Lowering business costs through reduced resource consumption and waste disposal costs;

Improving environmental performance such as reducing electricity consumption and purchasing more 'sustainable' products;

Achieving environmental commitments and environmental policy requirements;

Meeting environmental legal requirements such as identifying a permit is required for certain discharges;

Retaining environmental knowledge through documenting ISO 14001 environmental management system requirements; and

Committing to social responsibilities.

ISO 14001 environmental management systems are the most recognised systems. By choosing ISO 14001 organisations can be easily recognised for their environmental management efforts.

ISO 14001 environmental management system overview

ISO 14001 Environmental management systems - Requirements with guidance for use is an internationally recognised standard for the development of an effective environmental management system. The ISO 14001 standard was developed in Amsterdam by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) in 1996.

The ISO 14001 environmental management system standard specifies a process for the control and the continuous improvement of an organisation’s environmental performance. The ISO 14001 standard develops a strategic approach to an organisation's environmental policy, plans and actions. It does not specify environmental performance criteria but simply how to develop an ISO 14001 environmental management system.

There are 17 specific elements of ISO 14001 environmental management system standard and 18 elements when counting the all-encompassing first general element (4.1 General requirements).  They are as follows:

An environmental policy supported by senior management;

Identification of environmental aspects and impacts;

Identification of environmental legal and other requirements;

Development of objectives and targets , and their programs;

Defined resources, roles, responsibilities and authorities;

Development of competence, training and awareness procedures;

A communication processor all stakeholders and interested parties;

Documentation including records as required by ISO 14001;

Development of document control procedures;

Development of operational control procedures;

Development of emergency preparedness and response procedures;

Development of monitoring and measuring procedures;

An evaluation of compliance procedure;

Non-conformance, corrective and preventative action procedures;

The development of a records management procedure;

A program for completing internal ISO 14001 audits ; and

Development of procedures for senior management review .

Further reading

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How to improve existing ISO 14001 environmental management systems

Developing an effective environmental policy

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* Our experience has demonstrated ISO 14001 certification is achievable within a 7 to 10 business day time frame even with multiple sites when: the client has the time available to complete all actions as instructed by our Environmental Consultants; and, it has been determined as achievable by our Environmental Consultants.

** Often when a system is first ISO 14001 certified the Accredited Certification Body finds several non-conformances or even conditions for certification. Consequently they require additional follow-up audits approximately in 1, 3 and/or 6 months. Not only are organisations spending more time being audited they are often charged up to $2,000 per day for the Accredited Certification Body to audit them. However, experience has shown that when a system we develop is implemented correctly (as per our easy to follow instructions) the system can be certified without fault and surveillance audits can then commence annually.

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