ISO 14001 was developed primarily to assist companies with a framework for better management control that can result in reducing their environmental impacts. It pertains to practically all industries including Aerospace and Defense, Automotive, Consumer Packaged Goods, General Manufacturing, Hi-Tech and Life Sciences . It can be used by any organization that wants to improve resource efficiency, reduce waste, and drive down costs. The main aim of ISO 14001 is to assist companies in continually improving their environmental performance, while complying with any applicable legislation. Using ISO 14001 can provide assurance to company management and employees as well as external stakeholders that environmental impact is being measured and improved. ISO 14001 can also be integrated with other management functions and assists companies in meeting their environmental and economic goals.
The introduction of ISO 14001:2015 includes several new updates all aimed at making environmental management more comprehensive and relevant to the supply chain while focusing on the improvement of environmental performance. The new standard also includes linking to the High-Level Structure used in ISO 9001: Plan DO Check Act (PDCA) making implementation and auditing more uniform.
ISO 14001 is like ISO 9001 quality management in that both pertain to the process of how a product is produced, rather than to the product itself. Compliance with federal, state and local regulations is the absolute minimum a company must do to maintain its license to operate. It includes monitoring air, water, waste and hazards and recording any near misses or incidents that may have occurred. Just as in the ISO 9001:2015, the new 14001:2015 also includes more focus on managing operational risk and the impact on economic performance and reputation, as well as environmental, safety and society outcomes.
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