ISO 14001

Environmental Management System Certification

A formal environmental management system (EMS) which meets the requirements of ISO 14001 will help you to establish the environmental impacts for every aspect of your business. It will ensure that you are aware of the environmental issues that are relevant to your business (including interested parties). It will provide awareness of the legislation which applies to your company enabling you to remain in compliance. It will ensure that you have set objectives & targets for improvements based upon risk.

General Overview of the Standard ISO14001

Environmental performance is accorded secondary status in most companies. This is generally because Quality & Safety are considered to have more of an immediate and impact particularly in relation to legal compliance and keeping the customer happy. As a result Environmental issues are normally only addressed as and when they arise, usually too late. What most companies don't take into account is the fact that environmental impacts tend to be long term and cumulative and generally have an impact outside the boundaries of the site and on the community. The effect is therefore less apparent and easier to overlook or ignore. Companies are generally aware they have a responsibility for the environment and believe they are operating in an environmentally sensitive manner. In reality only a small number of companies are even aware of the environmental legislation to which they are subject. As a result, only a handful are able to truthfully claim they are in compliance or are sensitive to the environment.

A common reaction amongst companies who implement an Environmental Management System (EMS) addressing the requirements of ISO 14001 is:

  • A shocked acceptance of their limited understanding of the legislation applying to them.
  • How inadequate their environmental performance has been and the costs associated with this inadequacy.
  • The realisation of the potential risks and liabilities they face in an environment of increasingly stringent legislation and litigation.
  • The potential for cost savings. Generally companies look only at the cost of implementing a management system. They overlook the potential savings from reduced levels of waste, resource usage and more efficient means of pollution control. Not forgetting the longer term reduction in potential liability costs.
  • Improved operational efficiency.
  • Reduce costs by minimising waste and energy consumption.
  • Motivation and retention of staff.
  • Minimise risk and potential liability from litigation.
  • Give confidence to customers and local communities of a company's caring and
  • The company becomes more attractive to ethical investors in a climate of eco-friendly portfolios.
  • EMS compliant companies project an enhanced green image
  • It provides marketing and branding opportunities
  • Give confidence to customers and local communities of a company's caring and professional approach to its business.

Service Steps


Pre-assessment is an optional service that is offered for companies that wish to get the highest possible understanding of their readiness prior to undergoing a certification assessment.

2Certification Audit

The certification audit has two parts stage 1 and stage 2. The objective of these two audits is the confirm your companies Quality Management System adheres to all the ISO Requirements.

3Surveillance Audits

Surveillance audits are required to be conducted annually. Depending on the organization's request for a six-month surveillance services are also provided.

4Certificate of Registration

Upon acceptance by the Certification Committee, ISOQAR issues a Certificate of Registration that is valid for 3 years and enters the newly certified organization into ISOQAR’s List of Registered Firms.


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