Environment Management System (EMS) refers to a system used by an Organisation to manage its activities, product or services in such a way to minimize or eliminate the adverse impacts on environment. More explicitly, the EMS is that part of the overall management system viz. organizational structure, planning activities, responsibilities, practices, procedures, processes and resources which are necessary for developing, implementing, reviewing and maintaining the organisation’s environmental policy.
ISO 14000 series is voluntary and based on international consensus as 65 countries are participating in the standards development process. The standards are generic, i.e. applicable to both manufacturing and service organisation, in public and private sectors. They say what should be done by an organisation to manage the impact on the environment of its activities, but do not dictate how to do it.
The overall aim of this international standard ISO 14001 is to support environmental protection and prevention of pollution in balance with socio – economic needs. However, it is not intended to be used to create non-tariff trade barriers or to increase or change an organisation’s legal obligations.
This international standard does not incorporate occupational health and safety management system elements. Nevertheless, the certification / registration process will only be applicable to aspects of the environmental management system. The company has to make targets related to environment issues for long run and achievement for the same. Also provisions for emergency so that environment is no where affected by the company.
BENEFITS OF ISO: 14001
1.Increase the Acceptance from financial institutions, Bank, Public, Insurance etc.
2.Improve Industry – Government Relations.
3.Improve Environment Performance, which in turn increase productivity of man and machines.
4.Meet customer’s environment expectations and maintain good public relations.
6.Ability to Meet;
* National/ International Legislation
* Regional Variation in Legislation
7.Health and Safety of Workers
* Consumer Opinion
* Inter-company/ international Trade
9.Increase Employee Confidence.
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