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What is an EMS? – Core elements and Basic Principles of ISO 14001 Certification

25 Sep

An Environmental Management System is a set of policies and procedures designed to help organizations:

  • Reduce negative environmental impact
  • Improve efficiency and operational effectiveness

An EMS is a set of guidelines for continuous improvement, based on proven methods of business process management and optimization just like quality management system.

The main goal of the organization’s environment management system has to be designed and developed is that the system may be functioning well to grow the environmental performance. The ISO 14001:2015 certification of EMS as per specification recognized standards has been introduced.

There are the six core elements of an EMS that helps in achieving the ISO 14001 Certification:

  • Environmental policy
  • Planning
  • Implementation
  • Study & correct
  • Management review
  • Continuous improvement

1.Environmental policy

This is a clearly outline the environmental policy of business’s objectives and targets, in the context of their environmental policy. It includes principles on environmental sustainability as well as performance indicators relating to the Environmental Management System.

Internally and Externally Policy should always be clearly communicated, as well as fully implemented.

2.Planning

In planning, make complete, thorough plans for implementing the EMS. With clear, thorough planning, organizations stand to assess the environmental impact of all operations. The main purpose of planning is to develop a process for identifying compliance requirements, documenting targets and objectives, and creating a plan for deployment.

3.Implementation

After planning step, current step involves the execution of those plans. This step will also incorporate adjustments and even building of new processes to adapt to changing requirements. It’s important that organizations clearly define, document, and communicate their implementation procedures for purposes of training and compliance contingency. Well-documented processes also make it easier to improve upon those processes. The Scope of Implementation section also includes emergency response planning and preparedness.

4.Study & correct

After implementing step which is the most basic EMS, observe how it functions, and make corrections or optimizations as needed. Study & correct step involves the management of new and existing procedures to make sure KPIs are hit and that the EMS is functioning as it should be. Organizations will benefit from establishing a system for documentation as well as conducting audits of the EMS.

5.Management review

Management review section is same as study & correct but it’s important to have a differentiated review of the EMS conducted by management, to ensure that everything is functioning within the scope of successful performance. Management will be best positioned to assess this kind of effectiveness.

6.Continuous improvement

Every EMS will utilize principles of continuous improvement to enable organizations to optimize all aspects of the system. Through establishment of targets and objectives in the context of wider environmental purposes, organizations can achieve continuous process improvement with methods.

Principles of environmental management system for ISO 14001 Certification

Key principles of environmental management:

  • To encompass environmental management systems and the environmental aspects of products
  • To not be restricted by country or region
  • To uphold and promote public interest as well as the interests of those who use and be affected by the standards
  • To be cost-efficient, robust, and adapt to many different needs, requirements, and circumstances, at any scale, globally
  • For flexibility, to be suitable for internal and/or external verification
  • To utilize scientific evidence and principles
  • To continuously improve upon existing principles of environmental management
  • To be actionable, practical, and useful for organizations using them.
 

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