There are so many environmental issues to deal with these days, and their effects on the dynamics and quality of life require immediate attention and action. The pressure to become environmentally responsible comes from global and local authorities, concerned groups and of course, the International Organization for Standardization. Practically every year, new legislation is passed to adequately address environmental issues for the benefit of the present and future generations. Coincidentally, a lot of individuals are also making the change because essentially there are just so many more advantages to gain in becoming environmentally-responsible.
As for business sectors, the creation of the iso14001 makes it easier to stay ecologically “in tune.” This internationally recognized standard allows businesses to elevate their operations and increase competence through environmentally-sound practices. It’s comprised of stringent criteria to ensure sustainability of processes and the proper implementation of these processes. The iso14001 is defined by 6 key elements that companies have to adequately fulfill in their environmental management systems.
The first element is the environmental policy. This was drawn up by experts and legal authorities who have an extensive understanding of the direct relation between industrial processes and the environment.
Second element is planning. This lays out the framework of the succeeding processes which normally includes formulation of objectives, budgeting, funding, research, gathering of important data, testing and so much more.
Third element is implementation and operation. No EMS is successful without proper implementation. This stage is the complete application of the plans drawn up in the second element, really making compliance a physical act.
Fourth is checking and corrective action. Well, there are concepts that are so much better in theory and fall flat in actual implementation. This element ensures that objectives are properly met with the required tweaking of certain procedures.
Fifth key element is management review. This is crucial because the environmental management system has to be followed at all times to really yield the benefits that they were created to target. Consistency is incredibly important in determining the success of the EMS. This element allows the company to evaluate which parts of the operations are working according to design and which are not necessary or not performing optimally.
Last element is continual improvement. Business operations grow because of the mind-set to improve. Environmental conditions continue to evolve and certain practices, in the long run, may become obsolete so it’s important to keep with the times and aim for better performing strategies that accommodate both industrial and environmental requirements.