What is the ISO 14001 standard?

ISO 14001 standard, if the first word that you associate with this standard is "Ecology", then congratulations you are on the right track ISO 14001 standard is the same international standard related to the ISO 9001 and ISO 22000 line of standards, only if ISO 9001 is general, and ISO 22000 focuses on food safety, ISO 14001 contains a number of requirements related to the environmental management scheme. This standard is more stringent on the issues of environmental safety of the enterprise, aimed at improving the environmental efficiency of the enterprise, compliance with environmental legislation, reporting, responsibility and involvement of employees of the enterprise.

What are the objectives of the standard?

Due to the specifics and difference in the impact of each enterprise on the environment, this standard was developed in order to effectively implement environmental management. To regulate the impact on the environment of each of the enterprises. The requirements of the standard are to promote the most effective and efficient environmental management practices in organizations, as well as to provide: useful, usable, cost-effective, systematized, flexible and adaptable tools for different organizations.

Who needs a standard?

Since the ISO 14001 standard is one of the management standards, it will be useful to all organizations wishing to improve their activities in general and also learn how to manage resources more efficiently. Standard fits:
  • For any company, be it a high risk company or a low risk company.
  • For all those who produce unique equipment and also their suppliers.
  • Companies that produce or provide services, as well as local government communities
  • For industry sectors, including public and private.
  • For large multinational companies.

Benefits of ISO 14001?

The standard was developed in order to be able to reduce the impact of enterprises on the environment. In addition to being better able to contribute to the environment, the company also gains a number of benefits, knowledge and compliance with environmental laws, reduce the risk of regulatory and environmental fines, which increases the efficiency of the company as a whole. They also reduce production costs, reducing the amount of waste and resources used. We should also not forget about such advantages as:
  • the adequacy of planning their activities;
  • proper allocation of resources;
  • provision of trainings;
  • organizing meetings for discussions;
  • setting measurable goals;
  • the operation of the organization, consistent with the philosophy of continuous improvement
And also, since the standard is recognized at the international level, it has an impact on entering international markets and will only accompany this goal. We should also not forget about consumers, because not only quality is important for them, but also safety, and safe production, in accordance with standards, is a guarantor for the consumer and causes a sign of reliability, which gives an advantage in the market, among uncertified companies.
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