About ISO 14001-Environmental Management System

With the alarm of global warming and its consequence the human society has become serious about the ecology and its preservation. ISO 14001 EMS helps to maintain the Environment around us, by following certain management standards. Environmental regulations are getting stricter, and so is the law enforcement. Customers and shareholders increasingly demand to diminish the environmental impact from their business, demonstrate what they do, and how they improve.An Environmental Management System helps your organization to be in control of and successfully manage the most significant environmental aspects, e.g. emissions, waste handling, utilize natural resources, and energy-efficiency.

Main Highlights

The ISO 14001 – Environment Management System standard will benefit every organizations to:

  • Classify, cope and control the environmental impacts related within the organizations activities, products and services;
  • The results on a thorough implementation will lead to the continual improvement benefits within the organizations environmental impacts and performance. This can also being achieved through the goal-setting of attainable/ quantifiable environmental objectives and targets.
  • Compliance and conformities on all the environmental legislation/ regulation/authorities.
  • The Environment Management System provides an outline for every organizations to execute/implement policies, plans, procedures etc. aligned within the organizations objectives and policies.

 

Brief about the ISO standard

An ISO 14001 implementation and certification proves that you’re Environmental Management System has been measured against the best practice standard and compliant. 

Adapted from the ISO standard: ISO 14001:2004

 

Phase I - Establishing the environmental goals (policy). The organizations Environmental Policy must be well-defined by the Top Management and shall be ensured that it is fully aligned within the scope of its Environmental Management System. This shall be well-documented, fully implemented on all levels and shall be properly maintained throughout the organization.

 

Phase II – Planning the elements of the EMS in relation to the Environmental aspects shall be formed, executed and sustained. This phase will identify the organizations environmental aspects on the independent activities, products and services. Every organizations must ensure that all the significant environmental aspects shall be considered in forming, executing and sustaining the management system.

 

Phase III – Implementing the EMS within the organizations shall involve all the Top Management and shall appoint the designated management representatives to ensure that the EMS is being fully implemented across the organization at all levels.

 

Phase IV – Checking for any problems and correcting them. Corrective Actions and Checking shall be maintained to ensure that the organizations policy is being complied while the EMS remains appropriate/applicable.

 

Phase V - Management Review shall include the scope and elements of the EMS that requires to be reviewed, and the review process may take place over a period of time depends within the requirements to be met by every organizations. This phase will conclude the effectiveness of the EMS and how to continuously improve it and launching into a new cycle of improvement.

 

One an organization have an Environmental Management System in place, the certification body will perform and external audit, after the successive audit – the certificate of registration will be issued for ISO 14001.

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    Boosts the company/organizations reputation, impression and engagement with the client and the respective authorities.

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    The above standard can continuously promote and improve employee ethics that could also create a positive awareness within the organization and society.

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    Compliance to Environmental Legislations and management of with Environmental Risks with compliance to the environmental regulations.

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    Improving cost control through materials and energy, cost savings in waste, recycling and consumption that can be used in other beneficial technology/activity.

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    The standard is mainly focused on reducing environmental incidents which results to avoid the damages of the company’s reputation, and reduced the liability etc.

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    Implementing an Environmental Management System is a systematic way to discover and control the effects your company has on the environment.

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    The company which is an ISO 14001:2004 certified can generate further business through tenders with larger companies which requires contractors to be an ISO 14001:2004 certified.

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    Implementing an Environmental Management System is a systematic way to discover and control the effects your company has on the environment

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    The focus of the standard is to demonstrate and validate the organization’s concerns and commitment for improving the environment.

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    To increase every employee’s engagement in the knowledge that they are working in an environmentally friendly organization.


BAS 4P methodology is the way of standardizing the client process and procedure in a systematic way. The 4P enables BAS and client to go through a series of activities that leads to certifications. The 4P methodology deeply analyze and reviews the process and procedure within the organization and improves overall performance of the organization and finally get certified. 
BAS implements the following activities.

 

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PREPARE

Understand the context

  • Capture and review business goals to understand the context and client.
  • Determine goals of the assessment of the client by questionnaire, interviews etc.
  • Identify key stakeholders.
  • Determine the scope (functional areas, geographical coverage etc) and timeline.
  • Finalize scope, timeline and resource needs.
  • Confirm approach and seek client commitment.
  • Mobilize the Assessment project team.
  • Schedule interviews.
  • Hold a kick-off meeting.
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PERFORM

Gather Data

  • Gather and Analyze/Review existing documentation, portals, past audit reports, forms, metrics, data etc and understand how the operations is compliance with standards.
  • Conduct interviews and workshops.
  • Document survey results and preliminary ratings if any.
  • Document preliminary findings.
  • Assess environment and, gaining evidentiary support from interviews and documents.
  • Identify key issues and challenges and seek agreements from stakeholders
  • Implement and improve process and procedures

 

PRESENT

Develop Recommendations

  • Identify opportunities to overcome identified issues and/or reach maturity levels.
  • Prioritize alternatives.
  • Develop recommendations and near-term timeline.
  • Prepare final report.
  • Preview final report with stakeholders and update as required.
  • Present final report.

 

PURSUE

Continual Improvement 

  • Follow up with the organization and analyze the how the organization is compliance with the standards
  • Check with the organization that the standards are being implemented and maintained.
  • Evaluate the continual fulfillment and improvement of all the required and relevant documents.

 

Certification Details

 

BAS is a versatile ISO certification body, with various industrial expertise and strong exposures in the field of Quality, Health, Safety and Environmental, Service Management and Information Security Management. We provide reliable services in the UK, Middle East, India and Other countries.

 

We at BAS with our veteran assessors provide you with certification which provides value for your management system. Many clients around the world have greatly benefited through our exemplary service. 

 

The following are the steps in this phase we do as part of certification

 

Contract signature

BAS representative sends out an application which is a questionnaire to the organization which is the applicant for the Certification.

Once BAS receives the filled in application, the BAS representative sends an official quote to the applicant for approval.

 

Pre-audit (optional):

Gap analysis and diagnosis of your systems current position against requirements of the standard - A pre-certification audit is a high level evaluation indicating where your company currently stands in compliance with specific standards before the main certification audit. 

 

Audit Stage 1- Initial Visit: to verify the establishment and implementation of the basic structure of your Management System

 

BAS will carry out a Document review Assessment of the clients Management System according to the requirements of  Standard in order to establish to what extent the System addresses the requirements of the standard and if a subsequent Initial Assessment for Accredited Certificate is likely to result in successful certification at an early stage, by which usually companies take the necessary corrective/preventive actions as appropriate and prior to the Initial Assessment. The Pre-audit should not be considered as a Consultancy Service

 

Audit Stage 2 - Certification audit (certificate issued after successful certification audit)

 

The principal purpose of the Initial Assessment is to audit the Companys Management Systems for compliance with the the standard. Please note that Initial Assessment is the obligatory service.   In this phase if there are any opportunities for improvements identified BAS auditors would report them in the interest of the organization.  

 

Surveillance audits to follow the continual improvement

 

It is also an obligatory service; BAS will perform Surveillance Visit approximately after every year i.e. a total of 3 Surveillance Visits will be performed every year during the 3 years validation period of the Certificate. Such routine surveillance Visits are performed to ensure the continuous compliance of your Management System to the requirements of  Standards.

 

Re-certification after 3 years through full audit or continual assessment.

What we do?

  • BAS can assist your organization to acquire any relevant ISO certifications in UAE which is well-known internationally. It will generate additional business opportunities, exhibit the organizations compliance and commitment to the best-practices in any industries in order to be more competitive in todays market.
  • We at BAS with our veteran assessors provide you with certification which provides value for your management system. Many clients around the world have greatly benefited through our exemplary service.
  • When you choose BAS as your certification partner you stand to gain monetarily in your business by our straight forward assessment. The overall aim of certification is to give confidence to all parties that a management system fulfills specified requirements. The value of certification is the degree of public confidence and trust that is established by an Impartial and competent assessment by a third party. 
  • With BAS, you will have the capability to deliver on the promises you make this helps you to enhance your     reputation, creates confidence in your capabilities, substantiates claims and differentiates your     organization; 
  • With BAS,  Obtains the full tangible benefits and value of your management systems this helps you to     link assessment system benefits to financial performance or improvements in effectiveness     and efficiency that help drive your business forward in  measurable and verifiable ways; and develops your capability to better manage a range of non-financial risks. 
  • As an integral part of this process, BAS will evaluate the relevance of the quality objectives against the analysis of stakeholder expectations and strategic goals of the company. We will assess the capability of the management system in controlling the defined processes. We will assess the effectiveness of the management decision making in respect to this data and, on the basis of this assessment, we will help senior management identify any changes required to support continual improvement. 
  • Providing more opportunities for improvements than just performing a compliance audit against the standards requirements.  
  • Understand the local culture and working patterns of the clients will facilitate better communication and understanding between BAS and the clients.
  • BAS possesses resources who have the knowledge and skills of multiple standards such as ISO 20000, ISO 27001, SKEA for eg., in Abu Dhabi for Business Excellence programs etc.,. This greatly helps the clients to have better inputs as the standards can be applied in an integrated way and the auditors can provide a holistic feedback. 
  • BAS has offices around the world and the auditors  have access to the knowledge from all around the global parts which will be helpful to the clients as they can have a better understanding and more practical suggestions from BAS auditors.
  • BAS location advantage within the Emirates on the following: Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Al Ain, Sharja, Ajman, Ras Al Kaimah and Fujairah (We have successfully completed many and different projects locally and also internationally).
  • BAS strongly promotes and implements the facilitations on the relevant Management System not only for the sake of certification but to really make a difference in the processes and procedures that will be implemented throughout any organization.
  • BAS consist of some project members which are also EFQM International Assessors this can add value to the assignment as Abu Dhabi government is highly recommending Organizational Excellence program across Abu Dhabi Emirate (and UAE).

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