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ISO 14001 - Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is ISO 14000?
  • What's an environmental management system (EMS)?
  • Why is it important?
  • Who enforces ISO 14001
  • What are the differences between ISO 9001 and ISO 14001
  • Can we integrate ISO 9001 with ISO 14001 system?
  • Are companies becoming registered to ISO 14001 in the same way they are for ISO 9001?
  • What types of companies are getting registered to ISO 14001?
  • Can I become a registered lead auditor/internal auditor to ISO 14001?
  • What is ISO 14000?

    ISO 14000 is a series of international standards that deal with environmental issues. Some key standards in the series are ISO 14001, which deals with environmental management systems, and ISO 14010, which covers environmental auditing.

    What's an environmental management system (EMS)?

    According to ISO 14001, it's the part of an organization's overall management system that deals with developing, implementing, achieving, reviewing, and maintaining the organization's environmental policy. It includes the organizational structure, planning activities, responsibilities, practices, procedures, processes, and resources.

    Why is it important?

    Environmental concerns are at the forefront of corporate issues today. Having a documented environmental management system helps ensure that your policies are effectively understood and implemented, and that your environmental management system is an integral part of your overall management system.

    Who enforces ISO 14001?

    Like other international standards (such as ISO 9001), ISO 14001 standards are voluntary standards adopted by consensus of the world's standards organizations. Third-party registration by an accredited agency certifies that your organization's management system meets the environmental criteria.

    What are the differences between ISO 9001 and ISO 14001?

    With ISO 14001 an organization may elect to implement its ISO 14001 system as part of an existing management system such as ISO 9001 and the standard includes a table of comparisons between ISO 14001 and ISO 9001. Both include policy, management responsibility, training, document and data control, records, corrective and preventive action, and an internal audit program.

    Can we integrate ISO 9001 QMS with ISO 14001 EMS?

    Yes. Although subtle differences do exist, it is possible to integrate ISO 14001 EMS with ISO 9001. ISO 9001:2008 standards has greatly enhanced compatibility with ISO 14001 standards.

    Are companies becoming registered to ISO 14001 in the same way they are for ISO 9001?

    Yes. Many registrars are certifying companies to ISO 14001. There are, however, different requirements for being registered to ISO 14001, including environmental aspects and impacts.

    What types of companies are getting registered to ISO 14001?

    A variety of companies are focusing their attention on ISO 14001 environmental management systems, primarily manufacturers in automotive, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and electronics, as well as utilities, printing, metalworking, and many other organisations and government agencies are showing an active interest in ISO 14001.

    Can I become a registered lead auditor/internal auditor to ISO 14001?

    Yes. Attending a five-day registered lead auditor training program will satisfy the basic training requirements for applying for registered lead auditor status.

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