Iso 14000 Training

Written by Shirley Parker
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ISO 14000 is a series of international standards that were developed in 1996 to manage environmental issues. Companies are required to put in place an Environmental Management System (EMS) under ISO 14001. The remaining standards in the series are for guidance only. However, if a company can show they have registered an EMS under ISO 14001, one of the benefits is that they may not be held liable for any mishaps that occur.

Various consulting firms provide on-site training in EMS standards and may offer a substantial discount if the cost is paid 30 to 60 days in advance. However, the courses themselves are not inexpensive. Topics covered may include subjects similar to the following: EMS Lead Auditor, Internal Auditor, Management Overview, Aspect Identification and Legal Requirements, and Implementation and Documentation. Course materials are provided for students and completion certificates are issued.

The key purpose of the EMS certification is for a company to be able to provide documentation that shows it is meeting international requirements through its Environmental Policy. Not only must this policy be available to the public, the activities behind it must be implemented and supportive of all of its statements. Ongoing monitoring of the impact of products manufactured, services provided, and work methods must take place. Any non-conformance must be picked up quickly by routine internal audit procedures and remedied quickly by upper management.

Why are ISO 14000 and 14001 So Important?

Of initial importance to a company are the goodwill and improved public relations generated by announcement that a company has a compliant EMS in place. Once the general public becomes aware of what this means, they will look for it in company advertising. If they do not see it, they will take their business elsewhere. In addition, ISO 14001 may soon become a requirement of contracts given to companies in the European Community and the United States, as well as other countries such as Australia and Japan. Other regulations will also interact with the ISO 14000 series in the future.

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