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ISO 14001:2004 Environment Management Systems (EMS)

ISO 14001:2004 is an Environmental Management System developed to identify, control and manage environmental aspects of an organization.

Environmental issues include, impacts of organization activities, products and services on the environment have been well documented for many years and many organizations developed environmental management systems to their own specification, mainly aimed at legislative compliance.

ISO 14001:2004 Standard specifies the requirements of an EMS against which organizations in both private and sectors may be certified by a third independent party, such as the International Standard Organization (ISO). This Standard helps organizations take systematic approaches to monitor and evaluate its Environmental Management Practices and continually improve.
Specifically, Eco & Partner Consult assists its clientele in;

  • 1. Establishing, documenting, implementing and maintaining EMS requirements in accordance with ISO 14001:2004 standard.

  • 2. Identifying, controlling and managing environmental concerns arising from their activities.

  • 3. Ensuring that all clients’ processes are controlled by implementation of organizational EMS requirements.

  • 4. Monitoring and auditing of the environmental management systems,

  • 5. Identifying and linking the client to the accreditation bodies for certification of ISO 14001:2004.

This is anchored on the Deming Cycle (Plan - Do - Check – Act) a continuous improvement cycle common to many International standards and is commended for its ease of use and implementation.

Plan: Planning stage consists of identifying environmental and legal issues and developing a program to reduce the negative effects, whist complying with necessary the legal requirements.

Do: The doing stage requires the organization to put in place the expertise and controls to manage the most significant environmental risks.

Check: Checking requirements include monitoring of improvement, evaluation of compliance with legal and other requirements, internal audit and handling non-conformities.

Act: the organization needs to act on the data it has gathered, by reviewing the results of audits and other monitoring mechanisms. Part of this requirement is a periodic Management Review and responding to issues found.