ISO 14001 – What is an EMS?

Posted on 10 Mar 2021

EMS” is the abbreviation used for Environmental Management Systems and according to the ISO 14001:2015 standard, an EMS is defined as, “Part of an organisation’s management system used to develop and implement its environmental policy and manage its environmental impacts.”

 

An EMS is the framework upon which your organisation can achieve its environmental goals. The EMS is required undergo consistent review and evaluation that will assist in identifying opportunities for improvement and providing the groundwork for implementing the environmental performance of the organisation.

 

Having an EMS helps you as an organisation identify your compliance obligations to shareholders, stakeholders, and Government in a systematic and cost-effective manner. This proactive approach assists in reducing the risk of non-compliance and improves on the health and safety of your employees, the public and the environment.

 

An ISO 14001 EMS is suitable for all types and sizes of organisations and requires that companies look for ways to continually improve on their systems in ways that can be beneficial in making their companies more competitive in today’s market as well as reducing costs and wastages. An EMS also creates a more systematic approach to legal compliance and overall environmental performance and can provide a basis for stronger operational control and employee involvement in these controls.

 

Environmental Assurance has a dedicated ISO 14001 Environmental Management System division that has employees dedicated to ensuring they assist your company build the ISO EMS tailormade to your organisational needs and requirements, assist in identification of areas for improvement and take you from implementation of your EMS to certification. Why not give us a call today and find out how we can assist you with your ISO 14001 needs.