Wednesday, September 13, 2006

ISO 14001

From a short talk given by Ollie Shaw of Standard Plus

Achieving ISO 14001 involves the following (year long) project
1. Initial review - current arrangements
2. Define improvement programme
3. Define controls - work instructions
4. Operate the system
5. Audit
6. Assessment

To determine the importance of environmental aspects you need to evaluate
1. The impact - land, sea, air, noisy, ugly, gas guzzler (expensive on resources)
2. Its significance - legislation, cost, interested parties

Whilst a company may measure performance in financial terms, it is important this is not presented to the ISO assessor who is interested in environmental measures. For example, saving electricity may save £X per year, it is better to describe in kW.

Andy Brazier

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