ISO 14001 FAQs
The ISO 14001 standard specifies requirements for an Environmental Management System. It helps an organization develop and implement an environmental policy and objectives to control impacts of their activities on the environment, and abide by legal and other requirements.
There is an ever increasing concern about the environmental sustainability and need to protect the environment. Governments all over the world are bringing in stringent legislation and interested parties are demanding actions from industries for sustainable development. It is in your own business interest to be a responsible corporate citizen by achieving and demonstrating a sound environmental policy.
ISO 14001 can be applied to any type of business, organization, or industry; service or manufacturing sector; for profit or non-profit operations; and irrespective of their size. A wide range of industries, including Agriculture, Forestry & Mining, Petrochemicals & Plastics, Food, Tobacco, Textiles & Wood products, Electronics & Instruments, Manufacturing, Metals & Machinery, etc. have taken an active role in implementing this standard.
The Oil and Gas industry has one of the biggest risks of negative environmental impacts on the environment. Oil leak disasters have happened in the past that brought this industry under severe scrutiny. It is imperative to guard against such disasters in the future.
Yes, many organizations have already implemented Integrated Management Systems, combining quality, environmental, and occupational health and safety. Though the focus area for each of the standards (ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and OHSAS 18001) differ, all of these standards are designed to make integration possible. These standards share many common management system concepts, principles, and requirements such as management review, document control, and corrective and preventive action.