Becoming ISO 14001 compliant helps businesses reduce waste, reduce costs, and improve their marketability against competitors, but it’s not easy. Certification requires a commitment to continuous improvement and the adoption of a custom tailored Environmental Management System (EMS). ISO requires preparation of several documents and records before an EMS can be considered ISO 14001 compliant. You must create records of internal training and audits to ensure your EMS is operating efficiently and safely. Once you’ve implemented an EMS and created all mandatory documents and records required by ISO, you must hire a registered third party to certify your business in ISO 14001.
Although planning and implementing an EMS can be intimidating, many businesses have become ISO 14001 certified and reaped the benefits of an efficient EMS. A huge team and unlimited resources aren’t needed to achieve ISO 14001 certification; with careful planning and execution, a team of any size can create an EMS that runs like a well-oiled machine. In this blog, you will find a breakdown of how you can get started, and how Closed Loop Recycling (CLR) can help you achieve and maintain your ISO 14001 compliance.