Environmental Management Systems & ISO 14001

Environmental management systems

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Quality Management Systems Ltd. is a leading UK business and environmental management systems specialist offering a comprehensive range of expert environmental management services including ISO 14001 implementation, accreditation, training and auditing solutions to organisations throughout the United Kingdom and internationally.

Our highly trained process and environmental management specialists will help you develop a practical, cost effective environmental framework that will easily integrate with your daily operations to help you achieve ISO 14001 certification quickly and efficiently.

By focusing on the needs of your organisation our consultants will develop a crystal clear appreciation of what you do, how you do it, and your current environmental processes. With this knowledge they can then work with you to ensure your environmental management procedures are clearly identified, assessed, evaluated and then developed to help you minimise your impact on the environment, measure and improve your environmental performance. Our environmental frameworks are simple and easy to use, and are proven to deliver a number of significant benefits to organisations whatever the market sector or size.

If you would like to learn more about what we do and how we can help you develop world-class environmental management processes please get in touch today.

The Benefits of an Environmental Management System

Our carefully tailored environmental systems and ISO 14001 implementation and accreditation solutions can help deliver a number of important benefits to organisations including:

  • Improved Environmental Performance

    Our experts will help integrate tried and tested environmental processes in to your own operations to deliver practical, measurable environmental performance improvements.

  • Increase Efficiency & Build Profitability

    Increase efficiency, reduce waste, save money and build profitability.

  • Better Regulatory Compliance

    Ensure you meet your legal obligations on all relevant environmental rules and regulations.

  • Pollution Control

    Better pollution prevention and control.

  • Greater Opportunity

    Access to new customers and new markets.

  • Enhanced Reputation

    Enhanced reputation with an internationally recognised environmental management standard. Improve your corporate image with staff, customers, suppliers, regulators, investors and other stakeholders

  • Improved Environmental Awareness

    Better staff awareness of environmental issues and their personal environmental responsibilities.

UK & International Coverage

Our specialist environmental framework solutions are delivered by experienced consultants who combine their expertise with practical know-how across their specialist areas to deliver real environmental performance improvements to clients.

Our main offices are located in London and Manchester and these are further supported by regional teams of specially trained process management and standards implementation specialists who deliver expert advice and support solutions to meet the highest standards of performance expected by our clients.

Contact Quality Management Systems Ltd. today to learn how our expert environmental management and ISO 14001 implementation and accreditation solutions can help you achieve a clear and usable environmental framework that delivers effective and efficient environmental management processes. To speak with one of our experts call us on 0330 223 25 85 or simply use the button below to get our full contact details or submit our contact form.

What is Environmental Management?

Why should any organisation consider introducing an environmental management system or EMS? Well… one of the main reasons is that the quality and sustainability of our environment is becoming ever more important as we all continually seek to do our best to ensure it is preserved and protected for future generations.

Such environmental awareness is increasingly affecting how we as individuals, organisations and communities interact with the environment. Alongside this, many organisations around the world, both large and small are also taking their social and environmental responsibilities far more seriously as they begin to recognise the impact their activities have on the environment, especially if proper measures are not taken to keep things in check. This is where an environmental management system or EMS comes in to play.

The idea behind an EMS is to adopt a series of environmentally sympathetic processes and practices that ensure a business or organisation can minimise the impact it has on the environment and increase its operating efficiency by:

  • Minimising any harmful effects it may have on the environment.

  • Continually seeking to improve its environmental performance.

The Principles of Environmental Management

There are several key principles involved in any effective environmental management system, and these are typically built around the Plan – Do – Check – Act or PDCA cycle. This iterative approach of review, evaluation and improvement is designed to help organisations achieve their environmental goals and objectives and also identify and act upon opportunities for future improvement.

Plan – Do – Check – Act

These key principles may be applied to organisations of all types and sizes, across all industry sectors. There is however ample room for individual organisations to tailor any system they adopt to suit their own environmental objectives and their specific operational environment.

The key principles of any good environmental management system include:

  • Commitment of Senior Management

    The senior management team of the organisation needs to commit fully to reducing its environmental impact through improvements to its environmental performance and the creation of its own environmental policy.

    The environmental policy should be seen as the foundation of the environmental management system.

  • Plan Ahead

    Consider the environmental goals of the organisation and how to achieve them in the most effective way. This will also include meeting any legal and regulatory standards that must be achieved.

    Realistic objectives and targets should be agreed upon and then incorporated in to an action plan. This action plan should identify roles and responsibilities, timescales and those actions required to meet the environmental objectives and targets that have been set.

  • Follow through with each step of the action plan

    Following through with each step of the environmental action plan will help to ensure every part of the plan is delivered and nothing is left out.

    This implementation stage will include the development of practical operating procedures, establishing clear lines of communication, staff training and environmental awareness.

  • Check & Evaluate The Results

    Performing regular audits to check and evaluate an organisations environmental performance against its stated aims and objectives is very important.

    These vital stages provide accountability to ensure every step in the plan has been covered. It also provides an opportunity to ensure the actions taken have delivered the desired results.

  • Review & Make Improvements

    Once evaluation of an organisations performance is complete, any improvements to the existing environmental system can be identified and then implemented. This stage is essential to ensure continuous improvement can be achieved.

Benefiting from an Environmental Management System

If an organisation can reduce its environmental impact, it can also create opportunities to improve productivity, reduce costs, minimise waste and any harmful effects it may have on the environment… a great win-win scenario.

An effective environmental management system can deliver a number of important benefits to an organisation, its employees, wider stakeholders and the environment including:

  • Improved Environmental Performance

    Improve your organisations environmental performance and its impact on the wider environment with better processes.

  • Increase Efficiency & Build Profitability

    Increase organisational efficiency, reduce waste, save money and build profitability.

  • Improved Regulatory Compliance

    Improve your regulatory compliance processes to meet your legal obligations on all relevant environmental rules and regulations.

  • Better pollution prevention & control

    Improved environmental process to drive your pollution prevention and control control procedures.

  • Greater Opportunity

    Access to new customers and new markets.

  • New Markets

    Access new opportunities and new market sectors.

  • Enhance Your Reputation

    Enhance your organisations reputation with ISO 14001, the premier environmental management standard. Improve your corporate image with staff, customers, suppliers, regulators, investors and other stakeholders.

  • Better Environmental Awareness

    Build better environmental awareness with the implementation of an carefully tailored environmental management framework. Increase  staff awareness of environmental issues and their personal environmental responsibilities.

Compliance with all relevant environmental legislation and consideration of how an organisation impacts on its surroundings is vital no matter which industry sector is involved. An EMS can help deliver regulatory compliance more effectively, as all the steps required to achieve compliance will be identified in the system framework.

The commitment by an organisation and its people to do their best for the environment is also a very strong and positive message to send out to clients, customers and other stakeholders. Organisations that take a proactive approach to environmental issues and seek to deliver positive improvements in this area are likely to be rewarded in several ways.

Finally, an environmental management system is also ideal for organisations of all sizes to take on. They are used extensively by multinational companies and by local businesses looking to improve their environmental performance. The availability of a recognised management framework that any organisation, of any size, in any sector can use makes it easier and more accessible for everyone to get involved.

Environmental Management Systems & ISO 14001 Certification

Any organisation wishing to use a specialist framework to help them focus on their environmental responsibilities and so drive improvements to their environmental performance should consider adopting a recognised management system already used by other organisations and companies worldwide.

The first instance of such an environmental system was published in June 1992 as BS 7750. Four years later BS 7750 was followed by ISO 14001, a comprehensive environmental management system developed by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO).

ISO 14001 is based around the Plan – Do – Check – Act approach and is the now the most popular environmental management standard having been adopted by thousands of organisations around the world. The standard was updated in 2015 and ensures that strong leadership, improved performance and an in-depth approach remain essential building blocks of this environmental management system.

ISO 14001:2015 is ideal for organisations who wish to implement such a system for the first time. It is also perfect for businesses that are currently using a different system, and wish to make the move over to the world-leading EMS.

Implementing ISO 14001

Making the decision to focus on environmental improvement is a big one for any organisation, regardless of its size and structure. However, once the decision is made, it is vital to ensure that such steps receive the full support of the senior management team and the organisation from the outset, and that the initial implementation stages are taken in the most positive way possible.

This can be made significantly easier by adopting a tried and tested environmental management system such as ISO 14001. Implementing this internationally recognised standard is not simply a case of adopting a one-size-fits-all framework. Rather, it provides the opportunity to adopt a highly successful framework that can be adjusted and tweaked to suit the needs of an organisation and the environment or market place in which it operates. This holds true whether the organisation is large or small, is in its early stages or has been established for several years.

ISO 14001 offers excellent flexibility and can also be adjusted to suit the type and style of organisation and the industry sector it operates in. Furthermore, there is always the flexibility to make additional adjustments in the future if it should expand, contract, offer new services or products or change in any other way.

With a solid framework in place courtesy of ISO 14001, any organisation can ensure that changes to its environmental practices can be made at any time if required. Regular reviews along with more detailed audits of the environmental management system and how it is working will ensure only the most effective improvements are made in the future to the benefit of the organisation, employees, wider stakeholders and the environment.

The benefits of an effective, well managed environmental management system can be significant to any organisation, especially if there is real commitment to its ongoing success at all levels.

Get Expert Environmental Management Systems Support

Contact Quality Management Systems today to discuss your environmental management and ISO 14001 standards requirements. Our experts can provide practical, cost effective advice and support on all aspects of ISO 14001 implementation, accreditation support, auditing and training… all tailored to meet the needs of your organisation.

With offices in London and Manchester, supported by regional teams of specially trained process management and standards implementation specialists we can deliver simple, easy to use management frameworks that work to enhance what you do

Contact us today for more information or for your FREE, no obligation quote.

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