ISO stands for the International standard organization they develop and publish international standards like ISO 9001, 14001, 18001,22000, 27001, 22301, and 13485. ISO 14001 is a standard first published in 1996 later updated in 2004. Environmental Management system (EMS) is used by businesses of all types and all sizes . ISO 14001 certification is based on an EMS policy manual, the motto is for organizations to control the effect that their services, products, and activities have on the environment. An organization that need to be EMS certified is crucial because it has a policy manual and every industry must align the structure, environmental objectives and companies profit according to policy standards.
The purpose of ISO 14001 is to protect the environment, to prevent pollution, and to improve environmental performances. It describes the control over activities that have an effect on the environment. Those include the use of natural resources, handling and treatment of waste and energy consumption.
ISO 14001 standard consists of following principles :
· General requirements
· Environmental policy
· Implementation and operation
· Checking and correcting action
· Management review
Environmental policy includes rules that should follow by the management, controlling pollution and growth. This policy is to be made available to the public.
Planning to observe the environmental features associated with the industry performance, set targets and develop a plan according to the targets.
Implementation and operation:
Implementation and Operation responsibilities include training, both internal and external communications, documentation, document control, operational control and emergency responses.
Checking and correcting action:
Checking and corrective action that calculates and record achievement against the planning goals, tracking all lacking corrections and review the potency of the EMS.
Management review is necessary to monitor the system and to make appropriate changes.
Once the system is operating correctly with proper documentation and training, companies or organizations will undergo an independent ISO audit in Oman by external auditors by an ISO accredited firm to achieve ISO 14001 certification in Oman. Certification companies are more trustworthy and reliable to customers so that every organization can enhance their business and to get better results. All customers have reported in a survey like due to certification there is an increasae in sales, brand recognition, employee retention, and increase in profits.
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