The Environmental Protection Act and ISO 14001 Environmental Certification
Environmental Protection Act
The Environmental Protection Act states that we all have a general environmental duty. This means that we are all responsible for the actions we take that affect the environment.
We must not carry out any activity that causes or is likely to cause environmental harm unless we take all reasonable and practical measures to prevent or minimise harm.
What is ISO 14001 Environmental certification and what does compliance mean?
Here Are The Basics
ISO 14001 Environmental certification says you have a plan to support environmental management, for the protection and prevention of pollution in balance with socio-economic needs.
This international Standard specifies requirements for an environmental management system to enable an organisation to develop and implement a policy and objectives which take into account legal requirements and information about the significant environmental aspects under their control.
This international Standard is based on the methodology know as “Plan-Do-Check-Act” (PDCA) can be applied to all processes. PDCA can be briefly described as follows:
Plan: establish the objectives and processes necessary to deliver results in accordance with the organisation’s environmental policy.
Do: implement the processes.
Check: monitor and measure processes and product against environmental policy, objectives, targets, legal and other requirements, and report the results.
Act: take actions to continually improve performance of the environmental management system.
ISO 14001:2015 Risk-based thinking
Once an organisation understands its context it can determine the risks as a basis for planning. ISO 14001:2015 provides a greater focus on integrating environmental requirements in the design process for the development, delivery, use and end-of-life treatment of products and services. Such focus extends to procurement of its products and services.
ISO 14001 Environmental compliance gives companies market credibility and access to new markets including Government tenders and export opportunities.