ISO 14001 is the Environmental Management System standard. This manual has been developed and organized to help all organizations interested in the development of an Environmental Management System (EMS) which is compatible with ISO 14001. It is designed to provide guidance on the intent of ISO 14001 EMS. EMS internal program developers should use this manual.
The purpose of ISO 14001 manual is to define and describe the environmental management system, to define authorities and responsibilities of the management personnel involved in the operation of the system, and to provide general procedures for all activities comprising the environmental management system
Look after following points before using ISO 14001 – Manual
The process begins with an Initial review not required by the standard, but essential for program development and then embraces Policy, Aspects, Objectives and Targets, etc in the order they appear in ISO 14001. Each section has the same format:
- Definition: This section describes what the sub clause of ISO really means.
- Purpose: This section describes what the sub clause of ISO hopes to achieve in the Program.
- Procedure: This section describes how you should build your program to comply with the sub clause, what things you should consider, and how you will integrate the procedures into what you already do.
- Tips: Tips are just that tips on things you should think about in reference to this section and reminders about what types of line items need to be included in the procedure and documentation.
This manual was written by experienced developers ISO 14001 programs. Take the time to read an entire section and then think before you write. It is recommended that you read an article about a day and spend some time thinking before writing the next. For some sections, such as operational control, it may take several days to produce documents and implement the practices. You can consult the manual section on the operational control every few days during this phase to remind you of what you are trying to accomplish.