Your Guide to ISO14001 certification: Environmental risks

It’s time for the next instalment in our new blog series; Your Guide to ISO140001 Certification. In the last post we covered a range of useful tips to identify your environmental outputs, an essential component of getting ISO14001 Environmental certification. If you haven’t read this post yet you can check it out below. Now it is time to take a look at your environmental risks and how they impact your environmental management system (EMS).

Your guide to ISO14001 Certification: Your Environmental outputs

The next thing that needs to/could occur is to consider the risk associated with each of these interactions. It can be useful here to take a safety based concept of risk when considering the risks associated with your environmental interactions and their impacts. An example of an acceptable risk could be I have an interaction with the environment because I use my car to travel between client’s locations however I am a small business with only one or a few vehicles which I operate and maintain efficiently to reduce C02 omissions this level of risk would be considered acceptable.

 

When considering what makes a risk acceptable or not is to consider the controls that can be put in place as part of the environmental management system to reduce this risk and whether or not this adds value to your system.You also need to think about what other stakeholders both internal and external to your business want to see. For example your business may pride themselves on being Co2 emission conscientious and may wish to see some further controls or changes put around the use or types of vehicles the business uses. This would add value to your management system.

READ  ISO 14001:2015 the difference between 2004 and 2015 standards.

 

It is also key to consider what your clients want to see. If your clients value how you manage an environmental output – be it air or noise pollutions, or run off into waterways, it would add value to your business and management system to place appropriate/adequate controls around that output. Legal requirements also need to be included, it is essential your business is aware of what the law requires you to do regarding environmental outputs.

 

“What do your clients say? What does the law say?”

 

Example: A client may only wish to use local suppliers to reflect a concern around the amount of energy needed to transport supplies from out of state or internationally whereas a business operating in the same industry may not see the value in only using local suppliers and therefore would not integrate this output into their environmental management system.

This also emphasis that a business’s EMS is truly unique to that business, no two would be identical as different operators and clients will have different environmental concerns and values.

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