Organizations face many different pressures, such as growing global markets, an ever increasing need to stay abreast of technology and at the same time, a widespread drive for a more efficient, cleaner world. Environmental issues have come to the forefront in recent years with greater awareness amongst legislators, insurers, financiers, shareholders, customers, employees and neighbors.
Concern for the environment has forced the international community to look at ways of reducing the impact on the environment to ensure it is protected for future generations. These have mainly taken the form of legislation and regulations. Breaches of such legislation and disregard for the environment generally are becoming costly in terms of liability, publicity and health.
Benefits of ISO 14001
Certification to ISO 14001 is an option that will ensure maximum benefits are obtained from resources available to a business. Commitment from the organization, coupled with the experience of a certification body, can realize considerable benefit including the prevention of pollution, an increase to the bottom line and a competitive advantage. ISO 14001 can be a used as a tool for ensuring compliance to the extensive environmental legislative requirements, reducing your risk of prosecution and fostering more awareness amongst employees.
QRGCERT is one of the world's leading certification bodies and is committed to ensuring that Environmental Management Systems (EMS) are within the reach of all organizations, large and small.
The assessment to ISO 14001 consists of two mandatory visits, the initial and main assessments. A preliminary assessment is available on request, which provides clients with the opportunity of a trial run prior to the assessment.
Following a successful assessment, a certificate is issued after which organizations are subject to regular surveillance visits.