ISO 14000 EMS Consulting (environmental management system) – Canada

ISO 14000 EMS Consulting for Canada

Who is ISO?

What is ISO 14000?

Who Can Use ISO 14000?

Why Implement ISO 14000 Into Your Business?

Did You Know? (stats about EMS)

What are the Benefits of ISO 14000?

Our Consulting Services to Help You Set Up ISO 14000

Internal Audits of Your EMS

Third-Party Audits of Your Suppliers’ EMS

ISO 14000 consultant for environmental management systems

Who is ISO?

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is a worldwide federation of national standards bodies and 125 member countries. They are based in Geneva, Switzerland and have published about 12,000 different standards ranging from aviation to electrical specifications. They have about 133 national standards bodies and 2,900 technical bodies (which are represented by international organizations, government and industry). In Canada, ISO is represented by the Standards Council of Canada.

What Is ISO 14000?

This Environmental Management System (EMS), is a set of internationally created and recognized guidelines that allows companies to address the environmental impact of their products, services and business practices. It also provides a system for monitoring, controlling, and improving performance regarding any regulations, legislation, and codes of practice that an organization has to comply with.

It helps define targets and objectives for meeting and exceeding mandatory and customer requirements. Its focus is on prevention and continuous improvement. It also calls for companies to establish and follow a system.

Who Can Use ISO 14000?

This standard can be implemented by any organization of any size, in any industry (including government agencies).

ISO 14000 EMS Consulting services

Why Implement ISO 14000 Into Your Business?

Standards, by their very nature, level the playing field, affording small and/or new companies the same credentials as large ones. This also gives a company in Edmonton the same credentials as its competitors in New York, Hong Kong, or Brussels.

Other reasons include:

  • keeping in step with the competition;
  • larger companies may desire, or even demand it; and
  • many international customers demand it.

A successful system is one which is customer focused, NOT internally focussed.

Did You Know? (stats about EMS)

  • That 100% of all Canadian ISO 14000 registered companies intend to maintain their registrations.
  • North America is far behind, in implementing ISO 14000, as compared to Europe and the Far East.
  • ISO 14000 is expected to be as large, if not larger than ISO 9000.
  • ISO 14000 has been used by the courts in Canada and in the U.S.A., as remedy for breaking pollution laws.
  • Canadian companies can expect that more of their foreign clients will begin to insist on ISO 14000 adherence.

What are the Benefits of ISO 14000?

  • Improved corporate image among regulators, customers, and the public.
  • Differentiates you from your competitors.
  • Levels the playing field between large and small suppliers.
  • Increased ability to show compliance to legislation.
  • Ability to bid on contracts, where ISO 14000 is a prerequisite.
  • Minimization of trade barriers.
  • Demonstrating to the public that the business is environmentally responsible.
  • Cost reductions due to increase in efficiency of resources, and decrease in waste management costs.
  • Easier to keep track of changes to environmental legislation.
  • Potential reduction in environmentally levied fines.
  • Establishment of responsibilities, procedures, policies and records.
  • Creating systems for regular evaluation and improvement of this environmental management system.
  • Provides evidence of “due diligence”, when an environmental incident occurs.
  • Reduces both corporate and employee liabilities, in particular insurance claims.
  • Improves health and safety, therefor reducing lost time and insurable risk.
  • Increases employee moral by creating a concern for the environment in which they work.
  • Identifying potential operational improvements and efficiencies, with associated financial savings.
  • Creating evidence that the community’s environmental issues of concern are being identified and controlled.
  • Reduction in off-spec materials.
  • Increased customer confidence.images8
  • Increased shareholder confidence.
  • Potentially better insurance rates.
  • Improves industry – government relations.

Our EMS Consulting Services to Help You Set Up ISO 14000

  • Establishment of an environmental Mission Statement.
  • Identification of environmental impacts and legal requirements.
  • Setting environmental objectives and targets.
  • Establishing responsibilities, procedures, policies and records, in line with your Risk Management.
  • Creating systems for regular evaluation and improvement of the environmental management system.

Internal Audits of Your EMS

ICS can provide an objective and unbiased review , to assess conformance to the regulations, and determine the level of implementation and effectiveness of the EMS requirements.

We can then identify opportunities for improvement, within the scope of the EMS system requirements. Click here to see more detailed information.

Third-Party Audits of Your Suppliers’ EMS

As part of your “due diligence”, ICS can let you know whether your suppliers are meeting their contractual agreements, no matter where they are located throughout the world. These suppliers may include contract manufacturers and/ or testing laboratories.

No matter where your suppliers are located, we can most likely provide these services at less travel expenses. This is due to our network of strategic alliances or subcontracted auditors, or we may also have other clients in the city that your supplier is located.

Why use a consultant?

Weighing the numerous pros & cons of bringing in a consultant vs. tackling it all in-house?  Please see our web pageWhy Use a Consultantas part of that critical thinking process. Based in British Columbia, but covering all of Western Canada.

 


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