An Environmental Management System is a system for ensuring that an organisation's significant impacts are controlled and minimised. ISO14001 is the de facto standard in Ireland for accreditation of Environmental Management Systems
Environmental Efficiency can help you implement an Environmental Management System in one step or in a number of stages to suit your time scale. Our service includes carrying out base line audits, identifying corrective actions, writing procedures and manuals, staff training and carrying out mock certification audits.
Where organisations have an IPPC or Waste Licence, the EPA will require an Environmental Management System with a minimum number of elements. Where this is the case, there would be little additional cost in upgrading the system to ISO 14001. Having an accredited EMS will reduce the annual fee payable to the EPA.
Where organisations tender to large customers and the public sector (especially the UK public sector) the procurement rules give preference to organisations that have an Environmental Management System. Thus a certified Environmental Management System may make the difference between getting an order or not.
For smaller organisation, achieving ISO 14001 can be quick. We have achieved this for some organisations in as little as four months. However, for larger organisations, the process may be longer. BS8555 provides a stepped approach with recognition of the steps on the way. This will allow public procurement organisations to give credit for partial implementation and thus the organisation will gain points in the tendering process.
Quality Management Systems follow the same Plan-Do-Check-Act model as EMS and Environmental Efficiency can base an EMS on your existing Quality System for ease of use.
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