ISO14000 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Are the standards available now?

Portions available now are:

bulletEnvironmental Management System
bulletEnvironmental Auditing

Still being developed are portions of the standards that will address:

bulletEnvironmental Performance Evaluation bulletLife Cycle Assessment bulletEnvironmental Labeling bulletEnvironmental Aspects in Product Standards
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To whom will ISO 14000 apply?

All types and sizes of organizations in all geographical, cultural, and social conditions.  At the moment, the electronics, automotive and chemical industries are leading adopters.

Who developed the ISO 14000 standards?

International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee (TC) 207. The scope of TC 207 is standardization in the field of environmental management tools and systems. The standards apply to environmental management tools and systems; they are not product standards, nor do they specify performance or pollutant/effluent levels. Specifically excluded are:

bulletTest methods for pollutants. bulletSetting limit values regarding pollutants or effluents. bulletSetting environmental performance levels. bulletStandardization of products.

TC 207 cooperates closely with ISO TC 176 on Quality Management (developers of ISO 9000) in the field of environmental management systems and audits.

What is covered by ISO 14000?

Environmental Management System and Environmental Auditing address a wide range of issues, including:

bulletTop management commitment to continuous improvement, compliance, and pollution prevention. bulletCreating and implementing environmental policies, including setting and meeting appropriate targets. bulletIntegrating environmental considerations in operating procedures bulletTraining employees in regard to their environmental obligations. bulletConducting audits of the environmental management system.

What benefits are anticipated from ISO 14000?

Benefits are many, including:

bulletReduced noncompliance, fines; bulletIntregation of environmental issues into other management systems, bring cost savings; bulletMarket advantage by demonstrating commitment to environmental management via independent certification.. bullet

How can a company get ready for ISO 14000?

bulletReview and improve the company's current environmental management progra against the ISO14001 standard bulletGet committment from top management bulletTally current environmental expenditures, including end-of-pipe control equipment, fines, and permit fees; many of which could potentially be eliminated.

How do the ISO 14000 standards relate to the ISO 9000 standards?

Like ISO 9000, the ISO 14000 standards are management standards and not performance specifications. Like ISO 9000, ISO 14000 are voluntary standards expected to have a big influence in the marketplace.

The ISO 14000 standards take much of their approach, structure, and inspiration from the ISO 9000 standards. Just as ISO 9000 does not call for nor guarantee a quality product, ISO 14000 does not establish required performance levels nor set specific methodologies or targets.

 

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