What is ISO 14005:2010?
It is not a set of requirements, and an organization cannot become certified to ISO 14005. It is one of the ISO 14000 family of documents relating to the implementation of an Environmental Management System (EMS).
ISO 14005 provides guidance for all organizations, but particularly small- and medium-sized enterprises, (SMEs) on how to implement an EMS using a phased approach:
- Development-Determine what is right for your organization
- Implementation-Follow your plan, not a deadline.
- Maintenance-Run the system as part of your business
- Improvement-Improve your EMS for better results
ISO 14005 also includes advice on the integration and use of environmental performance evaluation techniques.
The guidelines in ISO 14005:2010 are applicable to any organization, regardless of its size, type, location or level of maturity. While ISO 14001 guidelines are consistent with the ISO 14001 environmental management system model, they do not provide interpretations of the requirements of ISO 14001.
A phased approach offers several advantages:
- Review the return on investment (ROI) of and environmental management system.
- Realize the benefits of an EMS:
- Cost savings from reduced scrap
- Public relations improvement
- Easier compliance with legal and other requirements
- Meet customer expectations
- Monitor the benefits throughout implementation, increasing the elements for more value.
- Maintain focus on critical issues for their customers or supply chain.