Are you struggling to implement ISO 14001 environmental management systems? It can be a daunting task to face, especially as there is so much content and detail to this ISO, but that doesn’t mean it is for the larger business owner. At Synergos, we are committed to helping SMEs gain fully from all ISOs so if you need help with this particular certification, we can certainly help you out.

 

 

Bite size pieces

A newly revised guidance document helps business of all shapes and sizes to successfully implement ISO 14001, and it goes some way in answering the key issue that affects many SMEs when it comes to this ISO.

The content and detail appear so vast, that it is easy to feel swamped. The key, as the guidance document makes plain, is to break down the process into bite-sized chunks, ensuring that you reap the rewards at every point of the journey.

A far more pressing issue

The environment and our impact on it are becoming an ever-increasing urgent and pressing issue. For businesses, including SMEs, the pressures are growing. It isn’t just about reducing our impact on the environment – all businesses must now commit to using fewer resources, making steps to replace non-renewable resources with those in more abundant supply.

It is also about reducing waste, committing to increased recycling and to use less harmful materials. For any business to grow and thrive in today’s competitive marketplace, a robust environmental management plan is a must.

Improving environmental performance is easier with formal systems in place and this is where ISO 14001 comes into play. But it has to be recognised that for smaller businesses and enterprises, fewer resources and staff make a smooth journey to ISO 14001 completion more difficult and time-consuming.

A phased and flexible approach

ISO 14005 Environmental management systems – Guidelines for a flexible approach to a phased implementation is the document that lays out the details behind the recent changes that will benefit SMEs.

By opting for a phased, flexible approach, the ISO can be adapted to meet the specific needs of a smaller business. Essentially, what this approach means is that you can start to benefit from the very beginning of the implementation process. This standard has been revised to ensure that it remains up to date and continues to meet the needs of an ever-changing market.

Effectively, as the ISO subcommittee intends, this approach allows companies to measure the value of ISO 14001 to their business, important in recognising the return on the investment your business is making.

For example, you can choose to start with a project that is urgent or particularly relevant to your business, such as improving energy efficiency. When you realise the business success these projects are delivering, it provides a significant springboard to even more success.

Clearly, this phased approach is one that the standards organisation see as being successful, with the potential for all sizes of business to benefit from but specifically SMEs, and it could certainly benefit your small to medium enterprise.

How can we help you?

If you’re in need of assistance with ISO 14001 or any other aspect of ISO certification, here at Synergos we’d be delighted to help. Whether you have questions about the path to certification or are looking for advice and support to maintain an existing standard call 01484 666160 or email info@synergosconsultancy.co.uk and we’ll be happy to talk it over with you.