The ISO 14000 series of standards represent one of the most comprehensive environmental initiatives ever undertaken. These standards comprise a set of requirements that organizations can use to ensure responsible and proactive management of their environmental performance.
WHY SHOULD YOU IMPLEMENT ISO 14001?
While many organizations today practice some form of environmental management, very few use a systematic approach based on continual improvement and prevention of pollution. ISO 14001, the environmental management systems standard, describes a set of systems that provide this type of strategic focus. Firms that implement this standard can also obtain worldwide recognition for their dedication to environmental excellence by obtaining third-party certification and being listed on an internationally published registry of certified firms.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KNOW?
There is growing interest in the ISO 14000 series of standards and what they mean for the future of environmental management. Firms need to be aware of what the standards involve and where their organizations stand with respect to the ISO 14001 requirements. Only by having accurate information can managers make informed decisions regarding implementing ISO 14001 and defining the future path of environmental management for their organizations.
WHAT IS A GAPS ANALYSIS?
A gaps analysis is a comprehensive assessment of an organization’s current environmental management methods, techniques, and systems to determine their conformance to ISO 14001 requirements. The results of the gaps analysis show whether or not a firm has systems that meet the ISO 14001 standard, and to what degree these systems are implemented throughout the organization. Additionally, the gaps analysis provides a “roadmap” for estimating the resources that will be required to implement an ISO 14001 environmental management program.
WHY SHOULD YOUR ORGANIZATION PERFORM A GAPS ANALYSIS?
If you are interested in finding out more about the ISO 14001 standard, or are considering implementation or certification, a gaps analysis can provide accurate and timely information. A gaps analysis provides management with a clear understanding of the ISO 14001 requirements, and how their organizations are meeting these requirements. This information is crucial in deciding whether to implement the standards or to obtain third-party certification. The roadmap also provides an estimate of financial and other resources needed to implement the standard, should management decide that this is an appropriate course of action.
WHO PERFORMS GAPS ANALYSES?
QUEST Management International, LLC (QUEST) is a consulting organization dedicated to managing risk for environmental excellence. QUEST has performed numerous ISO 14001 gaps analyses using its proprietary assessment tools. QUEST Principals Robert Woellner and John Voorhees have more than 30 years of experience in the development and assessment of environmental management systems using international standards.
BENEFITS OF A GAPS ANALYSIS
l You will learn all of the requirements of the ISO 14001 environmental management
l You can determine your organization’s level of conformance to the standard.
l You will ascertain the financial and other resources required to develop and implement
l You can clearly identify and prioritize areas of environmental concern.
l You can plan for certification or self-declaration as a part of your strategic
HOW IS A GAPS ANALYSIS PERFORMED?
The average time to complete a gaps analysis is two weeks from the initial gathering of documents until QUEST issues the final report. Your organization should provide QUEST with copies of your current environmental policies, manuals, procedures, permits, and related information such as notices of violation, compliance assessments, or special technical reports. QUEST reviews this information and performs interviews with your responsible personnel to verify and complete the analysis. QUEST then produces a final report delineating your organization’s conformance to the line-by-line requirements of ISO 14001, as well as an estimate of the resources required to implement your management systems that will conform to these requirements.
WHOM SHOULD YOU CONTACT FOR MORE INFORMATION?
For more information about ISO 14001 gaps analyses, contact Robert Woellner at QUEST (303) 935-1573.