Agree key EMS staff with client. Agree EMS Implementation Plan and timescales. Implementation, to a stage where certification can be sought, can take between 6 to 12 months depending on the existing management systems in place and the degree of management commitment and resources available.
The Initial Environmental Review is a scoping study to assess the broad state of play of the business with respect to environmental issues (past, present and projected) and environmental management. This takes place through a combination of an initial comprehensive questionnaire and interviews with key personnel. It establishes the baseline position from which to develop and put in place the Environmental Management System (EMS). There are four main areas:
The GAP analysis quantifies the work to be done to achieve an ISO 14001 compliant management system.
Putting in place procedures and support mechanisms to achieve the environmental objectives and targets and result in a continual improvement in environmental management
Generally either six-monthly or annually.
Client decides whether to go for external certification of the EMS. This can be arranged through your consultant who can contact a number of appropriately accredited certification bodies. The assessor will normally perform two audits, an initial assessment, which will identify any remedial actions needed to gain ISO 14001 certification, followed by a main assessment at an agreed later date. Once registration is awarded the certification body will undertake periodic review visits, generally six months after registration and then annually. Certificates of registration are renewed every three years. Fees for certification are payable to the certification body and depend on the size of the organisation.