The Impact of ISO 14001:2015 on the Environment and the Workplace

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Earth Day is April 22nd which is right around the corner and we are reminded how important it is to remember our corporate responsibility to the environment when we approach our daily tasks.  Every organization is different and so is its impact on the environment. Those that hold an ISO 14001:2015 certification ensures they are being good stewards of our environment.

An ISO 14001 certification ensures that there is “a framework that a company or organization can follow to set up an effective environmental management system,” per the International Standards Organization (ISO). “Using ISO 14001:2015 can provide assurance to company management and employees as well as external stakeholders that environmental impact is being measured and improved.”

A workplace can be affected by company moral, especially when it is low. Allowing employees to see and experience firsthand an organization that has processes and procedures in place to protect the environment not only boosts moral but has been shown to improve the corporate image to its customers and to the public. When employees take part in company improvements, they are more apt to engage in other aspects of the company.  In fact, when potential job candidates are given the option to work for a company that shows they care and are concerned with the environment over one that does not, the majority prefer the first.  Employees who are involved in a group effort to decrease the company’s environmental footprint will often have an increased employee focus and retention, and it is simpler and less costly to keep employees than it is to recruit and train new ones.

Organizations using ISO 14001 have found success across a range of areas, including:

  • Reduced energy and water consumption
  • A more systematic approach to legal compliance
  • Improved overall environmental performance

As we acknowledge the significance of each person and organization to participate in being good stewards of our environment, our goal is that you understand the benefits of obtaining ISO 14001 certification and remember to do your part to care for Mother Earth.

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Transition Time

The deadline for transition to ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015, AS9100:2016 and IATF 16949:2016 is fast approaching. Have you completed the transition process? If not, take a look at our blog post “The Countdown Begins” to learn how to get started before it’s too late.

Note that if your next audit is a recertification and upgrade, you will need to perform the audit at least 2 months prior to your certificate expiring to give you enough time to address any potential nonconformance issues.

 

Are You Ready for ISO 14001:2015?

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Is your organization prepared for the transition to ISO 14001:2015? simpleQuE can help – our ISO 14001:2015 Gap Analysis Checklist a useful tool to identify compliance with the differences between ISO 14001:2004 and ISO 14001:2015. This completed checklist would be a supplement to existing ISO 14001:2004 internal audits. In addition, a free half hour of phone or email consulting is included in the purchase of the checklist.

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SimpleQuE Forms Partnership With St. Petersburg College

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SimpleQuE has formed a new collaboration with St. Petersburg College (SPC).  This collaboration will allow SPC to provide online self-paced learning courses covering the ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 standards.  Continue reading “SimpleQuE Forms Partnership With St. Petersburg College”

Everything You Need to Know About ISO 9001: 2015 and ISO 14001: 2015 In One Day

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As the leading training source for ISO 9001 and ISO 14001, among other standards, we are excited to offer two great training sessions in one day. On Monday, April 13, the simpleQuE team will be onsite at Aileron in Tipp City, Ohio, to conduct ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 implementation trainings.  Our hands-on approach and qualified instructors will ensure you have everything you need to know to implement, get certified, or upgrade to the new standards. Continue reading “Everything You Need to Know About ISO 9001: 2015 and ISO 14001: 2015 In One Day”