10 Top Tips for EMS

You know I extol the virtues of Environmental Management Systems. The commercial benefits include efficiencies, cost savings and winning new business.


I have helped numerous organisations implement formal systems for managing their key environmental impacts. Some of these have also gone on to certify to the international standard ISO 14001.


There are a number of stages when implementing an ISO 14001 EMS.


Here are 10 top tips to think about:

  1. Get support and commitment from senior management to make sure your EMS isn’t at odds with business strategy.
  2. Use your existing systems (H&S, quality, performance management) to deliver environmental improvements following the Plan-Do-Check-Act process.
  3. Set up an EMS Group and appoint an Environmental Manager (could be part-time) to drive the system forward.
  4. Develop your policy, objectives and action plans, and ensure all involved understand their roles and responsibilities.
  5. Communicate with your staff to get them motivated and engaged, giving specific training where needed.
  6. Involve your customers and suppliers to cover up- and down-stream impacts.
  7. Encourage staff from across the organisation to train as internal auditors.
  8. Understand the commercial benefits of the system and share your achievements.
  9. Don’t try to do everything at once – set realistic timetables.
  10. Regularly review your ISO 14001 system to ensure continual improvement.


Let me help you put ISO 14001 into your organisation.


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