Here are the steps you should undertake to get yourself ISO 14001 certified:
1. Learning about the ISO 14001 standard
Start by learning the clauses and requirements for the ISO 14001 standard. You would want to know the specific requirements to build your environmental management system.
2. Perform environmental review & gap analysis
Next up, you should perform an environmental review on your organisation to determine its current and potential environmental impacts. Use the results to see how your organisation fare against the various environmental standards. Concurrently, you should also perform a gap analysis to determine whether your current business model has met the requirements of the ISO 14001 standard. If not, determine the actions you should take to achieve compliance. It is recommended to start engaging an ISO consultant to execute these activities for you.
3. Planning your ISO 14001 certification project
Collaboratively with your ISO consultant, you can now start drafting out the various systems and processes required to help you satisfy both your organisational requirements and the certification requirements.
4. Training your organisation
While planning, it is recommended that you start training your employees on the various requirements of the ISO 14001 standard. Training can be done internally or sent out to external organisations that conduct ISO 14001 training courses.
5. Documenting of evidence
Throughout the whole certification process, you must store all the documents organised and secured. Our proprietary software Stendard Solution™ specialises in document storage and management, thus perfect for this situation.
6. Implementing EMS and undergoing an audit
The last stage of the certification process would be implementing the environmental management system. Then liaise with a certification body to conduct an audit on your EMS to assess its performance and compliance.