Get ready for ISO 14000 with Environmental Mananagement System Software (PDF)
With the release of five ISO 14000 voluntary international standards for environmental management systems (EMS) in the fall of 1996, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) in Geneva, Switzerland provided the world with a common approach to environmental management. These standards are intended to increase confidence among stakeholders that organizations around the world have an effective EMS that will improve their environmental performance. The five standards, the first in the ISO 14000 series, are ISO 14001, ISO 14004, ISO 14010, ISO 14011 and ISO 14012. As described further below, these standards form the core of the series, with ISO 14001 setting out the specifications for the elements of an EMS for use in obtaining third-party certification or self-declaration and ISO 14004 providing guidance for EMS implementation with EMS principles, systems and supporting techniques. ISO 14010 and ISO 14011 address general principles for environmental auditing and audit procedures respectively, and ISO 14012 sets out qualification criteria for environmental auditors. At least twenty standards are planned for the series and will relate to areas such as environmental performance evaluation, life-cycle analysis and environmental labelling.