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MS ISO 14001: 2015 – Environmental Management Systems

Scopeof standards? Environmental Management Systems (EMS)
What does certify to the standard means?

An organisation has established a systematic approachto protect the environment, to prevent pollution (air, water, land, noise and nuisance), and to improve their environmental performance.  By complying with the standards helps relevant  organisations to comply with legal requirements set out by Environment Quality Act 1974 (Act 127) and the relevant regulations.  EMS also form the building block for Green Supply Chain Management (GSCM) and by complying with EMS, organisation are complementing GSCM.

Who should apply? Any organisation of any size
Standards used?

National Standards

  • MS ISO 14001:2004 – Environmental Management Systems – Requirements with guidance for use

(FIRST REVISION) (ISO 14001:2004, IDT)

International Standard

  • ISO 14001:2015 - – Environmental Management Systems – Requirements with guidance for use

*The MS ISO 14001 family of standards on Environmental Management is also available for further reference.  Please visit www.msonline.gov.my to get your standards.More ISO/IEC 14000 family standards are available in www.iso.org

Certification cycle?

Certification process and cycle

iso 14001

How to apply?

List of accredited certification body by Standards Malaysia can be accessed through the following URL

*URL may change from time to time.  Please revert to Standards Malaysia's website at www.jsm.gov.my should the URL did not work.

Benefit of certification
  1. EMS will help you to comply with legal requirements as specified in Environment Quality Act 1974 (Act 127) and the relevant regulations while providing you with the benefit of fulfilling business and social responsibility on environmental management
  2. EMS complement GSCM and complying to EMS boost the capability to implement the relevant requirements in GSCM
  3. With proper implementation of the systems, you will save more on :
    • product materials  due to  better product input processing, substitution, and recycling of by-products and waste
    • energy consumption, costs for emissions, discharges, waste handling, transport and disposal
    • relevant audits (customer, supplier etc.)
    • environmental liabilities
  4. The systems promote continual improvement, which will provide your business with the competitive edge to compete in the market place and for those who have succeeded, to become more successful and resilient
  5. The systems also look into the needs of your human resource which will also increase staff morale, competencies in environmental aspects and commitment
  6. Complying to standards provide you with the accolades for competitive edge
  7. All of the above will increase profitability
EMS made simpler

Clause 4 – EMS Requirements

  1. Establish Environmental Management Systems based on the standard, document, implement, maintain and improve
  2. Establish Environmental Policy, communicate to all staff, contractors or any other person working on behalf of the organisation and public
  3. Conduct Initial Environmental Review (IER)
  4. Plan your EMS by:
    • identifying, document, implement environmental aspects Establish procedure on identifying environmental aspects
    • identifying, document, implement legal and other requirements. Establish procedure on identifying legal and other requirements
    • establishing environmental objectives and targets and establish programmes to achieve those targets and objectives
  5. Manage implementation and operations of EMS by :
    • identifying roles, responsibilities and authorities. Document and communicate to them
    • providing adequate resources to implement the systems
    • appointing management representative
    • providing relevant training and awareness programmes
    • Establish procedure to control internal and external communication with regards to EMS and environmental aspects
    • documenting your EMS which include:
      • environmental policy, objectives and targets
      • scope of EMS
      • describe main elements of the EMS and how they interact with each other
    • establish procedure to control your EMS documents
    • providing operational control by with identifying significant environmental aspect and establish procedure to manage and control operational situation that have environmental impacts. Establish procedures to control the significant environmental aspects of the goods and services provided by your suppliers and contractors.
    • establishing procedures to identify potential emergency situations and accidents that could have an impact on the environment and procedure to respond to actual emergency situations and accidents that have an impact on the environment.  Do periodic test on the procedure
  6. Check your EMS by :
    • establishing procedures to monitor and measure the key operational characteristics that could have a significant impact on the environment
    • ensuring that environmental monitoring and measuring equipment are calibrated and verified, maintained and records are retained
    • establishing a procedure to periodically evaluate compliance with all relevant legal environmental requirements
    • establishing procedure on managing actual and potential non-conformity and the corrective and preventive actions
    • establishing record control procedure for the EMS
    • establishing internal audit procedure, conduct internal audit and report result to management
  7.  Perform management review of the suitability, adequacy, and effectiveness of your EMS by review inputs such as internal audits, feedbacks from external parties and achievements of objectives and targets.  The output of management review to include conclusion on the EMS and decisions and actions required continual improvement

**Disclaimer: The interpretation may vary in specific situation, scope and environment.  This is to be used as guideline and general overview of complying with the standard.  Guidance and assistance by trained resources is required to ensure proper interpretation and implementation of the standards.