There is more detailed information below about the various stages you need to go through.
You are not expected to be experts in environmental matters. If you are in a high risk industry (such as oil & gas), or highly regulated industry (such as waste management) you will already be aware of the regulations that apply and what you must do.
For general businesses Episode consultants are experienced enough to identify your aspects and impacts with you, and we have a great online compliance tool, Libryo, that ensures you comply with legislation.
However, if between us we feel we need specialist environmental input, Episode has a partner able to work with us (they helped shape or environmental management system framework so know how to make best use of it with us if needs be).
The standard is written to help you arrive at your business strategy, if you haven’t already, and then tailor systems and processes to achieving that strategy. ISO even considered renaming ISO 9001 Business, rather than, quality, management systems. It is actually a really good business model to adopt (we have).
Done wrong, absolutely. Too many systems we see have a form or document to cover every aspect of the standard. That’s the easy way to build a system, and an equally easy way to cripple you operationally. You know when this is the case when you spend a month “updating” (i.e. creating false) records, etc. before the auditor next comes.
Done right, as we will make sure it is, the system should be at the core of how you work. Remember, we make ISO work for you, not the other way around.
It is difficult to give precise timescales, as it depends on a number of things such as how complex the business is, how close you are to complying with the standard already, and so on. We recommend planning for it taking at least 3 months.
For a fixed cost we will do as much of the work as possible, and guarantee certification.
Episode has worked with over 40 clients, many of whom have more than one standard they comply with (one has 5). All have been successfully certified and many subsequently ask us to help them maintain certification, and get more out of the system.
There are the following costs that will arise
Episode always gives a fixed fee proposal for a project, and we include guaranteed certification. A typical single standard project is about £3,900, but this does depend on the size and complexity of your business.
You will need an external company certify the system as being compliance with the standard. There are over 100 UKAS accredited bodies in the UK, and a range of prices. All UKAS accredited bodies will get you to where you need to be (i.e. issued with a UKAS accredited certificate). We will manage this process for you, and typical costs for a single standard range from £1,800 to £2,500 for a single standard, depending on size and complexity of the business.
Sometimes, but rarely, you may have to invest in things such as having machinery serviced &/or calibrated.
ISO 14001:2015, environmental management system requirements, sets out the criteria for an environmental management system and can be certified to. It maps out a framework that a company or organisation can follow to set up an effective environmental management system. It can be used by any organisation regardless of its activity or sector.
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.
ISO 14001 is suitable for organisations of all types and sizes, be they private, not-for-profit or governmental.
It requires that an organisation considers all environmental issues relevant to its operations, such as air pollution, water and sewage issues, waste management, soil contamination, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and resource use and efficiency.
There are more than 300,000 certifications to ISO 14001 in 171 countries around the world.
ISO 14001 is voluntary, with its main aim to assist companies in continually improving their environmental performance, while complying with any applicable legislation.
It was only by utilising the expert guidance and experience of ‘Episode Ltd.’ That Thurston Group was able to attain certification within an exceptionally challenging time frame. We therefore offer our thanks to Episode Ltd. For the diligent and professional services provided. We also look forward to working with them again soon and would not hesitate to recommend their services."
Peter Spieight, Senior Divisional Director, Thurston Group, Wakefield
Roger's support was invaluable in terms of gap analysis, recommendations for improvement, and facilitation of the certification process. I would strongly recommend Roger to any organisation wishing to develop or improve its management systems, in a way which minimizes bureaucracy, and focuses on best serving the needs of the organization.
Gary Evans, Flour Corporation, Abu Dhabi