ISO 14001 in Malta

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TFORK has helped many businesses in Malta get ISO 14001 certified.

iso-14001-maltaDifferent certifications in the ISO 14001 certification family, developed by the ISO Technical Committee ISO/TC 207, focus on the practical tools and strategies that should be in place for companies who wish to take responsibility of their impact on the environment. Various standards such as the ISO 14001:2015 and ISO 14006:2011 focus on the environmental systems that need to be in place to achieve this. These approaches include audits, communications, labeling, life cycle analysis, and environmental challenges such as climate change.

ISO provides a framework that an organization can follow, rather than create environmental performance requirements.

Is the ISO 14001 a requirement for businesses in Malta?

No. The ISO 14001 is a voluntary standard that organizations can certify to, regardless of size, location, sector, or industry. Integrating it with other management systems standards, most commonly ISO 9001, can assist in organizations to accomplish their goals. This certification can be used by business in Malta that wishes to set up, improve, or maintain an environmental management system to conform with its established environmental policy and requirements. The requirements of the standard can be combined into any environmental management system, the extent to which is determined by numerous factors including, but not limited to, the organization’s industry, location, and products.

The framework in this standard can be used within a plan-do-check-act (PDCA) approach for unremitting improvement.

What are the benefits of becoming ISO 14001:2015 in Malta?

Maltese companies find that using this standard has many benefits:

  • Reduce production/service costs
  • Gain competitive advantages
  • Increase business opportunities
  • Increase customer and shareholder trust
  • Have less impact on the environment
  • Manage environmental obligations with consistency
  • Become more efficient with resource
  • Produce less waste

Integrating ISO 9001 and ISO 14001

Foundations of ISO 9001 can be enhanced with corresponding components of ISO 14001. When adding the mechanisms of these 2 standards together, planning must be expanded to deal with environmental impacts, and the inspection and test systems modified to cover environmental performance. The company must meet the environmental expectations of customers and the government, and it must incorporate environmental management elements into the internal audit programs and training sessions.

Responsibilities for the combined standards might include:

  • Writing a policy declaration and quantifiable objectives
  • Providing adequate resources
  • Managing documentation for both standards in a single document
  • Appointing a member of staff as a representative and coordinators for the quality and environmental systems