CLEAN recently received recertification for their Environmental Program (ISO 14001). CLEAN was awarded the certificate renewal for demonstrating controls on their various environmental aspects and for their effort to be environmentally conscious in their day-to-day business aspects. The ISO 14001 program has been the foundation for CLEAN’s Going Green initiative.
What Is The ISO 14001 Environmental Program?
ISO stands for International Organization for Standardization, which promotes the voluntary standardization of environmental policies. ISO 14000 (and 14001) are a series of voluntary standards in the environmental field. The international standards are crafted by individual countries and proposed to all other members. Various groups are permitted to test the standards before they are considered to be in effect.
How Does CLEAN Meet The ISO Standards?
CLEAN has proven to comply with the standards set forth by the ISO, which are listed in detail below:
The ISO 14001 standard requires that a community or organization put in place and implement a series of practices and procedures that, when taken together, result in an environmental management system. ISO 14001 is not a technical standard and as such does not in any way replace technical requirements embodied in statutes or regulations. It also does not set prescribed standards of performance for organizations. The major requirements of an EMS under ISO 14001 include:
A policy statement which includes commitments to prevention of pollution, continual improvement of the EMS leading to improvements in overall environmental performance, and compliance with all applicable statutory and regulatory requirements.
- Identification of all aspects of the community organization’s activities, products, and services that could have a significant impact on the enviromment, including those that are not regulated
- Setting peformance objectives and targets for the management system which link back to the three comitments established in the community or organization’s policy (i.e. prevention of pollution, continual impovement, and compliance)
- Implementing the EMS to meet these objectives. This includes activities like training of employees, establishing work instructions and practices, and establishing the actual metrics by which the objectives and targets will be measured.
- Establishing a program to periodically audit the operation of the EMS
- Checking and taking corrective and preventive actions when deviations from the EMS occur, including periodically evaluating the organization’s compliance with applicable regulatory requirements.
- Undertaking periodic reviews of the EMS by top management to ensure its continuing performance and making adjustements to it, as necessary.
CLEAN Going Green
The goal of CLEAN is to utilize green practices such as fuel efficient vehicles, low energy lights, efficient routing, on-demand printing, electronic invoicing, and other efforts to reduce our environmental impact.