If your company is already ISO 14001
certified, or if your customers are saying that you need to get ISO
14001 certified, or if your company has decided to approach ISO 14001,
then ISO 14001 is the way to go. Many people say that this system is
bureaucratic and costly. We see that the work has good payback once you
embrace the process. The focused scrutiny and clarity of vision that the
ISO 14001 process requires, leads a company to improve its performance,
operations and profits. Also, remember that ISO 14001 requires a plan,
do, study, act, repeat approach. Once certified, it requires continual
improvement. Is it time to start or improve on what you have done
before? If you make improvements, will profits increase? Note that all
development processes take a commitment of internal and external
resources. Just like when you start a preventative maintenance program,
things get worse before they get better.
The Clean Corporate Citizen process is an option that does not
necessarily call on third-party registration. This
program provides a few regulatory "carrots." It does require
that you declare to the world that you have a good
place through a public notice process. It is simple to make this
declaration after you have confidence in your own
. Also, if your company is already ISO 14001
certified, you should consider the Clean Corporate Citizen program.
If your company isn’t ready to declare to the community that they are
, another option is a Stealth EMS. This looks
like ISO 14001 or Clean Corporate Citizen, but is all internal. A
Stealth EMS is right for a company that sees the benefit to having a
does not see sufficient benefit to tell the world about it. Get
top-management commitment, develop your environmental policy, prepare
procedures, conduct regular Operation Reviews to measure improvement and
use File- Logic as a recordkeeping system.
As a very simple start for developing an
in a box—File-Logic.
Yes, File- Logic is a robust
! File- Logic is a structured method of
organizing, storing and retrieving valuable documents and information so
that you can find them when needed. Because of its low cost, it is an
excellent method to develop a bottom-up
system. We deliver a pre-packaged hanging-folder system with
instructions, ready to be dropped into your letter-size-filing cabinet.
Work this system as a continuous improvement process. Use it to develop
and prioritize environmental improvement projects. You need to get
involved! Don’t all those empty folders provide the same information
as a gap analysis? How long will it take to see that the environmental
processes are moving more smoothly than before File-Logic?
So—Where ever you are along the
continuum, Hands & Associates, Inc. is ready to assist you in
improving you performance.