Guide for Implementing ISO 14001:2015

“ISO 14001:2015 – Environmental management systems – A practical guide for SMEs” has been released. This handbook aims to help small businesses understand the requirements of an environmental management system and to help them successfully implement ISO 14001:2015.

Implementing an environmental management system at a small business can be a challenge since technical resources, financial resources, and staff time are limited. The handbook shares expert advice, tools, templates, and lessons learned on the implementation process.

According to a description of the handbook, the ISO 14001:2015 standard provides the “what” and the handbook provides the “how”. ISO 14001 is a set of environmental management requirements. The handbook provides practical help, examples, and guidance on how to meet those requirements.

The benefits of implementing an EMS include improved control and management of emissions, effluents, and wastes, avoidance and safe handling of hazardous or potentially polluting materials, reduction in generated wastes, energy efficiency improvements, and cost savings.

“ISO 14001:2015 – Environmental management systems – A practical guide for SMEs” can be ordered at this ISO web page for about $60.00. The handbook can also be ordered at this ANSI web page for $68.00 (non-member) or $54.40 (member).