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Monday, January 20, 2014

Ebsco Springs in the process of ISO 14001 Certified

As you may or may not know Ebsco Springs is currently in the process of getting its ISO 14001 Certification.  We will keep you updated on this progress in the near future.

In the meantime keep reading and get the full details about ISO 14001.

Everywhere you turn today, there is talk about “going green” and saving the natural resources on Earth.

While it is all good and well for individuals to do this, it is even more important for businesses to practice going green as well. You may see it at the grocery store as they ask you to bring reusable cloth bags or at the automotive store where they are offering to take the used oil when you change your own oil.

However, there is more that can be done. It is important for businesses to use products from manufacturers that also put the going green practice to work as well. From that avenue, we now have ISO 14001 standards. ISO, which stands for International Organization for Standardization with headquarters located in Geneva, Switzerland and they have developed and implemented international standards of certain products and management issues regarding the environment.

ISO 14000 is a series of standards set by this development and when followed by companies voluntary,
will put every business on the same page of going green. Under ISO 14001 within the ISO 14000 series, there is the Environmental Management System, called EMS that lists standards such as auditing, performance evaluation, labeling and life-cycle assessment for environmental standards.

ISO 14001 gives exact instructions on implementing an EMS that is now recognized and used the world over. Within the ISO management systems, there are two primary aspects:

1. Continued improvement is a company goal

2. A plan, do, check, act methodology is in place to achieve number 1 listed above

ISO 14001 explains the methodology specifically so that a company can establish their environmental goals by creating objectives and targets the measuring them and then follow through with those plans. This is all achieved by individuals within a company being assigned actions to check on the process and they are then assessed to see how well they are following these guidelines that have been set.

When a company is ISO 14001, they are also saving money with many of the processes being refined with the ISO 14001 steps that have been implemented.

Most important, when a company has been certified as ISO 14001, it shows they are not only making a contribution to help the environment, but it shows their clients that they are concerned with the environment and are taking action.

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