ISO 14001 certification is on the rise, especially with the release of the ISO 14001:2015 standard. Since the new revision has a common structure with other ISO standards (ISO 9001, OHSAS 18001, ISO 45001, etc.), many organizations are finding it easy to implement due to the common elements and clause structure.
The process for certification begins with a decision by top management to implement ISO 14001. Management should be aware of the benefits of ISO 14001 and should be taking the lead in their organizations to drive this environmental standard forward.
Once a decision has been made, the organization should look for relevant ISO 14001 guidance, in the form of documentation/books, classes, webinars, and expert help/consulting (to ensure that the organization implements it correctly). This guidance is available from a variety of sources, and training and consulting can even be done remotely in some cases after an initial visit to determine ISO 14001 readiness through a gap analysis process.
Costs for implementing ISO 14001 vary depending on the maturity of the organization’s environmental management system, the amount of outside help that the organization chooses to acquire, and the size of the organization itself. ISO 14001 registration costs are based on environmental complexity and headcount, and all registrars use the same table to determine the number of person-days for registration and surveillance.