Implementing ISO 14001 for SMEs
Implementing ISO 14001 can be a costly and confusing business for a SME with constraints on time, expertise and resources. As a result, in many instances the whole job may simply be handed over to a consultancy but in this case the expertise remains firmly outside the SME. This approach misses the opportunity to really take ownership of the process and maximize the many benefits which a good, site-specific EMS can provide.
To address this we can provide the SME with a step-by-step approach to environmental management based on the BS 8555 “Acorn” standard which was specifically developed for small and medium-sized enterprises to help them take ownership of their environmental management process, and at their own rhythm. The Acorn approach breaks EMS implementation down into a series of five logical, practical phases after which the organization has a functional EMS and is ready for ISO 14001 certification. Each phase is broken down further into stages with a range of tasks for completion which correspond to the Acorn achievement criteria. A further optional sixth phase is also available offering the chance to progress to Eco Management & Audit Scheme (EMAS) registration.
By using this phased approach, organisations have more certainty over the exact requirements of the different steps that are involved. Clear milestones allow organisations to set a manageable timeframe for development and spread the cost thus providing the organization with reassurance that implementation is on track. BioLogiQ will work closely with you to make sure that you have a full understanding and can take full ownership each step of the way.
Other management systems – 9001, 18001, 50001 etc.
ISO management systems suit companies of all sizes and we can help you overcome the particular challenges – quality, energy or health and safety – that smaller companies face. Manage quality, energy or health and safety in your organisation to save money, increase profit and productivity, win more business and satisfy more customers.
Small businesses that work with us can achieve the same world-class management as larger companies. We know that you may have tighter budgets and less time but we also know how to overcome these obstacles, cut costs and save time whatever point you are starting out from. We provide packaged, customised services to overcome your specific challenges – removing the complexity of implementing the management system you require.
Work with BioLogiQ to find out how ISO-based management systems make the way you do business more efficient, productive, less wasteful and safer. You’ll discover how to introduce world-class management systems to your business, regardless of cost or time limitations. This will enable you to achieve and maintain a consistent level of quality across all your operations, improve health and safety performance, ensure legal compliance and reduce your environmental impacts – bringing more revenue, customer trust and greater commercial opportunities now and in the future.
Whether you’re starting the certification process, are scoping out your management system or just need to discuss options for your business, contact our expert team who will guide you through the process.