Weekly Intake: A Water Intake Systems Blog

What is ISO 14001 Certification?

By Michael Stock

The Importance of Environmental Management for Your Industry & Water Intake Systems

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Sustainability. This term is becoming more and more important in today's marketplace. Many businesses (Evoqua included) are placing more of an emphasis on reducing their environmental impact by using fewer resources, reducing waste and streamlining processes.

Another way that businesses are showing their commitment to sustainability and environmental protection is to become ISO 14001 certified.

 

What is ISO 14001 certification?

ISO stands for International Organization for Standardization an organization that maintains quality management standards "to help organizations ensure that they meet the needs of customers and other stakeholders while meeting statutory and regulatory requirements related to a product."

One branch of ISO standards is ISO 14000. These standards and guidelines to help organizations with environmental management efforts. ISO 14001 standards fall under the ISO 14001 umbrella.

ISO 14001 outlines the requirements of an environmental management system (EMS). So what exactly is an environmental management system? An EMS is a systematic plan meant to help an organization deal with regulatory demands and improve health and safety practices.

ISO 14001 standards are based on a Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle

  • Plan - identify environmental aspects of the organization that will be included in the EMS
  • Do - implementation of the ISO 14001 standards within an organization
  • Check - evaluate if agreed upon targets are being met
  • Act - management reviews the EMS to see if it is working and suggests any changes that need to be made

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ISO and water intake systems

As a part of developing an EMS, an organization must consider all environmental issues that are relevant to their operations, such as :

  • waste management
  • resource use
  • impacts on wildlife
  • water and sewage issues

This is where water intake systems and traveling water screens (particularly if those screens are equipped with fish protection) come into play. As water intake equipment can help organizations deal with all of the issues listed above.

 

ISO and Evoqua

At Evoqua we are committed not only to transforming the world's water, but to being a sustainable business. We are proud to say that our manufacturing plant is ISO 14001 certified; to ensure that while we are providing our customers with quality products, we are also doing our part to help the environment.

 

Want to learn more about the efforts we are taking to become a more sustainable business? Check out our 2015 Sustainability Summary.

READ THE FULL 2015 SUSTAINABILITY SUMMARY

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