Directory of Internet Sites given by International Organization of Standardization(ISO)

INTRODUCTION TO WWW .ISO14001.COM By Rishi Kumar, Ontario Hydro, Toronto, Ont., M8Z 5S4 Ashok Kumar, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH 43606

Introduction

For the past three years, the International Organization of Standardization (ISO) has been developing a series of voluntary environmental standards that are likely to have a significant impact upon companies around the world in th e years to come [1,2,3].

ISO 14000 series is a set of international voluntary standards recognized by major trading nations and trade regulating organizations such as GATT and World Trade Organization. It is not a law in the sense that no one is required to register (hence it is voluntary). However, no one has to do business with you, buy your products and services, or let your products and services into the other country if they have declared ISO 14000 registration a requirement for doing business with them or in their country. It is expected that many foreign trading partners will require registration by import manufacturers. This is a recognized legal trade barrier under international treaty. It is likely that registration will influence the enforcement stance of environmental regulators, and will likely influence insurance rates and lender practices.

The ISO 14001 standard is designed to assist organizations in implementing and maintaining an environmental management system (EMS), verifying conformance with their environmental policies and objectives and demonstrating such conformance to other organizations via certification by a third party or via self-declaration. While ISO 14001 specifies the essential elements of environmental management systems, it does not set required levels of environmental performance. On the other hand, the ISO 14001 standard is sufficiently vague to enable the standard to accommodate most business enterprises. A purpose behind the standard is cleaner production throughout the world.

The purpose of this paper is to introduce available information on the Internet. Over 1000 sites were visited to prepare this review. The information is outlined in two separate sections. The first section includes the sites which may provide required information on ISO 14001 and how to get registered and the second section sites are related to training and books on ISO14000.

ISO 14001 SITES: This section provides an overview of 36 useful sites for your work. E-mail addresses are given, if available. Web site: http://www.aetsittc.com/iso13.htm E-mail: ehornback@aetsitte.com

The site provides an update on the status of the ISO 14000/EMS implementation. The latest round of international voting is complete for the ISO 14001 environmental management system and its guidance document (ISO 14 004), and the vote almost unanimous. Along with the environmental auditing standards (ISO 14010-12), the EMS Specifications and Guidance documents have now entered the final voting stage and will probably be published as final standards by the end of 1997. The site also provides information on AETS courses related to environmental management system auditor training.

Web site: http://www.quality.org/ISO14000/index.html

This site provides detailed information on specific elements of ISO 14000 (such as, general guidelines on principles, systems and supporting techniques, auditing, etc.) and is presented in a column format. Information on interpretation of the standard's intent by section and the insight on auditing of environmental management system are outlined on this page.

Web sites: http://www.realtools.com/fast/env/main.html http://www.realtools.com/env/main.html http://www.us.tuv.com/services/iso14000.html

These sites provide an overview of ISO 14000 Environmental Management System and describe how ISO 14000 can be used as a tool to create a fully integrated environmental management system to preserve the environment in your local communities and around the world.

Web site: http://www.conformance.co.uk/env E-mail: environment@conformance.co.uk

Conformance, based in UK, provides a range of environmental consulting work, particularly in environmental management system. This web site is your guide to provide you details on, how Conformance can assist you to obtain 14001 registration, what is ISO 14001, how does ISO 14001 work, what is in it for my business, and more.

Web site: http://www.greenware.ca/software/emp.htm E-mail: greeninfo@greenware.ca

The site provides information on environmental information system, consulting and education/training. Details on variety of ISO 14000 software worksheets, such as environmental aspects and impacts, identification of legal and other requirements, objectives and targets, training program (s), emergency response procedures, monitoring of performance, etc. can be viewed on this site.

Web site: http://www.isocenter.com/

From this site you can browse through a selection of material on ISO 14000, including certification requirements, specific information on ISO standards and recommendations on how you can implement quality and environmental management systems. This web site is developed by SCS Engineers and ETI Corporation.

Web site: http://www.edutec.ch/eiso.htm

The site p rovides useful information on how a company can introduce a successful management of environmental issues, and what the "environmental management system ISO 14001" is all about. The site offers you global solutions (computer based) and it can assist you with part of a project, be it counseling, project-management, screen designing, layout, storyboarding, digitalization, programming, installation, or training.

Web site: http://www.swh.co.uk E-mail: car@swh.co.uk

The site provides information on environmental management and how small and medium-sized businesses can register for ISO 14001. The company has developed a package to cover the implementation of a combined environmental and quality management system. This is an "off the shelf" system which can be fine-tuned as required.

Web site: http://www.gasweb.org/gasweb/iso14000/intro.htm

An EMS is a part of the organization's overall management structure, which addresses the immediate and long-term impact that its products, services and operations have on the environment. Like the popular ISO 9000 quality management standards, the ISO 14001 environmental management system standard outlines a generic management system approach to an organization's operations.

Web site: http://www.bailey.ca/systems/eims.htm

This page is full of very interesting information related to ISO 14001. Information on environmental information management systems (EIMS) and emergency response, and environmental solutions and services are outlined on this web site. In order to maximize customer benefit, integration of technologies (ISO 14001 environmental regulatory requirements), with advanced application and services, such as product quality, safety, and productivity can be viewed on this site.

Web site: http://www.trst.com/iso1.htm E-mail: haklik@trst.com

The site provides details on the benefits of an Environmental Management System registration ISO 14000 and is organized into categories such as (a) increased profits, (b) regulatory compliance, (c) marketing, and (d) operations.

Web site: http://www.trst.com/iso2.htm E-mail: haklik@trst.com

The keys to success with ISO 14000 and Environmental Management System are compiled on this page.

Web site: http://www.trst.com/iso3.htm E-mail: haklik@trst.com

This web site shares the benefits of implementing ISO 14000. This page features cases, stories and examples describing actual benefits from ISO 14000, environmental programs, and environmental management systems.

Web site: http://www.csa.ca/9-t.htm

The page outlines the listing of ISO 14000 and other quality system documents/standards, price and how to obtain them. Information on certification, testing and QMI - management system registration training is also available on this site.

Web site: http://www.thurbergroup.com/audit.htm

The site provides information on how 'Thurber Environmental Consultants Ltd.' can assist you in performing environmental auditing in compliance with ISO 14001 environmental management systems requirements. Variety of professional services provided by this company in environmental and geo-technical areas are listed on this web site.

Web site: http://www.quality.co.uk/quality/ecoadvic.htm E-mail: help@quality.co.uk

This page provides an introduction to Environmental Management Systems and provides details on how your company can benefit by obtaining a registration for ISO 14001. Information on European Eco-Management & Audit scheme (EMAS), environmental auditors, and sustainable development can be obtained from this site.

Web site: http://www.lilly.com/environment/envmgt.htm

Information on environmental performance review, environmental quality system, ISO 14000 audit program & compliance, emergency response, waste minimization and recycling is provided on this web site. The information can assist you in 'how to conduct an internal evaluation of your operations in compliance with environmental regulations, permits, and your own company policies'.

Web site: http://www.smartsolutions.com/ssisso.htm

This site provides a variety of information related to ISO 14001 Environmental Management System. A list of services available to companies interested in getting certification for ISO 14001 are outlined on the web site. Information on Environmental Management Standard (EMS) groups of documents is also included on this site.

Web site: http://www.gza.net/iso14000/iso14000.htm

The page reviews the importance of ISO 14000 and emphasizes that the ISO 14000 provides elements of an effective environmental management system, while integrating other management functions, to assist organizations with achieving environmental and financial goals. ISO 14000 advisory and consulting services, environmental management system development and implementation offered by GZA, to help you to meet your environmental management needs, are also outlined on this site.

Web site: http://www.gr-tech.com/iso14000.htm

The page provides information on ISO 14000 series of standards in a way, which may enable an organization to formulate an environmental policy and objectives taking into account legislation requirements and information with significant environmental impact. The discussion that if a company establishes an environmental management system, will probably depend on its current and targeted markets and on the environmental requirements is explained on this web site.

Web site: http://qualitymag.com/0197fl.html

The page describes how a company can integrate both environmental-management-system (ISO 14000) and quality-management-system (ISO 9000) criteria into one set of procedures.

Web site: http://www.stoller.com/iso.htm E-mail: Jholst@stoller.com

This is one of the sites, which can get you all sorts of details on ISO 14000. Information such as, so what is ISO 14000 anyway, what is ISO 14000 and what can it do for you, get ready for ISO 14000, and ISO 14000 Standards overview and description, can help you to develop environmental management system for your company. Information on ISO 14000 and the next generation of environmental protection tools provided on this page can assist you to prepare for future. Series of papers related to ISO 14000 are also given on this site.

Web site: http://www.web.apc.org/ecoeco/iso14000.htm

Information on ISO 14000 Environmental Management Series and the steps to implement ISO 14001 is explained on this web site. The page also outlines the other issues related to environmental management system and the implications for management.

Web sit e: http://www.eaest.com/iso.html E-mail: info@eaest.com

The page outlines the services, which EA Engineering can provide you to obtain ISO 14001 registration. The company's unique experience gained on diverse environmental audits, compliance, and EMS projects is listed on this web site.

Web site: http://www.ercweb.com/BCDEC95.HTM

Beyond Compliance, a quarterly newsletter published by Environmental Resource Center is provided on this site. The newsletter publishes information on issues of regulatory importance related to environment management systems, waste management, and other topics. Information on "getting started on the ISO 14001 certification process" is also provided on this site.

Web site: http://www.scc.ca/iso14000/infobref.html

This site provides reasons why companies should look into registering for ISO 14001 Environmental Management System. Some of the reasons outlined on this page are reduction of liability/risk, improvements in the company's image in the area of environmental performance and compliance.

Web site: http://www.systemcorp.com/c/ http://www.interlex.com/

These two sites provide information on ISO 14000, ISO 14001 software (project management, business process improvement, best practices and management solutions) and how to obtain them. ALG System Corporation's software is produced on CD-ROM. Software on other quality systems (e.g.: QS 9000) is available on Interlex Technologies site.

Web sites: http://194.177.160.201/standards/iso/14001/q1.htm http://194.177.160.201/standards/iso/14001/q2.htm http://194.177.160.201/standards/iso/14001/q3.htm http://194.177.160.201/standards/iso/14001/q4.htm http://194.177.160.201/standards/iso/14001/summary.htm

These five sites will be interest to those who are considering implementing ISO 14001 Environmental Management System at their companies. These sites discuss in great length the so-called "five public policy questions for proponents of the ISO 14000 series.

Web site: http://home.sportsite.com/sgma/international/environment/

If you are looking for information or research on environmental issues and programs concerning the sporting goods industry, this site can provide you useful information.

SITES FOR TRAINING/BOOKS

The following 17 sites provide information pertaining to training and books.

Web site: http://www.pncl.co.uk/mmi/

Services include inspection, expediting, procurement (purchasing), technical personnel recruitment, training (Lead Assessor, Internal Auditor, and Environmental Auditor), and a unique distance learning/home study course.

Web site: http://home.inforamp.net/~qmi/courses/ems_lead.htm

The two day workshop on "IS O 14001-Environmental Management System Essentials", will give you the methods for auditing against ISO 14001 standard, and with the pre-requisites, provide you with the required skills and knowledge required for certification as an Environmental Auditor.

Web sites: http://csf.colorado.edu/lists/elan/jan97/0010.html http://www.gr-tech.com/14oc.htm http://www.xlp.com/

ProSolve Consulting is offering a n online seminar on ISO 14000. G.R.Technologies offers ISO 14000 orientation seminar. Excel Partnership home page outlines training and consulting services available for customers for ISO 9000, QS-9000 and ISO 14000 and other international standards.

Web sites: http://www.webpress.net/ttr/s013iaac.htm http://www.mgmt14k.com/training.htm http://www.qualimetric.com/prod02.HTM http://www.yankee.com/iso14001.htm These sites provide information on an "approved advanced EMS Auditors course". The courses are based on the international standards on Environmental Systems auditing (ISO 14010/14011/14012) and Environmental Management Systems standards (ISO 14001).

Web sites: http://www.omninet.co.jp/isoworld/english/ENVIRON.HTM http://www.iso14001.com/train.htm http://www.smartersolutions.com/ssiso.htm

ISO 14001 Training Course - Building an Environmental Management System gives you an understanding of how to develop and implement ISO 14001. Also, the sites encompass a variety of information relating to the environment. Web site: http://www.trst.com/iso4.htm E-mail: haklik@trst.com

There is a growing library of books on ISO 14000 and environmental management systems. This page lists presently available books with comments where possible.

Web sites: http://www.opampbooks.com/ENG http://www.env.com/gbl/ sample/brief3.htm http://www.ait.ac.th/AIT/som/as/ec/EC.html http://www.iso14000.com/issues.html These sites provide review/detail on ISO 14000 related books.

Conclusions

It is easy to get lost on the information superhighway. This paper presents 53 sites based on a review of over 1000 sites. It is hoped that the paper will save time and the registration/certific ation process for ISO 14001 will be a bit easier/simpler.

Literature Cited

1. Cascio, J., "The Increasing Importance of International Standards to the U.S. Industrial Community and the Impact of ISO 14000", EM (A&WMA), pp. 16-23, November 1996. 2. Jacobsen, J., "Accreditation Program Unveiled for ISO 14000 Registrars, Auditors", EM (A& WMA), pp. 24-25, November 1996. 3. Buonicore, A.J., "Inside the Industry: ISO 14000 Train Picks Up Steam", EM (A&WMA), pp. 32-34, November 1996.


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