ISO 14001 guidance handbook: Environmental management systems — A practical guide for SMEs

This document guides the user through the establishment of an environmental management system (EMS), in accordance with the requirements specified in ISO 14001:2015, Environmental management systems — Requirements with guidance for use.

This document is aimed at small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), both in developed, transitioning economy and developing countries, but can be used by an organization of any size. It provides an overview of the ISO 14001:2015 requirements and promotes the guidance offered in ISO 14004:2016, Environmental management systems — General guidelines on implementation. It seeks to provide practical help that assists organizations in establishing an EMS that can address its particular needs.

You will find twelve sections, seven of which cover a particular stage in the EMS implementation process. Each of these sections provides an explanation of the relevant requirement(s), as well as guidance on how to get started, helpful implementation techniques, examples and a self-assessment checklist to verify conformance. Other sections provide useful information on the environmental management system model, guidance on integrating management systems, conformity assessment options and additional reference materials. A fictional case study is also included. The information included should not be misconstrued as modifying or adding to the ISO 14001 requirements.