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Air-Way Is Undergoing ISO 14001:2015 Certification Process

Thursday, October 20, 2016

In a previous blog post we discussed our ISO 9001:2008 Certified Hydraulic Fitting Manufacturer certification, however, our expertise does not stop there. Air-Way Global Manufacturing is in the process of achieving an International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 14001:2015 Environmental Management certification, too. What does this additional certification mean for Air-Way? Let’s discuss:

What does the ISO 14001:2015 certification entail?

This certification provides clear guidelines and values for organizations to adhere to in order to manage and measure their environmental responsibilities. The overriding purpose is for organizations to implement an environmental management system, which includes:

  • Enhancement of environmental performance,
  • Fulfillment of compliance obligations,
  • And, achievement of environmental objectives.

ISO states that the 14001:2015 certification, “Helps an organization achieve the intended outcomes of its environmental management system, which provide value for the environment, the organization itself and interested parties.”

Organizations of any size and background can apply for the ISO 14001:2015 certification, and if this recognition is obtained, it applies to all aspects of the business, including: activities, products, services, employee incentives and benefits, and much more. Overall, by obtaining this certification, organizations are proving that they can manage their processes to include sustainable and environmentally-consciousness alternatives.

When applying for the ISO 14001:2015 certification, the following criteria is considered:

  • Context of the organization
  • Leadership
  • Planning
  • Support
  • Operation
  • Performance evaluation
  • Improvement

What are the benefits of receiving an ISO 14001:2015 certification?

Our goal in working through the certification and process is to continue to elevate our capabilities as a world class hydraulic fittings manufacturer and be mindful of the environment throughout all of our processes. By receiving this certification, Air-Way Global Manufacturing will accomplish the following:

  • Improve resource efficiency
  • Reduce waste
  • Reassure customers that environmental and legal standards are being met
  • Offer a competitive advantage over competitors 
  • Establish greater sense of trust from current and potential customers

How can we integrate this certification with ISO 9001?

Individual ISO certifications complement others. By obtaining ISO 14001 certification, elements of our ISO 9001 system will also be impacted. For example, our policies, quantifiable objectives, organizational processes, resources, documentation and upper level management will now focus on sustainability and environmental-consciousness. By obtaining both certifications, Air-Way Global Manufacturing will have an additional ‘leg up’ on competitors.

In 2015, 319,324 ISO 14001 certifications were administered worldwide. This was an 8% increase from the previous year. To learn more about the benefits of ISO standards and certifications, visit: www.iso.org/iso/home.htm

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