SPMP have started the process to become ISO 14001 compliant to ensure best practice throughout the facility.
The core elements of the ISO 14001 system are:
ISO 14001 encourages the integrated management of input (e.g., resources, raw materials), production processes, and outputs (e.g., final product, wastes) and similar systems can be viewed within a whole industrial estate. Given the wide scope and flexibility of the standard, it is conformance and not performance based. ISO 14001 does not have any limit values for pollutants and effluents and does not set environmental performance levels. Hence it will not interfere with any Omani national environmental legislation or impose external values on incompatible systems. ISO 14001 can control costs of environmental services and can be used to both satisfy current investors and as a powerful economic to attract new, foreign investment.
The 17 requirements that underpin the standard are illustrated below. ISO 14001 is useful to implement the CEMS concept as it has clear specification or guidelines that can be compared and contrasted & the ISO 14001 scope is flexible and covers a range of activities in terms of products and services so can be adapted for larger systems.
The 17 requirements of ISO 14001: