BS ISO 14004:2004 provides guidelines on the elements of an EMS, its implementation and the principles involved.
It also gives advice on how to effectively initiate, improve or sustain an environmental management system.
An EMS is an essential element to an organization’s ability to anticipate and meet its environmental objectives and to ensure ongoing compliance with national and/or international requirements.
Having been revised, the improved BS ISO 14004 is now expected to bring the benefits of implementing an EMS to more businesses than ever. The standard is now easier to understand and use.
This International Standard provides guidance on the establishment, implementation, maintenance and improvement of an environmental management system and its coordination with other management systems.
The guidelines in this International Standard are applicable to any organization, regardless of its size, type, location or level of maturity. The special needs of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are incorporated, and this International Standard accommodates their needs and promotes their use of an environmental management system.
While the guidelines in this International Standard are consistent with the ISO 14001 environmental management system model, they are not intended to provide interpretations of the requirements of ISO 14001.
The general purpose of this International Standard is to provide assistance to organizations that wish to implement or improve an environmental management system and thereby improve their environmental performance.
2 Normative references
3 Terms and definitions
4 Environmental management system elements
Annex A (informative) Examples of correspondence between environmental management system elements