When we hear about environmental disasters, we tend to think they only happen to big companies and, more than likely, organisations in the mining or oil industries. But that’s rather naive.

They can actually happen to any business. And, to be clear, there doesn’t have to be a disaster for an organisation to impact on the environment.

Everything we do, every day, has some sort of impact on the environment, from turning on lights, running appliances, driving our cars, heating and cooling our homes and offices, preparing food, building – everything!

So it’s impossible to totally stop having an impact on the environment – but it is very possible to manage and reduce that impact. And that’s why so many businesses are sending employees on environmental awareness training courses, and seeking certification for Environmental Standard ISO 14001.

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EMS lead auditor training

With an EMS system and Standard in place, it is crucial that organisations continue to monitor and assess everything they do, identify any problems, and fix them. That’s where EMS lead auditor training comes in.

Both the staff member/s undergoing the training, and the organisation, will greatly benefit, as they grow their understanding of environmental management, and use that knowledge to drive the business.

That’s why ISO Standards are so great and so versatile. With the right professional training crew, the business has all the tools in place to meet its legal and ethical requirement; reduce costs; boost productivity; engage staff, and keep its customers satisfied.

While most staff are eligible for internal auditing courses, there are certain skills required for those seeking EMS lead auditor training. The best way to find out more about this, is to talk to a trainer management system consultant.

Training in Brisbane

Once training is completed, somebody who has undergone EMS lead auditor training will be able to audit his or her organisation against the requirements of ISO 14001.

A training crew such as SC Training Centre in Brisbane, run the course over five days, providing all the skills and qualifications needed to competently conduct third party assessments of EMS systems.

Many different areas are covered, including auditor techniques; sampling; history of management systems; communication skills; the responsibilities of an auditor; the legal and ethical aspects of auditing, and more.

While environmentally-friendly organisations used to be the minority, it’s now increasingly important for companies to ‘think green’ in they want to attract and keep customers.

Consumers are becoming much more focussed on the environment and will often pay more for eco-friendly products and services.

Proof of certification

Remember, these days we read labels! We check websites for proof of certification and judge organisations on their environmental credentials. And why not? When we spend our hard-earned cash, we consumers want to know that we are getting not only the best product or service for the price, but that it’s fit for purpose and kind on the environment.

We no longer turn a blind eye to clothes produced in sweat shops in India, or products that don’t acknowledge and fairly pay the producer. And if we don’t like it, we vote with our feet or, increasingly, with the growth of online shopping, our finger.

Something that has changed is the move from ‘reactive’ environmental care to ‘proactive’ environmental awareness training courses.

It’s no longer about fixing things when they go wrong – it’s about preventing them from happening in the first place.

Legal consequences

If an organisation does have an environmental disaster, the publicity and media coverage that follows, and the legal consequences, will be dire. But imagine if it then came out that the organisation was aware of the problem beforehand but did nothing about it. That would most likely be the end of that business.

Environmental Standard ISO 14001 is largely about prevention, and being proactive, especially since the launch of its recent update. ISO 14001:2015 now incorporates all environmental challenges, including water, air, soil, climate, waste and ecosystems, and aims to make makes environmental good practice part of the day-to-day running of the business, more fully involving senior management.

An environmental awareness training course will explain why these changes are needed, how to implement them, and what can be gained.

Environmental awareness

Incredibly, ISO 14001 is not mandatory, but that hasn’t stopped 300,000-plus organisations worldwide from achieving certification.

Is that enough? I’d say not. Wouldn’t it be great to see every organisation undergo environmental awareness training courses and achieve Environmental Standard ISO 14001 certification?

Wouldn’t it be great for your business to achieve that certification and be able to promote that fact on your website and on your eco-friendly packaging, telling the world that you’re one of the good guys!

Suddenly, a whole new world of business opens up, with new customers wanting to buy your products, and major companies and government departments happy for you to become a supplier.

And as your costs go down, and your profits go up, you’ll be very pleased indeed that you made that first call to a training crew about Environmental Standard ISO 14001.