3 Steps to Achieving ISO 50001

July 10, 2012 by  Filed under: Management 

ISO 50001 is the newest standard published by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO). It is the internationally recognised standard for energy management, helping organisations worldwide to streamline their energy management processes. Up until recently in the UK, BS EN 16001 was the accepted standard for energy management however this will be replaced this year (2012) by the new ISO standard.

ISO 50001, in the same way as the other ISO standards, is very easy to implement due to its three step approach which we will look at in this article.

The first step to achieving ISO 50001 success is to be assessed by an ISO certifying body. They will want to come and meet with you and whoever manages your current energy processes. It is important to understand that this is not a test and you will not be judged on any of your current processes. The reason for the assessment is so that the consultant can work the required energy management processes into your current procedures. With this approach, minimal disruption to your company is caused.

This stage usually takes between 1 and 3 days depending on the size of your organisation – larger companies have more processes. At the end of the assessment, your consultant will highlight areas where you are currently meeting the required standards, and areas that need work.

The next stage is to implement changes to the areas that need work. Most certification bodies will recommend around 45 days to make these changes although you can request more time. Many companies will like to delegate a process lead for this task so that nothing slips through the net and any negative repercussions of the new processes can be identified early, although this is unlikely to occur.

Finally, your ISO consultant will come to your offices one more time. They will want to see evidence that you have implemented the correct processes to achieve ISO 50001. Once this has been established, you will be presented with your certification and also a company handbook that can be used to refer to and train new members of staff.

And that’s it. Three steps to achieving ISO 50001 for energy management systems. You will be required to have a yearly audit of your energy management processes in order to keep the certificate but this does not take long. It is only in very extreme cases where a company no longer wants to keep the standard or is not conforming with the correct processes that a certificate could be lost.

Interested in finding out more about ISO 50001? Head to iso50001.wordpress.com/ for articles, information and news on the international energy management standard.

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