Implementation of ISO 14001 at the Acushnet Rubber Company. 1997.
A properly-functioning EMS can be a cost saving system, eliminating production inefficiencies and environmental risks throughout the product life-cycle. This life-cycle approach helped give a broader perspective to the assessment of environmental aspects and impacts, providing a more comprehensive understanding of a products environmental effects and how changes to the product will alter those effects. The Acushnet Rubber team was able to consider aspects which might have otherwise gone overlooked, such as packaging and energy conservation, in relation to product standards development. This is one of the many areas in which the ISO 9000 Quality Management System augmented and facilitated the development of an effective EMS. Concentrating on production-based pollution prevention and design for the environment was the factor which helped make the ISO 14001 process a worthwhile investment rather than just another cost of doing business.File Name: Techreport 37.pdf
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