What is the QG Environmental Management Standard?
QG Business Solutions Ltd offer organisations large and small, the opportunity to obtain external recognition of their environmental Management Systems prior to them gaining an ISO 14001 accreditation. The standard is recognised as an ‘ externally accredited environmental Management System, as a great number of organisations ask for in their PQQ’s and Tender documentation. The QG–EMS sits somewhere between no formal environmental system and ISO 14001 and is there to ensure that a practical system is in place, fit for purpose, and not over engineered if you are a low risk, low impact business. It also creates a stepping stone if you so wish to progress to a full UKAS ISO 14001 accreditation, where our consultants are there ready to help you on your way.
How does this help when ‘working towards ISO 14001?
The QG Standard has been written using the principles of ISO 14001 and gives formal recognition to businesses who have implemented an environmental Management System but have not yet obtained enough evidence to meet the full ISO 14001 Environmental Management Standard. Some businesses currently use a consultants’ letter as evidence of ‘working towards ISO 14000’, this standard gives external recognition to this process.
Why does this work for SME’s?
The QG standards were first developed in 1994 by Cumbria Enterprise Agency to assist SME’s achieve BS5750, 80% of BS5750 for 20% of the cost. In recent years that same policy of assisting SMEs has grown to include the ISO 14000 so that large businesses can attract local SME’s break into their supply chain and thus meeting local political and economic targets. This standard works for SME’s because it is specifically designed for SME’s at the same time as meeting larger businesses need for the conformance with an ‘externally accredited Environmental Management Standard’.
Why implement an Environmental Management System?
Large organisations in the public and private sector ask in their tender documents ‘have you an externally accredited environmental management system’ Organisations expect these to follow the principles of ISO 14001 therefore we have designed a standard that sits somewhere between nothing and ISO 14001 depending on your circumstances and risk profile.
What happens when I grow?
Some businesses keep to the QG Environmental Management Standard and never go for accreditation to the ISO 14001 standard. However, if you decide you need to progress and achieve the ISO 14001 standard we are with you all the way. Our associates are qualified to assist you in achieving the appropriate standard.
How long will it take to achieve the QG standard?
This depends on what you already have in place. Unique to the QG standards is that we look at how you operate the business and document it. Providing what you do meets all ten areas of the QG Environmental Management Standard then you meet the standard. If you don’t then we will tell you what’s required, you implement it for a period of time and then achieve the standard.
How do I know what to put in my Environmental Policy?
At the present time many contractors are just looking for you to provide an environmental policy, how long this will last is anybody’s guess. What QG is able to offer is for an external environmental specialist to work with you not only to develop a fit for purpose Environmental Policy but to encapsulate it into an accredited Quality Management System which conforms to the QG Environmental Management Standard. You could of course google ‘Environmental Management Policy’ and copy another companies, but will this actually work for you if something goes wrong?