Intersystems attains ISO 14001 Certification
May 9, 2011
by World Grain Staff
OMAHA, NEBRASKA, U.S. — Intersystems recently announced that effective May 2 it has been honored with a certificate of conformance with ISO 14001:2004. This comes after more than a year of preparation and work by the entire company in implementing an environmental management system.
Intersystems said it is committed to be an environmentally responsible organization through continual improvements in the company’s operations, products and services. The environmental management system at Intersystems was developed to limit the company’s impact on the environment. The system provides a procedure and guidelines to identify the environmental aspects of Intersystems’ activities and products. Through a process of continual improvement, the company will ensure compliance with applicable environmental legislation, regulations and requirements and the prevention of pollution.
When Intersystems was planning the 2009 move into a new facility, an integral part of the building process was recognizing the company’s responsibility to the environment. The facility was equipped with motion activated lighting, HVAC and lighting with programmable controls and a more environmentally friendly paint to be used in the new paint booth. Procedures and necessary tools have been implemented and made available for recycling materials that the company uses; from paper and electronics in the office to wooden pallets and metal in the shop. The environmental management system allows for the disposal of steel particles and metal dust and for the conservation of water and natural gas, among several other initiatives.
Intersystems’ association with ISO began years ago when the company was certified in compliance with ISO 9001, a quality management system. The implementation of that system has proven successful through increased productivity and operational efficiency. An organization that is highly regarded worldwide, the International Organization for Standardization (“ISO”) is the world’s largest developer and publisher of international standards. Since 1947, ISO has enabled a consensus to be reached on requirements for business and the needs of society. The standards set by the organization cover several different sectors, the 14000 series focusing on environmental management.