Last month MTD completed our annual third-party audit for ISO 14001 Certification. After four full days of facility visits, documentation review, and employee interviews, the auditor approved continuation of ISO 14001 Certification of the MTD Maintenance Facility’s Environmental and Sustainability Management System (ESMS).
Not only did MTD’s Maintenance Facility qualify to continue its ISO 14001 Certification, but Illinois Terminal was added to the list of certified facilities as well. We blogged about our decision to expand the scope of our ESMS to include Illinois Terminal back in March.
Words from the auditor to describe MTD’s environmental achievements:
The Environmental and Sustainability Management System (ESMS) developed for the Champaign Urbana Mass Transit District’s Maintenance Facility continues to effectively address the requirements of the Standard based on the results of this two day surveillance visit by a single qualified assessor. In addition, a two day change to approval visit reviewing the implementation of the ESMS at the Illinois Terminal demonstrated an effective incorporation of activities there. It is recommended that CUMTD should continue to be certified to the Standard with the inclusion of the Illinois Terminal.
The audit that occurred last month is considered to be MTD’s second surveillance audit which marks the end of our three-year certification period. Next year MTD will begin another three-year certification period. The beginning of a new certification period is an opportunity to take a step back and prove the success of our system once again.
One of the elements that the auditor observes at the annual visit is how the organization manages change. There are a few changes around the corner to which MTD will respond.
With the expansion of MTD’s Maintenance Facility there will be small changes to the scope of that facility’s ESMS. While there will not be any new activities occurring in the expanded space, additional employees will interact with the facility and therefore will need to be appropriately trained in accordance with the ESMS.
Additionally, the ISO 14001:2004 Standard is being revised. A new Standard (known as ISO 14001:2015) will take its place. The 2015 version of the Standard is expected in September 2015 at which point certified agencies will begin a transition process. Organizations that are already certified to the ISO 14001:2004 Standard, such as MTD, are granted a three-year transition period after the revision has been published to migrate their ESMS to the new edition of the standard.
MTD’s ISO 14001 Certification for the Maintenance Facility and Illinois Terminal is one of the many ways we hold ourselves accountable for the environmental impacts of our services.