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1996 FIN – ISO Adds Standard for Environment

August 25
00:00 2015

May 8, 1996 FIN – The Switzerland-based International Organization for Standardization has added ISO 14000 as a new international environmental standard.
ISO has issued technical and safety standards used mostly by engineers for decades. The more recent ISO 9000 quality series is becoming a standard customers are requiring of vendors.
Some French firms are already requiring ISO 14000, and it may become a trade barrier as ISO 9000 has in some cases. Companies exporting to Europe, Japan, Canada, New Zealand and Australia will be among the first to face market pressure to meet ISO 14000.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and various state environmental agencies are considering more flexibility in meeting standards for companies with ISO 14000 certification.
William Blackburn, Baxter International environmental vice president, told Crain’s Chicago Business that if ISO 14000 compliance is included in EPA guidelines “if it in effect will bullet-proof your executives, saying that they won’t go to jail, it will have an impact.”
The ISO environmental standards won’t be ready until summer. ©1996/2015 Fastener Industry News.
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