Follow these five air pollution rules to ensure your company achieves its ISO 14001 accreditation

Ashley Churchyard, Fsp Business, 25 Nov. 2014

Tags: iso 14001, iso 14001 and air pollution, air pollution controls, industrial air pollution

ISO 14001 requires you to do an assessment of your company’s environmental impact, such as air pollution, and determine what effect that impact has. For example, you have to see what harm air pollution will cause to the people and animals living near your company.

According to, most ISO 14001 audits show 50% of companies, or more, aren’t as familiar with their air pollution control equipment as they should be.

As a result, can’t prove their equipment actually reduces air pollution.

This is a specification of the ISO 14001 system. If you can’t manage your company’s impact on air pollution, you won’t receive ISO 14001 accreditation.

So what must you do to manage your company’s air pollution measures to comply with ISO 14001’s requirements?

Read on to find out…

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Here’s what ISO 14001 has to say about air pollution control measures says you must assess your air emissions’ sources, composition, quantity, abatement systems, emission points and the affected environment, to see what impact it has.
According to, there are two different kinds of sources of air pollution. They are:
Natural sources of pollution that come from natural phenomena. For example, volcanic eruptions, forest fires, biological decay, pollen grains, marshes, radioactive materials.
Artificial sources are ones man causes. For example, thermal power plants, vehicular emissions, fossil fuel burning, agricultural activities etc. 
So if your work involves a lot of digging that spreads dust into the air, your air pollution comes from a natural source. If you run a factory that releases emissions, your air pollution comes from an artificial one. 
Once you determine the cause, you must take steps to implement air pollution controls.
Here’s what you can do to reduce your air pollution levels to an acceptable rate and achieve ISO 14001 certification.

Use these five air pollution controls to reduce your company’s air pollution levels

1. Restrict your air pollution levels to the permissible levels for your industry. You can find these levels in the National Environmental Management: Air Quality Act 39 of 2004.
2. Incorporate air pollution control equipment in the design of your plant’s layout. This is mandatory.This equipment works to clean and purify the emissions that come from your machinery and equipment before it exits your plant.
3. Continuously monitor the atmosphere for pollutants to determine emission levels to assess changes.
4. Change the fuel or materials your company uses for ones that release fewer harmful emissions. 
5. Use combustion specialisation (specific settings in your combustion chambers) to change the amount of emission that comes from burning fuels and materials.
It’s best to stay informed about the kinds of air pollution control measures you must implement. As I mentioned, knowing how your control measures work to reduce your company’s environmental impact will help you when it comes to passing your ISO 14001 audit.
So implement these air pollution control measures in your company today and take the right steps to become ISO 14001 certified. 




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