Certification Support Tool includes ISO 14000 EMS content.

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Web-based, scalable equationASP platform completes ISO 14000 certification in as few as 6 months, and can also perform dual ISO 9000/ISO 14000 certification. It allows direct knowledge sharing between facilities, and provides ISO 14000 support and training with no information technology (IT) installation or maintenance required. Features include step-by-step implementation, overview guidance, task instructions; and various templates.

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Prism eSolutions Adds ISO 14000 EMS Content to equationASP

Web-based platform now offers companies complete ISO certification support

Includes content for ISO 14000 EMS, ISO 9000 QMS, and ISO 9000:2000 upgrade.

BLUE BELL, Pa. (March 5, 2002) -- equationASP, Prism eSolutions' Web-based platform that reduces ISO 9000 Quality Management System (QMS) implementation time and costs by half, now offers new content for ISO 14000 Environmental Management System (EMS) certification.

ISO 14000 EMS certification is becoming an increasingly important requirement in global industries as a way to establish and maintain sound environmental and safety practices within businesses. (For more information on ISO 14000, see attached fact sheet).

"Now more than ever, companies are faced with the challenges of maintaining environmental standards while keeping an eye on the bottom line," said Mike DePasquale, President and COO of Prism eSolutions. "Prism developed the equationASP EMS feature to help make the ISO 14000 EMS certification as affordable, efficient, and straightforward as possible."

With equationASP EMS, ISO 14000 certification can be completed in as few as six months versus the 18-month industry standard. Once ISC implementation is complete, equationASP EMS becomes a permanent asset for EMS maintenance and other environmental projects.

Additionally, equationASP EMS is an excellent tool that companies can use together with equationASP's QMS support tools to complete a dual ISO 9000/ISO 14000 certification.

One major aspect of the equationASP management tools is its scalability for organizations with multiple sites in varying time zones. The equationASP system allows direct knowledge sharing between facilities to cut down on the time and costs involved with meetings, travel, etc., resulting in a more cost-efficient implementation.

equationASP EMS provides companies with affordable and convenient ISO 14000 support and training with no information technology (IT) installation or maintenance required. equationASP EMS addresses the entire ISO 14001 standard (the actual requirement in the ISO 14000 EMS), including procedures, review operation controls, aspect-impact analysis, and more.

equationASP EMS features include:

- Step-by-step implementation;
- Overview guidance;
- Task instructions; and
- Templates for project, knowledge, document-control management, and transparent communication functions.

About equationASP

equationASP is a cost-effective and user-friendly support tool for ISO 9000 QMS, ISO 14000 EMS, and ISO 9000:2000 QMS upgrade implementations. The platform is hosted and managed by Prism at a secure, third-party facility. Therefore, companies need only a computer terminal and Web browser to run equationASP. Additionally, all document formats are supported in the application, eliminating the need for industry standardization.

About Prism eSolutions

Prism eSolutions, LLC, is an international provider of Web-based applications, consulting, and training in ISO 9000 QMS, ISO 14000 EMS, as well as other areas of strategic process and business improvement. Prism provides Web-based support products for companies seeking ISC certification in the manufacturing, telecommunications, healthcare, and business services sectors, as well as in the education community. Based in Blue Bell, Pa., Prism eSolutions delivers training, consulting, and networked solutions in the areas of Strategic Process Improvement; ISO Quality Management; ISO Environmental Management; Internal Auditing; Gap Analysis; and ISO Continuous Improvement and Maintenance Services.

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What is an Environmental Management System (EMS)?

An Environmental Management System (EMS) is a systematic process for managing an organization's environmental aspects and affairs. An EMS provides compliance with relevant environmental legislation and other requirements, prevents pollution, and allows for continuous environmental improvement.

What is ISO 14000?

ISO 14000 is a series of environmental standards that was developed by the International Organization for Standardization, the global governing body for the ISO standards. ISO 14001 (the actual requirement in the ISO 14000 EMS) requires the development of an EMS and is the only standard to which a company is registered/audited against. ISO 14000 promotes a systematic management approach to environmental management rather than a product-by-product or end-of pipe approach. It is similar in approach, architecture, and philosophy to ISO 9000 Quality Management System. Also, because ISO 14000 is general in nature, flexible, it becomes easier for companies to design an EMS that suits their individual processes and operations.

What are the major benefits of ISO 14000 EMS certification?

§ Improved cost savings and waste reduction
§ Improved market position
§ Consumer/public good will
§ Satisfy customer requirements/customer appreciation
§ Reduced liabilities through risk management
§ Strengthened regulatory compliance position
§ Reduced permit modification processing time
§ Enhanced ability to compete in the global marketplace
§ Stronger position to bid on federal, state, and certain commercial procurements

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