EMS ISO 14001 Update
An Environmental Management System (EMS) is an integral tool for organisations to manage environmental risk and improve environmental performance. In September 2015 the ISO 14001 standard that stipulates the criteria for an Environmental Management System was updated. In order to effectively audit against the new ISO 14001:2015 standard KMH consultants Dr. Avanish Panikkar and Jade Molloy have completed a transition course and are now certified to audit against ISO 14001: 2015.
What will the revised standard mean for businesses?
The key changes in the standard are:
- Alignments with other ISO standards – Many businesses are now required to manage multiple compliance frameworks simultaneously. A new structure will be applied to all ISO standards so that the core components are uniform. This will make other ISO standards such as ISO 9001 (Quality Assurance), ISO 5001 (Energy Management), ISO 45001 (Occupational Health and Safety) and ISO 31000 (Risk Management) easier to merge into one coherent system.
- Process approach – The revised standard requires the EMS to be implemented in each process of the business to ensure that adequate resources are provided to achieve the EMS goals.
- Documentation flexibility – Businesses now have a greater flexibility with how they demonstrate conformance with their EMS (e.g. videos, pictures). The business is still required to provide ‘documented information’ however this does not have to be documented procedures (as was required by the 2004 standard).
- Focus on risk management – ISO 14001:2015 does not include a preventative action concept but instead has a greater focus on risk assessment and risk management.
- Emphasis on leadership – A main change of the ISO standard is the requirement to involve the organisation’s leadership team in the implementation of the EMS with the view that team leaders will drive the organisation to achieve their EMS goals and objectives and to increase accountability of top management for the EMS.
- Emphasis on measurement of objectives and change – Organisations need to show that they are making the necessary changes to improve their environmental performance and decrease their environmental impact. This can be mutually beneficial as it can often result in savings to the company.
- Communication and awareness with stakeholders – The business will need to identify stakeholders (e.g. customers, suppliers, investors, employees), document how to communicate the EMS objectives to the identified stakeholders and decide how much information and what information will be provided to each stakeholder group.
KMH provides Environmental Management Systems services that can assist your organisation to:
- Increase profit through more environmental management efficient operations;
- Improve environmental performance and business efficiency;
- Meet the revised ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management Systems standard;
- Integrate an EMS with existing business systems (i.e. develop an Integrated Management System);
- Enhance corporate image;
- Educate staff and increase environmental awareness among employees; and
- Improve relations with regulators and stakeholders.
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Bsigroup, 2015, ISO 14001:2015 now published, [ONLINE] Available at www.bsigroup.com/en-AU/ISO-14001-Environmental-Management/ISO-14001-Revision/
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