ISO 14001 Requirements

The ISO 14001:2015 Emergency Management System (EMS) standard is a value-added tool to enhance the environmental performance of your organisation and demonstrate an environmentally sustainable approach.

An effective ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management System implementation contains the following requirements:

  • Create awareness in the organisation of the ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management System, establish a core team, and obtain a top management commitment to the EMS implementation.
  • Develop the context of the organisation through the identification of internal and external issues, interested parties, needs and expectations of the interested parties, and the effect on the organisation if these needs and expectations are not effectively fulfilled.
  • Define the scope of your EMS to clarify system boundaries.
  • Define role, responsibility and authority for your EMS, identify required competence, and carry out competence evaluation.
  • Define risks to and opportunities for your EMS, considering the context of the organisation, products and services, processes, compliance obligations, life cycle perspective, and more.
  • Define your EMS policy.
  • Carry out environment aspect and impact assessment and re-assessment. The focus is to identify significant environmental aspects and how to control or mitigate them.
  • Determine and establish EMS operational controls for significant environmental aspects and carry out emergency preparedness planning and emergency response activities.
  • Establish EMS objectives, a plan to achieve objectives, and demonstrate regular tracking of these objectives.
  • Identify all compliance obligations, determine the status of those requirements, and create an action plan for compliances which are not currently addressed. Regularly review obligations.
  • Demonstrate life cycle approach during your entire EMS implementation.
  • Determine training needs and maintain training records including training effectiveness evaluations.
  • Establish an EMS communication process and document internal and external EMS communication with various interested parties.
  • Establish documented information control to manage EMS documents and EMS records. Manage documents of external origin as well.
  • Define a process for incident management and capture EMS incidents.
  • Capture EMS non-conformance data and environment deviation data with corrections, root cause analysis, and corrective actions.
  • Manage your assets with effective preventive maintenance, breakdown maintenance, and a proper calibration records system.
  • Establish EMS process indicators to monitor, evaluate, and improve EMS performance.
  • Define EMS inspection process.
  • Plan and carry out an internal audit with audit plan, report, and audit observations.
  • Conduct management reviews and maintain EMS management review input, output, and action plan records.

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