How to use an ISO 14001 self-assessment compliance checklist

Implementing an Environmental Management System (EMS) that meets the requirements of ISO 14001:2015 is not the same for all organizations. Often your company will already be doing something about environmental protection, even without the ISO 14001 requirements, so how do you compare this with what is required? How can you …

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ISO 14001: Steps in the certification process

Although it is not mandatory, many companies that are using the ISO 14001:2015 standard to create their Environmental Management System (EMS) will consider having the system certified through a certification body audit. As was mentioned in the article List of ISO 14001 implementation steps, the certification audit happens after you …

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Disadvantages of ISO 14001, and how to overcome them

There are many advantages of implementing an ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management System (EMS), and these are explained in the article 6 Key Benefits of ISO 14001, but what about the disadvantages and challenges of implementation? Do they exist and if so, is there anything you can do about them? In …

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ISO 14001:2015 vs. EMAS: Which one to go for?

If you are planning to implement an Environmental Management System (EMS) in the European Union, you will find that you need to compare the requirements of ISO 14001:2015 with the requirements of the European Union Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS). Which requirements should you use, and which will be the most …

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Understanding the needs & expectations of interested parties in ISO 14001

In the beginning of the ISO 14001:2015 requirements for implementing an Environmental Management System (EMS) there is a critical step that takes place after you identify the context of your organization, but before you determine the scope of your EMS. This step is understanding the needs and expectations of the interested …

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Application of the process approach in ISO 14001 implementation

Many organizations that are implementing an Environmental Management System (EMS) will be integrating their EMS with their current Quality Management System (QMS), and will have heard of the process approach, which is integral to those requirements. However, it might be less understood how the process approach is applicable to the …

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How can ISO 14001 make the plating industry more environmentally friendly?

Many industries are using the requirements of ISO 14001:2015 to create an Environmental Management System (EMS) in an effort to better control their environmental performance and reduce their environmental impact. But, can the plating industry use this tool to become more environmentally friendly, since chemical usage, transportation, and disposal are already …

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ISO 14001 risks and opportunities vs. environmental aspects

ISO 14001 has always talked about the importance of identifying, understanding, and controlling your environmental aspects for better environmental performance, but the newly released standard, ISO 14001:2015, also includes requirements for understanding and addressing your risks and opportunities related to your Environmental Management System (EMS). So, the question is, what is …

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How to define EMS key performance indicators (KPIs) according to ISO 14001

When implementing an Environmental Management System (EMS) using the requirements of ISO 14001, you will probably have heard the term key performance indicators used, but what are these? The term is not used within the ISO 14001 standard, and therefore is not something that you need to do for your EMS, but they …

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How to determine interested parties according to ISO 14001:2015

In the upcoming release of ISO 14001, there is a lot of emphasis put on interested parties of your Environmental Management System (EMS).  We need to understand the requirements of interested parties, the EMS scope and Environmental Policy must be made available to them, and management needs to review any …

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How does product life cycle influence environmental aspects according to ISO 14001:2015?

Environmental aspects in your Environmental Management System (EMS) are influenced by your product life cycle, but how? In ISO 14001:2015 his is an addition that will make many companies think about how the environment is affected by their products from start to finish. Many organizations that currently implement ISO 14001 …

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How to achieve continual improvement of your EMS according to ISO 14001:2015

One of the main principles behind implementing an Environmental Management System (EMS) using the requirements of ISO 14001 is the need for continual improvement within your EMS. However, it is sometimes confusing to figure out the best way to work toward continual improvement and gain the benefits that this gives to …

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ISO 14001:2015 integration with ISO 9001:2015 – What has changed?

With the recent releases of ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015, many have questioned how an integrated management system using these two standards will change. In many ways, the newly released updates to both standards will make it easier to understand how to integrate the requirements of these two standards. In many …

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ISO 14001:2015 – What is Annex A and how do you use it?

The latest version of ISO 14001, released in September 2015, includes Annex A which is entitled “Guidance on the use of the international standard”. Many people don’t look at this section of the standard because they do not understand what it is useful for. The explanation at the beginning of …

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