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Creating an ISO 14001 internal audit plan

The internal audit is one of the most vital elements of an ISO 14001-certified EMS (Environmental Management System) in ensuring that processes are effective and being followed, and therefore delivering continual improvement. With so much importance placed on the internal audit process and so many details that need to be captured, it …

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What is the job of the EMS manager?

Any organization that has an EMS (Environmental Management System) certified according to ISO 14001 will know that success or failure can greatly depend on how the EMS is managed on a day-to-day and week-to-week basis. In previous articles, such as Is the management representative still the best person to coordinate …

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6 ways to deal with significant environmental aspects in your EMS

In any ISO 14001-certified EMS (Environmental Management System), identifying and dealing with environmental aspects is key to performance, and therefore, to the success of the system. With legislation, and considerations regarding your customers, shareholders, stakeholders and local community, there will be many things to consider when populating your environmental aspect …

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Defining KPIs in the warehousing business according to ISO 14001

With the growth of internet selling in the last decade, there has never been a time where the warehousing and fulfillment sector has been bigger and busier. With this upturn comes the likelihood of an increased environmental impact in this sector as more resources, raw materials, and transport are employed …

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How to structure ISO 14001 documentation

Development of the documentation and record control system for your ISO 14001-based EMS (Environmental Management System) is a very important part of the implementation, because it will define the method of creation, publishing, withdrawal, and use of your documents and records. It is up to the organization to create the …

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What are the key roles and responsibilities in the EMS?

If your organization has an EMS (Environmental Management System) that is certified according to the ISO 14001:2015 standard, you will be aware that there are a number of key roles and responsibilities that need to be allocated and fulfilled successfully in both the setting up and the operation of the …

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Is a gap analysis desirable for ISO 14001 implementation?

Any organization that has become certified against ISO 14001 will testify that it is a major undertaking, with a significant investment of time, resources, and knowledge required. Meeting legislative requirements, defining environmental aspects that affect your organization, and defining programs to influence and improve your EMS (Environmental Management System) can …

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7 steps in handling waste according to ISO 14001

What is waste management? There is more to waste management than collecting rubbish and dumping it at a landfill. Businesses routinely use hazardous materials that, when improperly handled, pose a threat to human health and the environment. These materials are found in everyday items such as fluorescent lamps, electronic devices, …

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ISO 14001:2015 – How to set criteria for environmental aspects evaluation

Evaluation of environmental aspects and determining their significance is at the very core of ISO 14001. Results of the evaluation will affect the objectives, operational controls, and many other elements of the EMS (Environmental Management System). The methodological framework set by standards ISO 14001 and ISO 14004 gives only general …

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How to proceed once a corrective action is initiated in the EMS

The corrective action process is critical to the operation of any EMS (Environmental Management System), especially if certified against ISO 14001:2015. In one of our key early articles entitled Corrective and Preventive Actions to Support Environmental Management we examined the main steps that should occur around a corrective action process …

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Should you use a risk register for the ISO 14001 EMS?

One of the key elements of the ISO 14001:2015 standard involves risk and opportunity. Previously, in the article The role of risk management in the ISO 14001:2015 standard, we considered exactly what the standard prescribes in terms of risk, and how this element has replaced preventive action within the management …

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Using ISO 14001 to identify environmental aspects in the hotel sector

Industry specialists predict the worth of the hotel industry to the US economy in 2016 to be $550 million (source: http://www.hospitalitynet.org/news/4073336.html), and the sector is equally valuable in almost all other regions of the world to the respective economies of those areas. Having grown spectacularly over the last two decades …

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To what extent should top management be involved in your EMS after the implementation?

The ISO 14001:2015 standard saw increased and more specific leadership requirements, which we examined in the article How to demonstrate leadership according to ISO 14001:2015. However, most people who have responsibilities for the activities related to the EMS (Environmental Management System) will realize that there are differences between the reality …

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How to manage and record change in your EMS according to ISO 14001

One of the critical parts of administrating an ISO 14001 certified EMS (Environmental Management System) is the management and recording of change. Change will occur all throughout the lifecycle of your EMS, whether that is through new legislation, changes in existing legislation, or new projects and initiatives that are established …

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