Once the auditor leaves and your ISO 14001:2015 certification is being processed, it may happen that you are in middle of all the work you have completed for compliance and audit that you may be unsure about what to do to maintain your EMS from that stage. So, here are some tips exist to help you maintain your Environment Management System effectively after ISO 14001:2015 certification.
Repair any mistakes
Review any recommendations, minor non-conformances, or even auditor comments from the ISO 14001 audit itself. Obviously, non-conformances need to be tackled within a pre-determined period, but in the case of any other comments, bring together the team that involved in the audit and collect all the information that’s come from contact with the auditor.
Repeat your winning formula
Remember what you did to get to where you are – and repeat it. If the standard has not changed, exactly the same principles apply and you must perform the same disciplines of the pre-audit period to ensure that it remains compatible.
Focus on leadership and communication
Continue to focus on leadership and communication. Many companies lose some focus after the registration audit for ISO 14001:2015 Certification is over, so ensure this does not happen – it can be difficult to get this focus back amongst your employees.
Use an EMS diary to remind yourself
Create an EMS diary. This makes it easy to specify when critical actions such as ISO 14001 internal audit, customer feedback, review of corrective action, risk discussions, etc. must be performed. This can be constructed as information is passed down from the management review and frequency of these critical functions is decided.
Clearly define responsibility
Make sure your organization delegates responsibility for the EMS functions in a clear and accurate manner. A clear definition of who is responsible for what is critical to the ongoing performance and success of your EMS.