Revision of this key management system standard took place in 2015 and organisations will have to transfer to the updated standard by September 2018. The new ISO 14001:2015 Certification brings significant changes that will require considerable time and thought to implement. Due to the timing, the strategy should focus on implementing the EMS to address the greatest gaps and developing the hard proof of its effectiveness within your organization.
ISO 14001:2015 was published in September 2015, and organisations were given a three-year transition period to adopt the revised Standard. Existing ISO 14001:2004 registered companies should now be well into their planning to ensure a smooth transition to the revised standard by this date. One of the benefits of the revision is to provide a common structure, text and definitions to make integration of multiple standards smoother and quicker to achieve.
For organisations ISO 14001 Standard, taking this integrated approach will save time by streamlining the process of certification and removing duplication.
2. Risk management
One of the main areas of change is an increased focus on risk management and the establishment of an effective risk management plan. Risk is documented in most sections of the revised standard, so if you do not already have a risk management plan; this should be one of your first tasks. Typical risk processes include:
- Risk determination,
- Risk control,
- Risk mitigation,
- Acceptable level of risk.
3. Management processes
Along with the new high level structure/format, the new standards require a higher priority be given to managing processes and less about documentation.
Emphasis on the importance of leadership from top management will ensure that the organisation’s management system achieves the desired results.
Although it is not too late to start with the installation of ISO 14001: 2015, there should be a small delay. The deadline for the recertification of the ISO 14001 EMS is September 15, 2018. Subsequently, the certificates issued according to ISO 14001: 2004 will no longer be valid.
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