ISO 14001:2015 PDF CHECKLIST | Environmental Management Systems


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environmental management systems checklist from the link below in the
description and then we’re going to take the clause by clause through each of the
elements from environmental policies environmental planning to environmental
risk assessment to the monitoring and measurement element and through to
management review. I’m Kobi Simmat I’m the CEO here at Best
Practice this is the ISO 14001 2015 environmental management system
specification free checklist stay tuned okay I’ve got the checklist here myself I’m going to take your clause by clause through the standard and we’re going to
talk about how to establish and implement your ISO 14001 environmental
management system so I’m going to go through clause four now talk about the
context of the organization and then I’ll move through each section of the
standard and we’re going to talk about some of the evidence how to establish
your management system maybe some of the improvements you could make so listen
out if you’ve already got an environmental management system in place
and you’re just wanting to know how you can improve it listen out for some of my
top tips and tricks on how to improve your compliance with ISO 14001 and more
importantly we’re going to work our way through now clause four and talk about
some of the questions so I’m going to read them out and I’m going to talk
about some of the evidence or artifacts that we look for here at Best Practice
or some good examples on what you can establish or implement for your
environmental management system so question one have you determined
external and internal issues that are relevant to its process and that affect
its ability to achieve the intended environmental outcomes for your
management system so this is all about starting to frame up the risk assessment
component of your environmental management system or if you want to be
really clever your environmental SWOT analysis where you look at your
strengths weaknesses opportunities and threats and an organization like this
one Best P ractice one of our biggest environmental opportunities is the
quality of advice and inspiration we give to you our audience if we can
inspire you to build an environmental management system for your organization
and start improving your environmental performance then we’ve had a massive
global impact and that’s a huge opportunity it’s a bigger picture
element than recycling the paper in our office you know natural lighting solar
panels those sorts of things so it’s something to think about the big picture
stuff so one of the strengths weaknesses opportunities and threats in your
organization that can improve your environmental performance when we move
through the rest of this part of the standard we talk about do you have a way
of reviewing and monitoring these risks on a regular basis have you determined
the interested parties that are relevant to the environmental management system
and it is important to do a stakeholder analysis unpack all the people that have
got an interest in your ionization and what some of their
environmental issues might be putting that onto a stakeholder register or part
of your risk analysis is a really good way to address this requirement how do
you determine the relevant needs and expectations of interested parties as
part of that stakeholder assessment and have you determined which of these needs
and expectations become your organization’s compliance obligations
now compliance obligations typically come from environmental regulators they
might come from some of your customers or some of your suppliers so skink
broadly about that because it is one of the requirements of ISO 14001 to make
and deliver the commitment to compliance with legal and other requirements so
that’s an important question have you determined the boundaries and
applicability of the environmental management system is your environmental
management system in your organization just going to be for the site that
you’re on or all of your sites or all of your processes around the globe so if
you’re a one site operation is it just all of that site or part of that site if
you’re a multi-site operation is it just for the environmentally critical
processes at each of your locations but it is important to specify that and make
it clear so you don’t mislead some of your stakeholders and that is a critical
thing you know when your stakeholders to feel violated that you’ve said yes we’ve
got an environmental management system but you’ve misled them when they think
it applies to some of the critical parts of your organization so just be careful
with that one has the scope of environment management system being
determined taking into account the internal and external issues compliance
obligations organizational units functions physical boundaries and again
that’s just reinforcing your scope or your geographical or process compliance
and spread of your environment management system what parts of your
business is that or organization is it applicable to and the last question
there is the EMS go defined and maintain as documented information now
importantly we’ve moved away from big thick manuals and policies and
procedures and so some are on your website a small statement that says this
is our environmental management system this is the parts of the business that
it applies to or it applies to all of our business and it’s about looking at
all of the opportunities and strengths and weaknesses and opportunities and
threats for our environmental management system and to improve our environmental
impact the planet the last question there in
Section four is have you established implemented a maintain environmental
management system which includes all processes needed along with their
interactions and is your EMS built on the framework of continued improvement
so this is where we’re talking about plan do check and act and the cycle of
continual improvement so it is important and this is an important step to say
that yes we’ve been through the standard and yes we’ve got all those
plan-do-check-act elements in our management system like for your quality
system or your occupational health and safety management system let’s talk now
about clause five and this is the context around leadership a bit of extra
stuff around planning in strategic planning but let’s get into leadership
now this element of ISO 14001 2015 has been strengthened it’s talking about has
top management taken accountability to the effectiveness of the environmental
management system now previously I just talked about top management shall
communicate and commit and all those sorts of things but now it’s about
responsibility is there a trail of responsibility following or flowing down
through the different levels in your organizational chart and your job
descriptions to have accountabilities and responsibilities for addressing your
environmental opportunities and threats if you like and strengthening the
strengths and strengthening your weaknesses across your organization so
taking the results of the SWOT analysis dropping responsibilities down into job
descriptions here’s an important part to address this leadership element and it’s
good for business are the environmental policy and objectives established and
compatible with the strategic direction of the organization do you have a
business plan and is there an element in your business plan that talks about your
environmental strengths weaknesses opportunities and threats or
environmental risks and that’s a critical element here so what we’re
starting to do is unpack and understand that we’ve got a policy we’ve got
objectives environmental objectives being the things we want to achieve from
our environmental performance and then we’re mapping those responsibilities
through so you can start now to see that we’re talking about executing and
implementing the business plan for the organization and that there’s an
environmental management seam through that has the organization’s EMS
requirements integrated into the organizations business processes so does
your environment management systems separately or is there an understanding
that integrated risk management has been has been the approach that’s been taken
to ensure that when you’re considering purchasing for example it’s not just the
cheapest price but there is an environmental opportunity or is the more
environmentally friendly product or service that you can procure are you
giving environmental advice to your customers about what they can do in the
lifecycle analysis of the products and services that you sell to them so
understanding that we’ve integrated that environmental requirement and that it’s
part of an integrated risk management approach our resources needed for the
environmental management system and have they been made available now this will
be people the people that are needed to drive the enrollment management system a
budget so a budget as part of your business plan through environmental
initiatives and then environments and people and processes and emergency
equipment so it’s important to think through all of those elements of
resources so that you get a good understanding and that we could if we’re
coming to do an assessment of you of best practice assessment we can see
evidence that those resources have been made available and it’s not just
something that you’re paying lip-service to does top management direct and
support people to contribute to the effectiveness environmental management
system and this is all about can communication and consultation and
training of your people so they understand what their compliance
obligations are they understand the risks that threats they understand it
when they don’t follow the system they know what’s going to go wrong and what
their legal obligations are and does top management promote continual improvement
of your management system and that’s part of that policy commitment that
we’re going to talk about shortly so let’s get into policy we’re talking
about has the environmental policy been established implemented maintained and
with your environmental policy we’re looking for three commitments a
commitment to continual improvement a commitment to compliance with legal and
other requirements and then a commitment to environmental sustainability and the
minimization of environmental impacts from your organization and that your
organization’s making a contribution to its environmental footprint on the
planet and a positive one at that so then we move into the does the
environmental policy include a commitment to fulfill
all compliance obligations now this is strengthened and we’ve got to really
think about our stakeholders what if our stakeholders said our
regulators our customers our suppliers and we’ve got that commitment so how do
we build that out what’s the evidence that we’re going to show to demonstrate
that we’ve done that and track that and then finally is the Environmental Policy
maintained as documented information communicate with the organization and
available to interested parties so if you do a google search press pause on
the video now and do it open another tab in your browser and do a google search
for images and image results of environmental policy and you will see
lots and lots of thousands of examples of all your different environmental
policies that people have put up on their web sites around the planet and
you’ll get some good ideas things that you like things that you don’t like but
look for those three commitments in those policies complies with legal and
other requirements continual improvement and minimization of environmental issues
and leveraging environmental opportunities now the last part of
section five talks about organizational roles responsibilities and authorities
and it’s important to understand that top management right the way down
through the organization need to ensure that responsibility is a lot of and
authorities the relevant roles are assigned and communicated within the
organization it’s no point in just writing a document and saying you know
this person over here is going to be responsible for environmental management
it’s about good quality communication whether it’s been two-way street and
there’s understanding the people that have been given responsibilities to run
the factory to run the warehouse to empty out the sludge bins to dump the
tanks to be managing the pollution licenses that those people are
critically aware of their roles responsibilities policies and procedures
so that they can help to maintain compliance of the organization with your
regulators requirements has the top management assigned responsibilities and
authority for ensuring that the environmental management system conforms
to requirements now has somebody got the role or a responsibility in their
position description to be the environmental management system
representative now that’s the critical thing that we do look for that somebody
can get to know the standard they’ve got resources they’ve got time allocated now
you might be a full time environmental manager but it might also just be a
small part of what you need to do with all of your responsibilities
we see lots of operations managers and general managers and HR managers all
with environmental management system as part of their broader organizational
responsibilities now it is important for that to be clearly specified so that we
can come and do an assessment or someone can check you against 14001 and see that
you’ve got that very clear responsibility you defined has the top
management assigned responsibility and authority for reporting on environmental
performance and the environmental management system including
environmental performance to top management so importantly one of the
critical elements that I believe that a part of this environmental management
system is having a clear picture of your organization’s performance how do you
get that clear picture well somebody obviously here as prescribed by the
standard needs to have responsibility to issue or collect an issue those
environmental performance reports here best practice we have a big dashboard of
all of our statistics so do you have an environmental performance over time
graph or the different elements of environmental performance in your
organization maybe five or six or seven or eight different graphs the track
environmental performance over time of the different elements you know simple
things like how much paper did we recycle or how much energy did we
consume how many greenhouse gases did we emit and obviously different industries
different businesses lots of different environmental opportunities numbers of
trees planted per year lots of different metrics a responsibility for someone in
your organization to write your state of the environment report and produce the
statistics for top management let’s now talk about clause 6 of ISO 14001 2015
and specifically planning actions to address risks and opportunities now this
is where we take the stakeholder analysis the risk assessments that we’ve
been doing the SWOT analysis and we start to form the plan now if you’ve
watched any of our other YouTube videos here at this practice we talked about
the who what when where how and why and that’s all it’s all about looking at
these questions has the high risk has the high risk or the high risks high
level risks and opportunities related to run all aspects compliance obligations
and other issues being determined and documented so this is the trigger now
the evidence you are present here is your risk register or your SWOT analysis
so you can say yes we have document they’re high-level environmental risks
and opportunities in our environmental risk register or our integrated
corporate risk register our risks and opportunities identified and documented
for external environmental conditions for example potential emergencies and
this is about your emergency preparedness what things could
potentially go wrong and starting to brainstorm and flesh out all those
possible things start putting some risks priorities against those and rank them
so that you can look at the more important and more the issues that are
more of a priority when identifying the environmental aspects and associated
environmental impacts does the organization consider a life cycle
perspective has the organization sufficiently understood this broader
view perspective and can they show evidence of its application now here
best practice from a life cycle perspective your environmental
performance is part of our environmental performance and we start to think about
the life cycle of your organization how can we be more influential more
effective in inspiring supporting you to improve your environmental performance
that’s the bigger play here so with thousands and thousands of companies
receiving guidance and advice from us each year that is a big environmental
opportunity for us to change how the whole community the whole business
community responds to your environmental responsibilities our abnormal conditions
and foreseeable emergency situation considered and starting to write a list
of potential environmental emergencies and environmental emergency situations
is an important way to address this so that you can start to make plans and you
can run trials and pilots and emergency evacuations and tests to check that
you’re ready if something goes wrong is the criteria used to determine its
significant aspects documented now that’s a tricky little one there we’re
talking about risk and we’re talking about risk management have you got a
risk management system risk rating risk matrix risk prioritization system and
then we take our environmental issues and we start to prioritize accordingly
so that you can understand what are your more important environmental issues and
that you’ve got that process documented that rated their rate and you can
prioritize how you spend your resources accordingly has the organization
determined and have access to compliance obligations related to environmental
aspects now we talk about legal and other required
and in some instances we can talk about a requirements register legal and other
requirements register where you might specify the different things that are
legislated for you to comply with your customers requirements your contractual
requirements stakeholder requirements license and permit requirement and
having those listed so you can understand what it is that you need to
comply with and ensuring that you can play with it because remembering in our
environmental policy we made a commitment to legal and other
requirements now it can be a tricky part of the standard but if you just start
with a simple list of the things that you think that you need to comply with
that our laws and regulations that’s a great start and then documenting how you
need to comply with them or what you need to do to comply with them now it’s
a really good simple way to get yourself started has the organization maintained
documented information of its compliance obligations so it may be that in some of
your responsibility statements and some of your policies some of your procedures
of methods and techniques that you use to do business that you actually
identify that there may be a specific illegal or other requirement or a
customer’s contractual requirement as we’re now talking about the sort of
second part of section 6 of our checklist we’re talking about vehicle
objectives and planning to achieve them now if you’ve watched some of our other
YouTube videos we talked about who what when where and how and this is where we
start to map out the plan of how we’re going to improve our environmental
performance and we’re going to who’s going to manage what and what are they
going to do to track and improve the benchmarks that we started with and see
our environmental performance improvement graphs improving we start to
ask some questions our environmental objectives established at relevant
functions and levels in the organization a management objective might be have all
staff had environmental training and then a performance objective might be
the numbers of tons of greenhouse gas emissions emitted by your organization
or the amount of electricity consumed by your organization or fuel or raw
materials or tons of waste disposed by your organization so it’s about having
the statistic obviously but then setting yourself an objective so that you can
start to improve leverage opportunities reducing threats do objectives take into
account the organization’s significant in run the specs
environment objectives and its compliance obligations so it’s important
to understand that your objectives need to an a work towards your commitments to
improvement in your policy be that you’ve got really important
environmental issues and you want to have objectives to set yourself targets
and goals to minimize those areas of high potential environmental risk and
then obviously compliance obligations so staying in compliance with your legal
and other requirement that needs to be an objective and you can start to
specify that on a performance over time graph for example like a red line that
says don’t go below this level because we’ll be breaking the law are the
objectives compatible with strategic direction of and context of the
organization so in your business plan have you stated you want to be an
upstanding global environmental corporate citizen those types of
statements and then your objectives need to marry that so it’s not that you’re
going to just push environmental performance under the carpet but you’re
going to think big picture and it would be really inspiring for your organ or
organization to be an upstanding environmental citizen so that’s the part
of the standard here which is encouraging you to do that has the
organization maintained documented information on its objectives well of
course if you’ve got performance over time graphs and you put a small dot on
that graph that shows your goal or your objective or your benchmark then yes you
have some of the other management objectives and targets you might write
into a corporate environmental management plan and it starts to say who
what and more importantly when when you write down who what when where how then
you get to understand that when it’s got when and it’s got who and it’s got what
it becomes a management objective so writing that plan is a really critical
part having your environmental objectives and targets documented to
achieve its environmental objectives has the organization determined what will be
done what resources will be required who will be responsible when it will be
completed and how the results will be evaluated and that’s your environmental
plan so it’s there in 6.2 of ISO 14001 2015 right there in our checklist ok
moving now into Section 7 we talked about support now this is about
establishing all the resources for your organization’s environmental management
system and starting to assemble what you need to do the budgets the funding the
people that tasks the all those things could get going so
how’s the organization determined necessary competence and persons doing
work under its control that’s all the training competency analysis learning
needs analysis those types of documents and that type of evidence to present to
us that you’ve met that requirement or that question does the organization
ensure that persons are competent on the basis of appropriate education training
or experience not that they have to have education training its competent on the
basis of appropriate education training or experience does the organization
determine training needs and where applicable take actions to acquire the
necessary confidence that’s obviously going in procuring courses like the
great courses we have here in the best practice training Academy to help you
understand the standard to help you understand your environmental
obligations and then more specific tasks around different environmental
improvement projects have any of your suppliers got training that they can
provide you when they’re looking at your environmental projects and contributing
to your environmental performs or even any of your customers does the
organization retain documented information has evidence of competence
for example a training register with dates and times when people undertook
either internal training or external training our personal aware of the our
personnel aware of environmental policy the significant environment aspects and
impacts associated associated with their work and that’s maybe a course that you
could develop internally called environmental awareness training where
people can get an understanding of what their environmental obligations are and
what they need to achieve our personal aware of their contribution to the
effectiveness of the environmental management system including benefits of
enhanced environmental performance and that’s all the benefits of being a good
corporate citizen and communicating that to your staff but more importantly what
we found recently with a bunch of clients is engaging your staff and
celebrating environmental performance helps to build culture builds compliance
and builds the general feeling of momentum in your organization towards
being a good corporate citizen from the environmental management perspective has
the organization established implemented process implemented processes for
internal external communications relevant to the EMS what statements are
you prepared to make publicly what statements do
need to make privately and internally in your organization it’s important to
think about this stuff if something goes wrong how will you communicate with the
media what will be your understanding of what we can and can’t say and what we
can and can’t do is part of our emergency management plan does the
communication process include what to communicate when to communicate whom to
communicate and how to communicate again what when where how does the
communication process take into account compliance obligations do we have
mandatory compliance mandatory reporting management communication procedures with
some of our regulators important to understand and the responsibilities of
your environmental manager has the organization maintained documented
information on its communications what are we keeping do we keep press releases
do we keep a record of what we’ve pulled out into the public domain what was
communicated to our regulator is important to keep that record so that
you’ve got history of what you’re talking about and what you’ve
communicated in case there’s a legal issue does your does the communication
process enable employees or externals to contribute to continual improvement so
obviously if we start to look at our what analysis and our risk register do
our staff have a role to play to help us to continually improve and would they be
motivated and inspired to do that so it’s an important element to have people
engaged and on board with what you want to achieve does the organization
communicate external information relevant to its environmental management
system at us as established by its communication process and has required
by its compliance obligations and that’s back to your regulators have you got
mandatory reporting if something goes wrong and just to finish off section 7
of the standard we’re talking about does the organization have documented
information on how documents within the organization are created updated and
controlled and are documented information of external origin which is
necessary for planning and operation of the EMS identified in control and that’s
really it’s the requirement for document control and document management has been
lightened in this standard and it is really simply about having the
information that you need captured or in a place and it could just be a link or a
bookmark in your browser so that you’ve got access and your people have access
to the information that they need when they need it to
do their job and to maintain things in businesses usual circumstances and
emergency situations let’s now move into Clause 8 of ISO 14001 2015 where we’re
talking about operational planning and control and in this part of a checklist
we’re starting to ask questions around how you plan to manage the environmental
issues and risks that you identified in your SWOT analysis and your
environmental risk register so we ask questions like does the organization
plan implement and control processes needed to meet EMS requirements and to
implement the actions determined in what we talked about in clause 6 and this is
the who what when where and how now why is obviously the risks that we
talked about so starting to map out and understand it keep it really simple in a
really simple plan that addresses the who what when where how and that’s going
to give you a good start in terms of how you’re going to catch your environmental
management system and develop your environmental plan so you know by year
or your environmental business plan it’s a good way to describe that does the
organization control plan changes and review the consequence of unintended
changes and take action to mitigate any adverse effects so what do we do if
something went wrong we talked about corrective action what can we do to
correct the situation fix the situation but more importantly preventative action
what can we do to prevent it happening in the future so we start to ask those
questions so what’s your process going to be what’s your your everything
stuffed-up process so when something goes wrong we’re obviously going to
investigate we’re going to fix it but how do we make sure we capture those
changes and embed that and implement it so we have a checklist here best
practice when we talk about change management we’ve got to train people so
we say what do we need to change who we need to train how do we communicate and
what are we going to measure and it’s just a really simple approach when we’re
making changes and we’re talking about how we’re going to improve our
organization that we give our team time to digest that information and those
changes does the organization ensure that outsourced processes are controlled
and or influenced and this is all about your suppliers and your customers so you
don’t want your suppliers to be letting you down you’ve trying to be an
upstanding environmental you know good global environmental citizen and your
supplies are letting you down so it is important to understand that you do have
influence in those areas ultimately in risk management we can
eliminate the risk by taking it away completely so if the supply for you is
too risky and they’re not going to help you in environmental performance you’re
consciously making the decision to actually move away from that supplier or
continue with that supply and it is a conscious decision consistent with a
life cycle perspective our controls established to ensure that environmental
requirements are addressed in the design development process can we design our
products and services or our processes to be more environmentally friendly move
into the next version the improved versioning innovated or evolved version
of our product and service that is more environmentally friendly that is more
environmentally supportive and you start to think about that at the design phase
as we go through that process consistent with lifecycle perspective
does the organization determines environmental requirements for the
procurement of products and services so not just procuring on price but
procuring on a more environmentally friendly or more sustainable product or
service that’s part of any import part of the raw materials for your process
and thinking about that do you have an environmental purchasing policy
consistent with a life cycle perspective doesn’t organization communicate its
relevant environmental requirements to external providers for example
contractors or suppliers so do you report your environmental performance
back to your suppliers back to your contractors so they get an understanding
of or are empowered to understand how they can help you to improve your
environmental performance and your standing as a good corporate
environmental citizen now the final part of section eight talks about operational
planning and control and consistent with the life cycle perspective does the
organization consider the need to provide information about potential
significant environmental impacts associated with transport of delivery
use end-of-life treatment and funnel disposal of its products and services to
people like your customers now we can talk about some of the you know the
historical stories about things like asbestos and toxic chemicals where
suppliers were producing toxic chemicals and giving them to their cut selling
them to their customers but not telling their customers about how bad they were
so consistent with life cycle analysis it is important to talk about those
things to understand those things and work out how you can improve it more
importantly as your product or service passes over to your customer do they
have any environmental obligations associated with that is relevant
documented information maintained to the then necessary to give confidence that
the processes have been carried out as planned and that’s important to have
those performance over time graphs have that monitoring have that measurement
and have those documents that go backwards and forwards in that
relationship now as we finish clause eight we’re talking about emergency
preparedness and what are we doing things go wrong so does the organization
have a process for how to prepare and respond to emergency situations what are
we going to do what are some potential situations can we do a desktop emergency
evacuation so that we can understand and we do a trial and a pilot so we can
understand what could potentially go wrong and brainstorm out those processes
so we can be better prepared particularly when it’s never happened we
want to be prepared for just in case it does does the organization plan actions
to prevent mitigate impacts from event and from emergency situations and
provide relevant information to interested parties so if there are
potential situations that could take place do you run training for your
customers your suppliers your staff your stakeholders involved with your
organization if you’ve got highly toxic chemicals or explosive chemicals on your
site do you train and inform the emergency services so that they know
what’s on your site and inviting them in when it’s not an emergency situation is
sometimes a good idea so that they can join your team when you have got an
emergency taken close and you can manage and minimize environmental impacts from
those emergency situations it’s good quality environmental emergency
preparedness and does the organization maintain documentation to give
confidence that processes are carried out as planned
that could be inspections it could be audits of your emergency preparedness
process so that you know you’re ready and everything is up to date let’s go
now through section nine of ISO 14001 2015 now I’m not going to read every
question here but what I am going to say is it’s my most favorite part of ISO
14001 and in fact any of the management system standards because this is the
part of the standard that talks about getting a clear picture of your
organization’s performance do you have a clear picture of your organization’s
environmental performance do you have a clear picture of your quality
performance your safety performance your financial performance your HR
performance now you might have heard me say financial you say yes of course
we’ve got lots of financial reports we know exactly to the dollar how we’re
tracking financially well this is the opportunity from an environmental
management system perspective to get that same clarity developing the
dashboard the scoreboard of all the environmental metrics the environmental
statistics they’re going to help you track and then move on to manage and
improve environmental performance so we start with questions like does the
organization monitor measure analyze and evaluate its environmental performance
it’s the most exciting part of this standard does the organization determine
what needs to be monitored and measured the methods of monitoring a measurement
and the criteria against which the organization will evaluate its
environmental performance do you have a benchmark do you have regulatory
requirements what are your objectives and targets what in your environmental
business plan and how are we tracking does the organization determine when
monitoring and measuring shall be performed and when the results shall be
analyzed and evaluated here best practice we track most statistics on a
weekly basis we look at some statistics on a monthly basis so when are you going
to look at your statistic and when you’re going to check in to see how
you’re tracking and your environmental performance and are you improving does
the organization retain documented information as evidence of monitoring
measurement analysis and evaluation of results here best practice we produce
graphs and that’s our documented evidence so I’d suggest to you can you
present your environmental performance on graphs and here best practice we have
30 statistics that track all the performance across our whole
organization quality safety environment financial and we track that stuff weekly
so what can you do to track your performance and without going through
all of these questions the last one here is does the organization retain
documented information as evidence of the monitoring and measurement and
analysis and evaluation of results so that we can look at our compliance
obligations how do we go against our objectives and targets how are we
tracking against our environmental management plan now in the final parts
of section 9 we talk about internal audits and management review now there
are two quite generic terms but it’s basic very simple stuff do we have an
environmental audit campaign running in the organization now that
could be integrated with your quality system and your safety system but
setting up an environmental management and in say in an internal environmental
audit program and then finally management reviewing our management
review here in the context of this standard and all of the others in iso
9001 and ISO 45,000 won all those different entities management review
that’s the time where you sit down and look at how did you go against your
environmental business plan against your objectives and targets and what can you
do in the next phase to improve your SWOT analysis improve your controls
improve your performance improve your plans and then improve broadly your
position as a good quality corporate environmental management citizen okay
now let’s move into the final part of this free ISO 14001 checklist where
we’re talking about section 10 improvement now again a very exciting
part of your environmental management system and any system for that matter
and here best practice we have that great hashtag keep improving every day
and this is where we’re talking about does the organization determine
opportunities for improvement and implement necessary actions to achieve
the intended outcomes of its environmental management system now if
you’re not performing if your objectives and your stats and your monitoring is
off track what are you going to do to improve your environmental performance
to get it back to where your objectives are your goals are and your business
plan is saying you want to be does the organization take control and correct
non-conformities so that’s non-compliance with the standard
non-compliance with legal and other requirements non-compliance with
customer requirements non-compliance with your environmental specifications
in your organization how do you track that how do you identify it how do you
improve it what controls whether you put in place what training do people need so
it’s all about that keep improving every day corrective and preventive action
does the organization determine the causes of nonconformity and implement
actions as needed does the organization review the
effectiveness of the corrective actions if you fix something did it happen again
what’s the trends analysis is this something that’s always happening that’s
asking those questions and it’s saying how are we correcting this and are the
corrections the fixes the patches band-aids how are they improving and
maintaining our performance or is it always happening if it’s always
happening a deeper root cause analysis is required and more importantly more
robust controls to prevent it happening again in the future does the
organization retain document information and evidence of the nature
non-conformities and any subsequent actions like an improvements register is
recommended here where you can look at corrective and preventive action and
then does the organization continue to improve the suitability adequacy and
effectiveness the environment of the environment management system to enhance
environmental performance and that’s about implementing those identified
issues those identified opportunities for improvement and moving now back to
the top of the phase where you do your SWOT analysis your risk assessment and
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