ISO 14001 Revision
ISO 14001:2015 was published in September’15, and many companies are now looking at their Environmental Management Systems (EMS) to see what they need to do to satisfy the updated standard, and how they are going to tackle the changes. Organisations have been granted a 3 year transition period from the publication of the update, to migrate their EMS to the new edition.
What are the main changes to the standard?
- Increased prominence of environmental management within the organization’s strategic planning processes
- Greater focus on leadership
- Addition of proactive initiatives to protect the environment from harm and degradation, such as sustainable resource use and climate change mitigation
- Improving environmental performance added
- Lifecycle thinking when considering environmental aspects
- Addition of a communications strategy
The updated standard also shares a ‘common structure’ with the same terms and definitions as many other management system standards, such as ISO 9001. This makes implementation and auditing much easier, quicker and cheaper for the many companies who use more than one management system standard.
For assistance with your migration from ISO 14001:2004 to ISO 14001:2015 please don’t hesitate to contact us today on 07734 849345 to discuss your options.