ISO 14001 Requirements

ISO 14001 Requirements

ISO 14001 requirements

The ISO 14001 requirements follow this cycle. What is meant by each item in the cycle is: to plan the environmental policy and the environmental policy, then implement the plan then you check and review if everything has gone well and finally improve the management system which had been already implemented. There are in total seventeen of the ISO 14001 requirements, to meet the official recognition of the environmental management system. They are : an environmental policy supported by senior management; The identification of environmental aspects and impacts, and the identification of significant environmental impacts that the organisation may cause; identification of environmental compliance requirements; The development of objectives and targets, and their environmental management programs; Defined resources, roles, responsibilities and authorities for environmental management; The development of competence, training and awareness procedures; A communication process of the EMS to all stakeholders and interested parties; The development of EMS documentation as required by the standard; the development of document control procedures; The development of operational control procedures; The development of emergency preparedness and response procedures; The development of procedures to monitor and measure operations that can have significant impact to the environment; An evaluation of compliance procedure; Procedures developed for the management of non-conformance, corrective and preventative actions; the development of a records management procedure; A program for completing internal EMS audits and corrective actions; and the development of procedures for management review by senior management.

The ISO 14001 requirements state that there is also a defined program for continuous development cycle like the top management’s commitment to the regulatory compliance, pollution, prevention and continuous betterment. Intricate planning is required to identify environmental aspects which are important to spot out the legal requirements and decide upon the objectives and the targets and also the program to achieve them are also some of the major ISO 14001 requirements. They have to chalk out the structure and give specific responsibility to the staff members identified to establish procedures of communications, document the process of the EMS through plans and procedures, establish the control of documentation along with operational control and implement emergency preparedness and responses. The next step is to monitor and measure environmental interactions evaluate compliance, establish any non-conformity, use of corrective measure, and maintain records and periodic internal audits of the EMS. Last but not the least of the ISO 14001 requirement is that the top management of the organization has to review the environmental performance, the performances of the EMS policies and objectives and recommend corrections. An ISO 14001 environmental management system has to be fully developed and implemented prior to an ISO 14001 certification audit.

Prior to an EMS to be implemented, the organisation will need to demonstrate an array of completed activities like the development and communication of an environmental policy; Environmental aspects need to be reviewed; Legal requirements need to be assessed and compliance monitored; Objectives and targets need to be set and the programs in which to achieve them developed; Training needs should have been identified and a strategy for achieving them implemented; An internal audit completed; and a management review of the EMS and their organisation’s environmental performance.

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