Demystify ISO 14001:2015 and plan your transition
18th September 2015
The long awaited ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management System Standard has been published. It is hoped that ISO 14001:2015 will bring…
- Higher profile of environmental management within your organisation’s strategic planning processes: wider risks – threats and opportunities.
- Greater focus on leadership.
- Addition of environment protection and enhancement, not just prevention of pollution e.g. sustainable resource use and climate change mitigation.
- Lifecycle thinking when considering environmental aspects: value chain control.
- Improved communications strategy: improved performance evaluation and stakeholder engagement.
My organisation is already certified to ISO 14001:2004
Organisations already registered to ISO 14001:2004 will have three years (until September 2018) to transition to ISO 14001:2015, after September 2018, certifications to ISO 14001:2004 will no longer be valid.
My organisation is just putting in place ISO 14001:2004 as a new system – do I have to convert it to the new standard?
Organisations can still achieve ISO 14001:2004 for new systems until September 2017, and from then new systems are recommended to be developed and audited under the new 2015 standard.
Key differences of ISO 14001:2015 and ISO 14001:2004
- Understanding your organisation’s context to include internal and external issues which impact your EMS.
- Understanding the needs and expectations of interested parties.
- Increased leadership and commitment from Top Management.
- Determining organisational risks and opportunities.
- Value chain control and life cycle considerations.
- Key changes to existing clauses.
Key tips for transitioning to ISO 14001:2015
- Develop your knowledge of the ISO 14001 changes and the impact on your organisation.
- Plan your transition: develop an action plan; discuss/agree a date with management and upskill staff where necessary.
- Speak with your certification body to understand when you will be required to transition to ISO 14001:2015.
Here to help. Contact us now to plan your transition to ISO 14001:2015
Our experienced EMS Consultants can assist you to plan your transition to ISO 14001:2015 by undertaking a gap analysis and support with all aspects of the transition to ISO 14001:2015 to include:
- ISO 14001: 2015 gap analysis. Valuable 1-2 day project to plan your transition and development of a prioritised action plan. Identify your strengths and weaknesses and available resource and skills.
- and slick, user-friendly legal registers and compliance audit reports/evidence to support robust compliance with obligations and enhanced awareness of compliance status.
- On or off-site support – full system revision development and implementation support.
- Internal EMS auditor course.
- ISO 14001:2015 conversion course.
- Senior Management Team MasterClass (half-day/full day).
- In-company or public workshops for engaging key departments or staff including procurement/design/leadership/contractors/value chain.