The 7 things you need to know about the new ISO 14001 standard

Here's a quick run down of the 7 key changes to ISO 14001 you need to know about. 

ISO 14001:2015 is due to be published by September of this year and comes with 7 key updates. This newest revision will respond to latest trends in Environmental Management Systems (EMS) and will continue to ensure its compatibility with other management system standards. 

ISO 14001 is the most widely use environmental management standard and the forthcoming updated 2015 version brings 7 key updates which businesses need to know about.

Get Strategic:
A requirement to understand the organisation’s context has been incorporated to better integrate environmental management into the strategic planning processes.

Top level leadership:
A clause that assigns responsibilities to those in leadership roles to promote environmental management has been added.

Environmental protection:
Organisations will be expected to commit proactively to initiatives that protect the environment,

A greater focus on environmental performance:
The concept of continual improvement now has an emphasis shift from improving management systems to improving performance.

Lifecycle responsibility:
Organisations are required to extend control and influence beyond environmental aspects associated with procured goods to those associated with product use and end-of-life treatment.

Strategic communications:
A strategy for internal and external communications, including the need for consistent and reliable information, is required.

No more documentation?:
The term ‘documented information’ (instead of ‘documents’ or ‘records’) has been incorporated in light of computer and cloud based systems. The procedures needed for effective control of documented information will be determined by the organisation, in line with ISO 9001.

What next?
If you are already certified to ISO 14001:2004, there will be a 3 year transition period. After this period, you will have to opt for certification to 14001:2015.

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