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  • Getting started with 14001 Environmental Management Systems Certification

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  • January 2019
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A practical introduction to environmental management and ISO 14001:2015
Prepared by experts at BM TRADA, Getting started with 14001 Environmental Management Systems Certification is part of the Getting Started series, focusing on best practice and process improvement.

ISO 14001 provides organisations with a framework to protect the environment and respond to changing environmental conditions in balance with socio-economic needs. It defines an environmental management system as 'part of the overall management system, that includes organisational structure, planning activities, responsibilities, practices, procedures, processes, and resources for developing, implementing, achieving and maintaining the environmental policy'.

There are some noticeable differences from the previous standard that are fully explained in this concise guide, including:
o Background to environmental management standards and ISO 14001
o High-level management standards structure (Annex SL)
o Environmental management principles
o Understanding the individual clauses
o Managing the implementation and application of ISO 14001:2015
o Certification choices

Click ...more for a full preview of the foreword written by Jez Cutler MIEMA Cenv

Holding on too tight
Whatever your circumstances and experiences prior to picking up this book, the chances are the hardest thing you will have to do is to learn to let go. You have probably built a plan, do, check, act management system and identified how it fits the clauses of ISO 14001:2015. You may well understand how you will use it with Steve in buying who is not always doing the right thing when onboarding new suppliers, or Roger in production who always listens politely but never seems to quite get it right. You can probably even see exactly what the organisation's goal and targets should be and may have mapped out how you will get there. There is only one problem - the environmental management system (EMS) is not yours. The EMS is owned and must be operated by the organisation; it needs to be integrated into the existing governance and control structures rather than sit alongside them and fail to introduce change. The 2015 standard works because it forces the organisation to consider how to interact with environmental and possibly even sustainability issues at multiple levels, and, crucially, to have proper planning and direction-setting conversations leading to decisions among the leadership team.

During my preparations for the ISO 14001:2015 adoption, I agonised over how to engage my executives in 'ISO speak', and how to get them to accept and adopt a new role. The prospect of exposing senior managers to examination by a certification auditor was terrifying. I knew I had to provide context to engage the executives, so I asked them to prioritise the issues raised by the organisation's stakeholders, and asked them to set goals and direction. It turns out that you do not need to know how a car works to be able to drive it and know where you want to go. The leadership team didn't need to know that they had just provided the EMS inputs by completing the stakeholder mapping, context evaluation and guiding the improvement plan. The executive simply did its job; it took a helicopter view, processed the risks and opportunities, and directed what needed doing in exactly the same way as it would for any other issue.

The revision to ISO 14001:2015 was particularly necessary because too many EMSs were not, or are not yet, sufficiently integrated into businesses management systems. And it is the integration that is key. You are not asking anyone to do anything outside what they are already highly skilled and employed to do. Once you put it in those terms, getting leadership engagement becomes much simpler.

Certification Bodies (CBs) have a role to play here as well by framing the questions to the leadership team in the way the systems manager has suggested they will understand. Not all CBs are able to use the language of the organisation to find evidence of compliance to standard clauses. I would always make this my number one prerequisite when choosing which CB to work with.

Jez Cutler MIEMA Cenv
Cutler Consulting Limited
(Former Head of Environment and Sustainability, Travis Perkins)

A practical introduction to environmental management and ISO 14001:2015
Prepared by experts at BM TRADA, Getting started with 14001 Environmental Management Systems Certification is part of the Getting Started series, focusing on best practice and process improvement.

ISO 14001 provides organisations with a framework to protect the environment and respond to changing environmental conditions in balance with socio-economic needs. It defines an environmental management system as 'part of the overall management system, that includes organisational structure, planning activities, responsibilities, practices, procedures, processes, and resources for developing, implementing, achieving and maintaining the environmental policy'.

There are some noticeable differences from the previous standard that are fully explained in this concise guide, including:
o Background to environmental management standards and ISO 14001
o High-level management standards structure (Annex SL)
o Environmental management principles
o Understanding the individual clauses
o Managing the implementation and application of ISO 14001:2015
o Certification choices

Click ...more for a full preview of the foreword written by Jez Cutler MIEMA Cenv

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Contents

1) The environmental movement: a background to environmental management standards

2) A short history of ISO 14001

3) Application of ISO 14001:2015

4) Environmental management system principles

5) Interpretation and understanding of ISO 14001:2015

6) Understanding the individual clauses
Clause 1: Scope
Clause 2: Normative references
Clause 3: Terms and definitions
Clause 4: Context of the organisation
Clause 5: Leadership
Clause 6: Planning
Clause 7: Support
Clause 8: Operation
Clause 9: Performance evaluation
Clause 10: Improvement

7) Managing the implementation of ISO 14001:2015
Leadership involvement
Context evaluation
Stakeholder mapping and engagement
Risk-based thinking
Setting policies and objectives
Process approach
EMS scoping and design of the management system structure
Implementation, communication and training
Checking processes
Continual improvement tracking

8) Certification choices
Benefits of certification
Selecting the right certification body
The certification processes
The role of certification bodies
Addressing findings

9) What next?

Appendix I: Comparison between ISO 14001:2004 and ISO 14001:2015

Appendix II: Cross-references between ISO 14001:2004 and ISO 14001:2015

Appendix III: Integrating the requirements of ISO 14001:2015 with other standards

Contents 1) The environmental movement: a background to environmental management standards 2) A short history of ISO 14001 3) Application of ISO 14001:2015 4) Environmental management system principles 5) Interpretation and understanding of ISO 14001:2015 6) Understanding the individual clauses Clause 1: Scope Clause 2: Normative references Clause 3: Terms and definitions Clause ...
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