ISO 14001: 2015 – What does it mean for you and your business?

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In September 2015 the ISO 14001 standard was revised and changes were made to ensure that it responds to the latest trends and is compatible with other standards.

Since the changes we have a lot requests and discussions with our clients as to how it will impact their business. As with any operations of process change it takes a while for the detail and to come through.

However, It is important that we emphasis that we working additional requirements into the upcoming Version 8 of our software. We are confident that this will make life easier for Environmental consultants and business that want to comply.

We are open to discussing these changes with industry partners.  

So what does this mean for you and your business?

The intention of the new standard is to take a more strategic approach to environmental management. It requires board level directors to be more engaged and understand the environmental impact their business is having.

The approach is to take a life-cycle perspective across the whole value chain. Therefore, companies now need to include and look at their suppliers, logistics partners and resellers. This increased stakeholder engagement comes with a strengthened approach to defined responsibilities and compliance.

The key areas of focus where companies will now need to increase data collection and focus include:
  1. Design and Project planning: Environmental Controls need to be addressed at this stage
  2. Procurement and Supply chain: Buying standards & purchasing criteria need to be put in place and recorded throughout the procurement cycle
  3. Contracts and Delivery: it is critical from the start to identify risks and opportunities to manage waste reduction, recovery and recycling. The compliance obligations are very clear on these points.
  4. Commissioning and handover: This is to address the issues of client companies not knowing the efficiency technologies. Now the hand over needs to be recorder and there are measures in place for end of life treatment and final disposal.

The bottom line is that if companies are to comply with ISO14001 they will need senior commitment and leadership. The work needs to be done across all departments with data integration and collection from designers, engineers, project management and procurement. Firms will need to adapt and ensure that awareness at site level among construction workers is a priority.

At EMEX we believe it is about enforcing the simplicity in data collection and increasing the emphasis on audit and inspections. We are working on a number of bespoke projects where we are getting clients geared up for the changes and up to speed to meet these new challenges.

If you require a demonstration or more details please contact us via the website and your regional lead will be in touch.

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