The revised International Standard for Environmental Management Systems (EMS), ISO 14001, was launched back in September 2015. Companies already certified to the existing 2004 standard were given three years to make the transition to the revised standard.
We are now halfway through that transition period, with the deadline of September 2018 creeping closer and closer. So how is your move across to the new standard going? Are you in the middle of the transition as you read this? Or have you not yet started on the journey?
New requirements of ISO 14001:2015
Moving to the 2015 version of the standard does not have to be a box-ticking exercise that simply takes up more of your time and resources. It can, in fact, be a real opportunity. The transition can help you make the most of the EMS that you already have, to further benefit your business. In particular, the 2015 standard introduces two key new requirements:
1. Embedding the specific context of the organisation into your EMS.
2. Taking a life cycle perspective on your operations.
These can help give you a wider understanding of the impacts that your business has, and ensure that measures put in place focus specifically on risks and opportunities that are relevant to you.
Where to start?
If you haven’t started yet – don’t panic. We can help you identify the main changes, amendments, and new clauses you will need to address to meet the revised requirements. We have already supported a number of organisations in the move to the new standard. Our desktop gap analysis can provide you with a concise report against the new standard. This analysis will provide you with a brief understanding of the main changes to the standard, and indicate where you are currently compliant and non-compliant. It will also detail what these changes will mean for your business and help you to identify your first steps towards the transition to the new standard.
Contact Responsible Solutions for more information on our ISO 14001:2015 gap analysis, or to express your interest in an ISO 14001:2015 action planning workshop: