ISO 14001 Environmental Systems Handbook

ISO 14001 Environmental Systems Handbook

Ken Whitelaw

Language: English

Pages: 237

ISBN: 0750648430

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

ISO 14001 Environmental Systems Handbook Second Edition outlines the scope and purpose of the standard, making it accessible to all.

The author begins by explaining the concepts of the standard, which sets the tone for a practical guide to implementation of an ISO 14000-compliant environmental management system, which also covers the consultant's and auditor's perspective.

The case studies from industries that have actually undergone the process have been updated to include information on their progress toward environmental objectives in the 18-24 months following implementation. A new case study from a service organisation ( a car lease company) will be added. Finally there is input from training organisations and certification and accreditation bodies to assist with trouble-shooting and assessment. Additional information is also included on international legislative issues. Comparisons with ISO 9000 will also be fully updated to reflect revisions to this standard.

The book will offer the reader a range of options for implementation, and guidance on which is the best option to suit the particular organisation's culture.















objective evidence in the form of records is produced which demonstrates due diligence. It therefore makes sense for the organization to decide which records it needs to keep, and for how long, commensurate with the risks involved if they did not keep such records. Legislative requirements will dictate that some records are kept for minimum specified time periods. Clause 4.5.5: Internal audit Internal audits are now an established management tool in many businesses. The concept of self-policing

This could also arise if the organization has not fully understood its own environmental aspects and not documented them. The auditor on the stage 1 audit may not possess adequate experience in all of these more complex or additional environmental aspects to perform a fair and valid judgement during the stage 2 audit. It would then be appropriate to discuss this with the organization and make arrangements to include a specialist, or technical expert with the appropriate expertise, on the stage 2

management system for operating a successful business. These three Standards were developed at different times and were designed to meet different needs and are aligned with each other in terms of: ● Intent to manage business risks ● Language and structure – in broad terms of clause numbering and sequence ● Philosophy – the concept of continuous improvement is inherent This chapter will offer some guidance in management systems integration – an area undergoing rapid international

viability of the business The management of an organization may well perform an analysis of the risks to the business. Many forward thinking organizations look at three components and question: ● Quality: what are the risks of supplying a product or service that does not meet customers’ requirements and more to the point does not keep up to date with these changing and more demanding requirements (the concept of continuous improvement). ISO 9001 is the tool for reducing this risk. ●

looking at site activities, department by department. For each department relevant legislation was identified and a list of significant impacts drawn up. These lists were then reviewed and a set of environmental objectives agreed. At the same time core procedures were written to cover management system elements such as Environmental Aspects Evaluation, Environmental Auditing and Management Review. All this took 12 months to complete. However a pre-assessment by the chosen certification body,

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