EMS ISO 14001:2004First most, ISO 4001 has adopted Annex SL 12 format structure. This allows for reshuffling previous ISO 14001 into Annex SL and raising of newer terms. Current ISO 14001 (2015) changes that consider having some effect on EMS; the changes require reviewing the EMS and taking action for transition (information is under control of TC 207). Considering the most relevant changes in advancing / transition to ISO 14001 benchmarks includes (an overview for transition / implementation), also assist in fulfilling EMAS regulation:

Scope - requires defining the scope of the EMS (environmental management system) linking to the organizations activities, products, and services (and processes). First consider defining the scope of the EMS within the "boundaries" of products, services, activities, and processes as these relate [for ISO 9001 organizations consider requirement, and organizations implementing ISO 14001 may be helpful reading ISO 9001 based Annex SL]. The previous indicates an overview on how the EMS fulfills ISO 14001 2004 [some thoughts are internal auditing, management system review providing that these link].

Policy - The scope of the EMS and its policy must be consistent. The requirements for the policy remains about the same, now explicitly indicating that must be developed by top management, and other explicit terms in tune since the 1996 version.

Environmental Aspects, Identification - Changes involve in assisting to clarifying statements... products and services...control and influence are now mutually exclusive, whilst introducing planned and new developments... new and modified activities... Considering identifying significant aspects must occur from development, implementation, and maintaining the EMS. Information on environmental aspects needs be in documentation format. To a more assertive statement, "... over which it can be expected to have..." changes to the following "...those which it can influence."

Legal, Regulatory and Requirements - The wording changes to "legal" in better addressing context to different world regions. Consideration must be given with changes to clause 4.1, for development, implementation, and maintaining the EMS.

Resources, Roles, Responsibility and Authority, please note that this is a new title. This title reflects the importance and relevancy of each term to the EMS. Some minor wording changes include from "...provide..." to "...ensure the availability..." Do not forget that this will require reviewing auditing, planning, and responding to emergencies.

Competence, Training and Awareness - Whilst using the same terms in the title notice the change in sequence. This change reflects the expected order of importance of the terms-subjects. Also consider that introduces a new phrase that broadens the individuals within an EMS; "...persons working for, or on behalf of ..." Combining these previous two sentences, provides for the organization to include not only relevancy to significant environmental aspects but as well extending to those working for or in behalf of the organization . (Note: also consider that training provider and supporting services are inclusive to 4.4.6).

Communication - Internal and External specifically addressing the European Requirements (EMAR / EMAS), if the organization decides communicating externally the environmental aspects (environmental performance), ISO 14001 address this issue. This is strictly on a volunteer globally, realizing that within the European Union is require.

Environmental Management System Documentation - in pursuit of continuing compatibility with ISO 9001:2000 the term applied is "Documentation." Thereof, consider this clause also in the light of ISO 9001:2000 when integrating EMS and QMS. The EMS documentation and records must be those to ascertain objective evidence on the effectiveness of implementing the policy, planning, and execution (including improving), control of operations, verification, and control, improving, and reviewing the EMS.

Document Control - Again, changing the title and wording reflects compatibility with ISO 9001 based Annex SL. Other than compatibility between QMS ISO 9001 and EMS ISO 14001 there are no significant changes.

Control of Operations - Self-Explanatory, as it is service or product activities focus.

Emergency Preparedness and Response - The structure changes by placing some of its already content in bullets to emphasize each as pointer for the organization to address.

Monitoring and Measurement - Remains, now within the Annex SL format.

Evaluation of Legal Compliance - Remains within the newer version as it relates to statutory regulations.

As a European conformity based scheme, non-conformance, corrective and now risk based action - Prevention is vacated and replaced by risk, with expectations to measure risks and then corrective action within a risk based realm whether mutually inclusive or exclusive events. Thereof, "action to eliminate the causes potential risks is to value risk of occurrence" leading onto changes in the EMS procedures.

Records - States that organizations need records to demonstrate implementation of procedures and achieving results. These must demonstrate complying with the EMS (procedures and results). Whilst record retention times are not specifically required, record retention needs being specified (consider legal requirements and contractual agreements such that provide a demonstrable sustainable EMS).

Environmental Management System Audit - Self-explanatory based competence, planning, excecution and action (Plan-Do-Check-Act).

Management Review - Seeks compatibility with ISO 9001, which includes inputs and outputs for reviewing the EMS. Addition includes reviewing for improving the EMS (from target and not merely objectives).

The advent of 2015 ISO 14001 ought not require additional training, unless otherwise the organization decides for a short review presentation or an "IMS" (integrated management systems," integration of management systems such as ILO-OSH, OS&H MS, BS OSHAS 18001, ISO 45001 and ISO 9001. It will require reviewing the EMS by management, (perhaps a gap analysis), acting on any changes, inclusive to auditing against ISO 14001 before transition .

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