Environmental Aspects that you may need to consider when conducting an ISO certification audit at manufacturing organization

Environmental Management System

 

ISO 14001 is an Environmental Management System Standard- when the organization implement the Environmental management system in the organization – with objective for prevention of pollution and enhancement of compliance obligations at National and International Level.

 

The environmental aspects are the key factors which paly very much important role in controlling the pollution – created by organization.

 

So, let’s understand what the Environmental aspects, how it is identified and taken for considerations for analysis / assessment of impact on environment / Review for prevention of pollutions in the organization.

Environmental aspects – element of an organization’s activities or products or services that can interact with the environment and creates the pollution.

 

I also wanted to explain that we should understand that Pollution should be understood in to broader way – we did not limit that Pollution only limited to Air Pollution – There are many types of pollution Air Pollution, Water Pollution, Noise Pollution, Depletion of Natural resources etc and many more.

 

So, evaluation of Environmental aspects – we should take the environmental impact considering the pollution in broader way i.e all possible types of Pollution.

 

Identification of Environmental aspects – above we understood that – Environmental aspects is an element of an organization’s activities or products or services that can interact with the environment and creates the pollution.

Now take the   example of Manufacturing organization and identify the at List five environmental aspects that you may need to consider when conducting an ISO certification audit at manufacturing organization

 

Possible environmental aspects could be (but not limited)

Activities of the organization- Running of DG Set for power generation – to run the organization

 

In above activities the possible environmental aspects will be

  • Noise
  • Consumption of fuel (Diesel)- where diesel is natural resources – when it is used for running the DG set – it is depletion of Natural resources
  • Disposal of Wastages of DG sets (For Example Fillers / used lubricants- Mobil)

 

Consider the activities of Manufacturing Units – Plant & Machinery

In above activities the possible environmental aspects will be

  • Use of power (Electricity) for Running the Plant & Machinery – where electricity is produced by Natural resources
  • Noise
  • Wastages of Raw Martial
  • Use of Lubricants and other consumable (for Plant & Machinery)

 

The above example of identification of environmental aspects – has made you clear understanding about the Environmental aspects and by taking the example of above two activities – you can identify the potential Environmental aspects in manufacturing organization or any type of organization.

 

Hope this will help you for better understanding of Environmental aspects.

 

As we know that   there is an ISO Standard – ISO 14001 :2015 – For Environmental Management System – This ISO 14001 standard is adopted by the organization for implementation of Environmental Management System with objective for prevention of Pollution and enhancement the compliance obligations.  Once the organization completed the implementation, the organization approaches to ISO Certification Body to get ISO 14001 Certification. This ISO 14001 Certification provides the confidence to interested party that organization has implemented the ISO 14001 – Environmental Management System standards in the organization and implemented EMS   complying to requirements of ISO 14001.