ISO 14001:2015 is an Environment Management System that provides requirements for an organization to prevent pollution, environmental concern, to manage environmental risk and identify opportunities to manage the risk, appropriate use of resources, waste management, degradation of ecosystem and biodiversity. The Overall concern is to achieving the balance between the environment, society and economy.
Environment Management System helps organization to achieve intended outcome that provide value for the environment, the organization itself, and interested parties.
Organizations willing to have ISO 14001 Certification needs to implement the EMS Environmental management system as per EMS standard requirements.
ISO Experts has taken the opportunity to explain the requirements of ISO 14001:2015, on Environmental Aspects & Compliance obligations – which are the one of key important requirements of ISO 14001 Certification, which provide the ultimate benefits to get ISO 14001 Certified. with the objective that the user organization can build up the understanding of EMS Requirement for ISO 14001 Certification Benefits
Environmental Aspects – it states that the organization shall determine the environmental aspects of their activities, products and services and that it can control and aspects that can influence associated environmental impacts considering a life cycle perspective. Here while determining the aspects organization shall consider the changes including planned or new development, modified activities / products and services and abnormal conditions and foreseeable emergency situations.
What is Environmental Aspect – It is element of an organizational activities or products or services that interacts or can interact with the environment causing environmental pollution, resource depletion, waste generation, change in bio-diversity, etc. in short we may say it is the source of environmental pollution.
For an organization pollution sources can be (but not limited) Energy/Water/Petrol/Diesel/Paper consumption, noise generation, waste generation (can be solid / liquid or gaseous form), Land acquisition/contamination, etc. So when organization identify appropriate aspects with its activities, products or services then it became easy to omit the sources that cause pollution or an engineering control can be established to minimize its impact on environment.
So it is important to identify appropriate environmental aspects to plan further course of action to minimize / rectify or make null effect on environment.
Document requirement for this clause compliance is documented record of Environmental Aspects / impact Analysis register specifying significance of the aspect and its criteria for assessment including possible control measure.
How to maintain the compliance requirement – Environmental Aspects-Impact.
Compliance obligations – it states that the organization shall determine the legal requirements that may be laws and regulations, contracts, codes of practice and voluntary commitments like industry standard, etc. that is applicable to organizations relevant environmental aspects and it may result in risks and opportunities to the organization
What is a Compliance obligation – It is legal requirement and other requirement (i.e. contracts, codes of practice and voluntary commitments like industry standard, etc.) that an organization has to comply with and for other requirements that an organization has to or chooses to comply with.
So, it is important to identify appropriate compliance obligations maintain the Legal register. The organization have
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