ISO 14001:2015 and Regulatory Compliance
ISO 14001:2015 requires organizations to meet all state, local and federal regulations.
The Three Regulatory Requirements
ISO 14001 imposes three related requirements:
- An organization is required to identify all of its environmental legal obligations and be familiar with all relevant environmental laws and regulations. In addition, the organization is required to have a process for guaranteeing that any new legal obligations are identified in a timely fashion.
- The organization’s EMS is required to understand and comply with all relevant environmental laws and regulations, for example any regulations set by the EPA. This needs to go further than just documentation, the organization must make every effort to fulfill its commitment to do what it says it is going to do.
- Compliance with identified legal requirements must be evaluated on a periodic basis set by your organization. Whenever you decide to complete compliance audits or a variety of monitoring activities, your organization is required to make sure that all legal requirements are being met. If any regulatory noncompliance is found, the organization must take action to correct this noncompliance and also take measures to ensure that it does not happen in the future.
These requirements do not impose specific performance standards on organizations. ISO 14001, along with the national laws and regulations makes it impossible to establish parameters for air emissions, water discharges and other similar environmental impacts. Each organization needs to approach these requirements within the context imposed by national, state or provincial, and local laws. U.S. regulatory agencies and registrars have different expectations about the ways in which a company addresses these three requirements.