ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management System Requirements
We have broken down the ISO 14001:2015 requirements in order to make it easer to understand and also help you and your organization put the requirements into action. ISO 14001:2015 is the latest revision of the ISO 14001 standard. Within the requirements their are 10 sections (otherwise referred to as clauses) along with supporting subsections (subclauses). Requirements 1-3 are general information, whereas 4-10 are to applied to your Environmental Management System (EMS). In order to successfully implement ISO 14001:2015 you must fulfill the requirements within 4-10.
Expand each section below for a summary of the clause and a link to more information.
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Section 0: Introduction
This section introduces the purpose, principles and key concepts of the standard, including risk-based thinking and the process approach.
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- Section 0.1 Background of the EMS
- Section 0.2 The goal of the Environmental Management System
- Section 0.3 The Success of EMS
- Section 0.4 Plan-Do-Check Act Model for EMS
- Section 0.5 Contents of the International Standard
Section 1: Scope
This section defines the scope of the 9001:2015 standard. In summary, the scope includes specifying requirements for a QMS of any organization.
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Section 2: Normative References
There are no normative references for ISO 14001:2015
Section 3: Terms and Definitions
Terminology used throughout this standard comes directly from ISO 14001:2015, environmental management systems – Fundamentals and vocabulary.
Section 4: Context of the Organization
Determine external and internal issues, the needs and expectations of interested parties, environmental management system scope and its processes.
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- Section 4.1 Understanding the organization and its context in regards to ISO 14001:2015
- Section 4.2 Understanding the needs and expectations of interested parties in ISO 14001:2015 EMS
- Section 4.3 How to determine the scope of the EMS ISO 14001:2015
- Section 4.4 Environmental Management System
Section 5: Leadership
Top management to demonstrate leadership and commitment, establish and communicate a environmental policy, and ensure responsibilities and authorities are assigned, communicated and understood.
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Section 6: Planning
Organizational Environmental Management System Planning to address organizational risks, opportunities, changes and quality objectives. <ISO 14001 Planning>
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Section 7: Support
Provide resource needs, ensure employees are competent and aware, and include documented information to support your environmental management system.
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Section 8: Operation
Plan and control processes needed to meet the requirements for products and services (Design and development, external providers, production and service provision, release of products and services, nonconforming outputs).
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Section 9: Performance Evaluation
Monitor, measure, analyze, and evaluate your environmental management system.
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Section 10: Improvement
Select opportunities for improvement, take action against nonconformities, implement corrective actions as necessary, and continually improve your environmental management system.
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