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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, there 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 of sections 4-10.  Learn the details of the requirements with ISO 14001:2015 Requirements Training.

Overview of the ISO 14001:2015 Requirements

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 1: Scope
This section defines the scope of the 14001:2015 standard. In summary, the scope includes specifying requirements for an EMS of any organization.

Learn more: Section 1.0 Scope

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.

Learn more:  Section 3. Terms and Definitions of ISO 14001:2015

Section 5: Leadership
Top management is to demonstrate leadership and commitment, establish and communicate an 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.

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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.

Learn more: Section 7. Support for the EMS

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 10: Improvement
Select opportunities for improvement, take action against nonconformities, implement corrective actions as necessary, and continually improve your environmental management system.

Learn more: Section 10. Improvement of the EMS

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