ISO 14001

ISO 14001 is an international standard developed by a technical committee of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for environmental management systems. The standard was published in 1996, updated in 2004, and updated again in 2015. The standard consists of specifications for developing and implementing environmental management systems (EMS).

ISO 14001 outlines required elements that must be followed if a facility wishes to be in conformance:

  • Context of the Organization
    • Understanding the organization and its context
    • Understanding the needs and expectations of interested parties
    • Determining the scope of your environmental management system
    • Environmental management system
  • Planning
    • Actions to address risks and opportunities
      • Environmental aspects
      • Compliance obligations
      • Planning action
    • Environmental objectives and planning to achieve them
      • Environmental objectives
      • Planning actions to achieve environmental objectives
  • Support
    • Resources
    • Competence
    • Awareness
    • Communication
      • Internal communication
      • External communication
    • Documented information
      • Creating and updating documented information
      • Control of documented information
  • Operation
    • Operational planning and control
    • Emergency preparedness and response
  • Performance Evaluation
    • Monitoring, measurement, analysis, and evaluation
      • Evaluation of compliance
    • Internal audit
    • Management review
  • Improving
    • Nonconformity and corrective action
    • Continual improvement

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