ISO 14001 Changes – a month on, how is it going?

Liz Ainslie explains the changes to the ISO 14001 standards

Hosking Associates’ environmental consultant, Liz Ainslie, looks at the long overdue changes to the ISO 14001 standard to make environmental management requir_DSC2233 (Small)e a company-wide approach in this article featured in Public Sector Sustainability. She summarises the key changes in plain English, making them easier  for businesses to understand, and provides recommendations and tips to help organisations make it easier to comply with the new regulations.

The 2015 Standard still follows the risk-based approach of a Plan-Do-Check-Act system as most other ISO Standards. It now also incorporates a new 10-point framework
called Annexe SL. The Annexe SL framework is a generic framework to go across all Management Systems as they are updated (such as the recently revamped ISO 9001 Standard). This will ensure there is consistent terminology and clause numbering across all Standards.

By ensuring all management systems are consistent in their framework, this will make life much easier if you are certified to more than one management standard. For example, if you have ISO 9001, 14001 and 50001 you won’t need a complex cross-referencing chart to show where you’ve put each element!

You can find the article and learn more from Liz in the November/December issue of Public Sector Sustainability, page 36.