By Rodney Ramnath – Head, Certification Division, TTBS on 2015 September 25
Related: ISO 14001:2015 Transition Audit
The standard which sets requirements for an environmental management system was revised and published on 2015-09-15. This is one of the world’s most popular standards for environmental management with more than 300 000 certificates issued globally. The revision was completed by 121 experts from 88 countries who were assigned to ISO’s technical committee. Certification bodies such as the Certification Division of the Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards (TTBS) and their clients have up to a maximum of three years to transition to the new version of the standard.
ISO 14001:2015 states that its purpose is to provide organizations with a framework to protect the environment and respond to changing environmental conditions. This is done by controlling or influencing the way the organization’s products and services are designed, manufactured, distributed, consumed and disposed throughout its life-cycle.
Some key improvements in the standard include, a greater commitment from the leaders of the organization, alignment with the organization’s strategic direction; a focus on proactive initiatives, and life-cycle thinking which requires the organization to consider each stage of a product or service, from development to end-of-life.
Anne-Marie Warris, Chair of ISO/TC 207/SC1, the technical committee that developed the standard and undertook the revision, stated, “ISO 14001 has fulfilled many of the dreams we foresaw over the last 20 years, including helping people to manage all their environmental issues in a holistic manner. Looking forward, the new version will help with a stronger integration between environmental issues and an organization’s strategic action planning and thinking. What’s more, she adds, “I foresee the life-cycle perspective and supply chain issues embedded in ISO 14001 becoming stronger in the future.”
ISO Acting Secretary-General Kevin McKinley said the newly revised ISO 14001 reflects many changes in technology and what stakeholders expect of organizations. “It is also a competitive advantage,” he said. “ISO 14001 is something that organizations can use to distinguish themselves from their competition, and in many cases also providing financial advantage, helping organizations to realize efficiencies and improve performance.”
TTBS looks forward to transitioning to the new version of the standard.
Copies of the standard can be purchased from the Standards Information Centre, TTBS, for more information contact us at (T) 868 662 8827 / 868 662 6216 ext 101, 102 (E) email@example.com or visit us at Century Drive, Trincity Industrial Estate, Macoya, Trinidad & Tobago.
Training to the new standard is available from Premier Quality Services Limited, a fully owned subsidiary of TTBS, for more information contact us at (T) 868 645 9026 / 868 645 9268 (E) firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or visit us at Century Drive, Trincity Industrial Estate, Macoya, Trinidad & Tobago.
ISO 14001:2015 – Environmental management systems – Requirements with guidance for use. (2015). Geneva, Switzerland: ISO (the International Organization for Standardization).
Naden, C. (2015, September 15). The newly revised ISO 14001 is here. Retrieved September 24, 2015, from ISO (the International Organization for Standardization): http://www.iso.org/iso/home/news_index/news_archive/news.htm?refid=Ref1999
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