Category Archives: ISO 14001

U.S. Department of Transportation Issues New Standards to Improve Safety of Lithium Battery Transportation

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) today issued new standards to strengthen safety conditions for the shipment of lithium cells and batteries. These changes, some of which focus specifically on shipments by air, will better ensure that lithium … Continue reading

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EMS Communications – What is required? [ISO 14001 4.4.3]

Internal EMS communication and awareness is typically one of the weaker parts of most management systems we audit.  Management teams often times do not clearly understand what information to share with employees and how to share it.  The ISO 14001:2004 … Continue reading

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Get ISO 14001 certified in 90 days!!

Need to get ISO 14001 certified by the end of 2014? This may seem like an impossible goal to achieve. If you are already ISO 9001 or TS 16949 certified this may be easier than you think. We have several … Continue reading

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ISO 14001 – 2nd Draft Revison

Every five years, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) reviews its standards. ISO is revising the ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems standard and plans to release the new version in 2015. ISO 14001:2015 is available for comment in the Draft Informational … Continue reading

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SPCC Plan do I need one? 40 CFR 112

As I perform both environmental management system (EMS) and environmental compliance audits, I see much confusion about whether a site is required to develop and maintain a Spill Prevention Containment and Countermeasures (SPCC) plan. The SPCC regulations are specific to … Continue reading

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ISO 14001 Revision

In our previous blog, we shared an outline of the new ISO 14001 standard.  The changes not only reorganize the standard but will add some new requirements. These changes are based on the recognition that the organization is affected by … Continue reading

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Used Oil vs. Waste Oil – What’s the difference?

I had thought most of us had a clear understanding of the difference between these two types of oil waste streams but during a recent ISO audit I encountered a site who labeled all of their used oil as “waste … Continue reading

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Free ISO Tools

It was recently brought to my attention that most of the links on our Free ISO Tools page were broken.  I wanted to let you know that these have all been fixed and are now working.  Also, if you have … Continue reading

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New ISO 14001 – It’s coming!!

The Internal Organization for Standardization (ISO) has begun their next revision of the ISO 14001 standard. A draft of the proposed changes was issued on October 23, 2013 by the ISO/TC 207 committee and comments are due back January 23, … Continue reading

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Social Accountability – SA8000 Standard

Many major companies – Apple, Walmart, etc. – have become interested in the social accountability of their world-wide suppliers.  Child labor and unsafe working conditions have resulted in some very bad press for these companies. Some companies have decided to become … Continue reading

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Changes to ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 – they are coming!!

Both the ISO 14001:2004 and OHSAS:2007 standards are heading for changes. The revised changes to ISO 14001:2007 are planned to be finalized in 2015. ISO 14001 Status: ISO has issued Guide 83 “High level structure and identical text for management … Continue reading

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Solvent-Contaminated Shop Rags (Wipes) – new EPA rule

At long last—we have clarity from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on solvent-contaminated shop rags (also known as wipers).  On July 31, 2013, EPA published a rule on the proper handling and disposal of solvent-contaminated rags/wipes.  EPA’s new rule … Continue reading

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Behavior Based Systems – Safety, Quality, and Environmental make them lean

Behavior-Based approaches have impacted the safety community for over many years. The BBS process has also been used to enhance our quality and environmental programs. While BBS is based on a few core principles, any consistent methodologies have been slow … Continue reading

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Significant Aspects – what are they? (ISO 14001)

The ISO 14001 standard does not define the term “significant aspect” and this can create some confusion when developing an EMS and have significant impact on the effectiveness of the EMS.  The goal of the ISO standard is to provide … Continue reading

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IRCA CERTIFIED COMBINED EMS & OH&SMS AUDITOR/LEAD AUDITOR BASED ON ISO 14001 & OHSAS 18001 TRAINING CLASS

COURSE OVERVIEW Combined EMS and OH&SMS Auditor/Lead Auditor course, based on ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 teaches students the principles, processes, and techniques used for the assessment of and management of: Occupational Health and Safety Hazards, Risks and Controls; and … Continue reading

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Warehouse Pallet Rack Safety – OSHA Recommendations

How many times have you questioned the stability or capacity of the racking in your warehouse? Is the load too heavy for the beams? Does the forklift operator know how to properly place the pallet in the rack? Can the … Continue reading

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Annual SPCC Training – what is required?

As an auditor, the requirements for annual SPCC training are often not well defined and not well implemented.  40 CFR 112.7(f) specifies the requirements for annual briefings to review the SPCC with “oil-handling” employees. This briefing is NOT simply generic spill training for cleaning … Continue reading

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Integrated Internal EMS Audits and Compliance Evaluations

More and more companies are chosing to outsource internal management system audits.  It has become very difficult for companies to maintain a pool of qualified auditors.  Organizations have become so lean it is tough for auditors to find time to … Continue reading

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ISO Programs Support Sustainability

ISO’s current portfolio of nearly 19,000 standards provides solutions in all three dimensions of sustainable development – environmental, economic and societal. Here are some examples of achievements by the international community, represented at Rio+20, working within the ISO system. The … Continue reading

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ISO and Global Reporting Initiative Increase Cooperation on Sustainable Development

ISO (International Organization for Standardization), the world’s largest developer of voluntary International Standards, and the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), developer of the world’s most widely used sustainability reporting framework, have just signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to increase their … Continue reading

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What is ISO 26000?

The International Standard ISO 26000:2010 , Guidance on social responsibility, provides harmonized, globally relevant guidance for private and public sector organizations of all types based on international consensus among expert representatives of the main stakeholder groups, and so encourage the implementation … Continue reading

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Lean EHS Management

As manufacturing facilities struggle to cut costs to meet business conditions many are forced to cut personnel responsible for environmental and safety programs. Small to medium sized companies have been operating without internal EHS staff for several years.  The question becomes “How … Continue reading

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ISO Develops Energy Management Standard (ISO 50001)

With energy one of the most critical challenges facing the international community, the publication on 15 June of the ISO International Standard ISO 50001 on energy management systems is an eagerly awaited event because it is estimated the standard could … Continue reading

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Does EHS Performance Affect Shareholder Value?

According to Cap Gemini Ernst & Young somewhere between 50 and 90 percent of a company’s market value is created by “intangible assets” such as environmental, health, and safety (EHS) performance.  A 2004 report from the Global Environmental Management Initiative … Continue reading

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