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, 2014. Below is the proposed table of contents for the proposed revised standard.  The new version of the ISO 14001 standard is expected in 2015. The proposed standard adds definitions for several terms that will bring clarity to interpreting requirements – in a future blog we will provide an update on these new definitions. It will be very interesting to see what the revised standard looks like!!

2 Normative references 
3 Terms and definitions
4 Context of the organization
4.1 Understanding the organization and its context
4.2 Understanding the needs and expectations of interested parties
4.3 Determining the scope of the environmental management system
4.4 Environmental management system
5 Leadership
5.1 Leadership and commitment
5.2 Environmental policy
5.3 Organizational roles, responsibilities and authorities
6 Planning
6.1 Actions to address risks and opportunities
6.1.1 General
6.1.2 Identification of environmental aspects
6.1.3 Determination of compliance obligations
6.1.4 Determining significant environmental aspects and organizational risks and opportunities
6.1.5 Planning to take action
6.2 Environmental objectives and planning to achieve them
6.2.1 Environmental objectives
6.2.2 Planning to achieve objectives
7 Support
7.1 Resources
7.2 Competence
7.3 Awareness
7.4 Communication
7.4.1 General
7.4.2 Internal communication
7.4.3 External communication and reporting
7.5 Documented information
7.5.1 General
7.5.2 Creating and updating
7.5.3 Control of documented information
8 Operation
8.1 Operational planning and control
8.2 Value chain control
8.3 Emergency preparedness and response
9 Performance evaluation
9.1 Monitoring, measurement, analysis and evaluation
9.1.1 General
9.1.2 Evaluation of compliance
9.2 Internal audit
9.3 Management review


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