So the new ISO 14001:2015 standard has been published has anything changed? The short answer is yes!!
One of the most significant changes is in the expectations of the overall management team of any organization. Their is no longer a requirement to designate a Management Representative to lead and implement the EMS but there are specific expectations for the the management team as a whole.
Element 5.0 Leadership defines the requirements for management to provide Leadership and commitment (Section 5.1), support the Environmental Policy Management (5.2), and to define the Organizational roles, responsibilities and authorities (5.3). While the requirements of these sections were inferred in the ISO 14001:2004 standard they are requirements under ISO 14001:2015.
Element 5.1 Leadership and commitment requires that Top Management shall demonstrate leadership and commitment with respect to the environmental
management system by:
a) taking accountability for the effectiveness of the environmental management system;
b) ensuring that the environmental policy and environmental objectives are established and are compatible with the strategic direction and the context of the organization;
c) ensuring the integration of the environmental management system requirements into the organization’s business processes;
d) ensuring that the resources needed for the environmental management system are available;
e) communicating the importance of effective environmental management and of conforming to the environmental management system requirements;
f ) ensuring that the environmental management system achieves its intended outcomes;
g) directing and supporting persons to contribute to the effectiveness of the environmental management system;
h) promoting continual improvement;
i) supporting other relevant management roles to demonstrate their leadership as it applies to their areas of responsibility.
As your site upgrades your certification to ISO 14001:2015 your registration company will look for evidence of how you meet the above requirements.
So the Purchasing Manager, Quality Manager, Production Manager, Maintenance Manager,Engineering Manager will need a clear understanding of how their activities and responsibilities support the environmental policy, how they can impact the environmental objectives (intended outcomes), and a detailed understanding of the EMS program.
For many organizations this will require an enhanced level of awareness of the EMS program by top management and a better understanding of how their departments activities impact the EMS.
To help management teams understand these requirements, EHS Management Strategies has developed a 2-hour management overview training program. Please contact us to see how we can help you through the process to upgrade your EMS to the new requirements. Contact Us.