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Prepare for ISO 14001 certification with an ISO 1400:2015 audit checklist

Use this Readiness checklist to check the ISO 14001 clauses 4 to 10 and is utilised as a preparatory inspection for ISO 14001:2015 certification. The checklist includes the evaluation of the meaning of the organization, planning methods and goals, leadership effectivity, and so on. Use Lumiform to make your business for the ISO 14001 certification through Lumiform’s Analytics feature. This feature is a powerful device to track your processes by preparing the most out of your collected data. Decide which outstanding items and areas you need to focus on and the required actions to address these concerns.
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Description: Ready – you feel you are ready to present this Nearly Ready – you need guidance or support to present this Work To Do – you need some more time for your audit
Have you determined...:
... environmental conditions that can influence the organisation’s purpose or be influenced by its environmental aspects?
... external issues contain cultural, social, political, legal, financial, technological, economic aspects etc?
... internal matters such as products and services, culture, people, size, knowledge?
... the interested parties that are important to the environmental management system?
...the important requirements and expectations of these interested parties?
... which of these requirements and expectations become your compliance obligations?
Have you determined the scope of your EMS, considering...:
... matters relating to your organisation, its context and needs and expectations of interested parties?
... your organisation’s parts, functions and physical boundaries?
... your activities, products and services?
... your power and ability to exercise control and influence?
... the knowledge gained when identifying the context and demands of interested parties when building and maintaining your EMS?
Has top management...:
... taken responsibility for the effectiveness of the EMS?
... established the policy and aim in line with strategic direction?
... assured the EMS methods have been aligned with the business objectives?
... assured allocation of sufficient resources?
... directed and assisted persons who subscribe to the effectiveness of the environmental management system?
... supported important management roles to confirm their leadership as it applies to their areas of responsibility?
Is the EMS Policy...:
... appropriate – regarding knowledge gained from Clause 4 demands, as well as the consequences of its activities, products and services?
... strategic – implementing a framework for setting environmental objectives?
... proactive – by involving a commitment to the protection of the environment?
Ensures fulfilment of your agreement obligations and to regularly improve your EMS?
Have obligations and authorities for relevant roles been selected and transferred, including responsibility and authorisation for:
- Assuring conformity to ISO 14001:2015
- Reporting EMS performance to top management?
Does the planning process...:
... consider clause 4 demands?
... respond to risk and opportunities associated with the aspects and compliance obligations?
Did aspects determination include...:
Consideration of a life cycle perspective?
Has your organisation...:
... Determined, and has access to, agreement obligations linked to its environmental aspects?
... Planned how these agreement obligations apply to the organisation?
.... Developed a proper plan to address the meaningful aspects, compliance obligations and risks and opportunities - regarding technological options and its financial, operational and business requirements?
... communicated important aspects throughout your organisation?
.... Accounted for these responsibilities when establishing, implementing, maintaining and continually developing its EMS?
Have adequate resources been allocated to fulfil the requirements of the environmental management system regarding human resources, natural resources, infrastructure, technology and financial demands?
Have these sources been identified at the ‘Planning’ stage?
Has top management allocated resources wanted and reviewed for adequacy?
Has competency been defined – applied to internal workers and persons working on behalf of the organisation?
Has your business ensured that persons working under its control are aware of its policy, aspects and influences, their contribution to the EMS and the implications of not conforming with these demands?
Have you defined controls, considering each life cycle stage, to assure your environmental requirements are addressed in the design and improvement process for your products or services?
Have processes been built, implemented and maintained to provide for and respond to potential emergency situations identified during the ‘Planning’ stages?
Has your organization defined what needs to be measured, the regularity of measurement and the evaluation of consequences?
Does the process include...:
... determination of the frequency of evaluation of compliance?
... evaluation of compliance and undertaking of action if required?
... maintenance of knowledge and understanding of its status?
Has a management review been conducted and recorded covering all the demands of the new ISO 14001:2015 standard?
When non-conformance occurs, does the organisation take steps to check and correctly deal with the results?
Are improving actions appropriate to the significance of the impacts of the non-conformity encountered, including the environmental influence?
Does your business continuously improve the suitability, sufficiency and effectiveness of the environmental management system to enhance environmental performance?
Any recommendations?
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Please note that this checklist template is a hypothetical appuses-hero example and provides only standard information. The template does not aim to replace, among other things, workplace, health and safety advice, medical advice, diagnosis or treatment, or any other applicable law. You should seek your professional advice to determine whether the use of such a checklist is appropriate in your workplace or jurisdiction.
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