One of the requirements in ISO 14001:2015 is for “leadership” to “ensure the integration of the environmental management system requirements into the organisation’s business process”.
The high level structures of ISO 9001:2015 (quality) and ISO 14001:2015 (environmental) are closely aligned, thereby facilitating an Integrated Management System incorporating the ISO standards which are applicable to your organisation.
(Note that the standard for safety management systems ISO 45001:2016 - replaces OHSAS 18001 - also has the same high level structure)
The advantages of an Integrated Management System include the avoidance of duplication in the development and maintenance of the system, and potential reduction in the resources required.
For example, as ISO 9001:2015 requires the context of the organisation and determination of risks and opportunities to address applicable statutory and regulatory requirements, the relevant health, safety and environmental legal requirements would need to be considered for ISO 9001.
These same environmental legal requirements would need to be addressed in the context, determination of risks and opportunities, etc. for ISO 14001, so an integrated context and risk assessment would make sense.
Note that ISO 14001:2015 requires not only the environmental aspects and compliance obligations to be addressed, but also other issues and requirements identified in the context and the relevant requirements of interested external and internal parties.
Another significant feature of these standards is that the term “documented procedures” has been replaced by “documented information” which allows organisations more flexibility in deciding what “documented information” is required and relevant for an effective system.
There is now the opportunity for the organisation to apply effective “tools” as a means of meeting the requirement for “documented information”.
QP Consultants have extensive experience in ISO 14001, ISO 9001 and the integration of the relevant standards into Management Systems of our clients, as well as the development and utilisation of “effective tools”.
ISO 14001:2004 and ISO 9001:2008 certifications will not be valid after September 2018.
Time flies. It is strongly suggested that organisations plan for conversion to the 2015 versions.
In order to minimise disruption it is recommended that the transition audit should be conducted at the latest concurrent with the last surveillance audit before the end of September 2018. So for example if your surveillance audit cycle is in October, November or December, the transition audit will be in October, November or December 2017.
Companies should be “audit-ready” prior to the transition audit, viz. system updated and implemented, full internal audit, management review, and corrective actions implemented and verified.