Whether you are starting from ‘scratch’ or whether you already have an EMS, a Gap Analysis is essential to establish which are the issues and topics that your EMS Project Plan will need to address.
To carry out an ISO 14001:2015 Gap Analysis:
Using the services of a person experienced in environmental management systems, perhaps yourself or a member of your Project Team, carry out a gap analysis. The ISO 14001:2015 Gap Analysis Tool provided as part of our ISO 14001:2015 Transition Course's documentation is ideal for this purpose.
If in doubt about the interpretation of any particular requirements, and your current status against it, you are recommended to consult ISO 14004:2016, the guidance standard.
A Sample Page from the ISO 14001:2015 Gap Analysis Tool...
The usual approach to categorising your status against the individual requirements is to give…
√√√ fully compliant with the requirement – no change to current practice required
√√ partially compliant with the requirement – some change to current practice required
√ little compliance with the requirement – significant change to current practice required
X noncompliant with the requirement – significant change, perhaps disruptive, required
Results: A detailed and categorised list of current deficiencies against the requirements of ISO 14001:2015. A solid foundation from which to develop a feasible EMS Project Plan.
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