How to Implement ISO 14001: A 29 Step Guide

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The ISO 14001 Implementation Model developed by deGRANDSON Global

The 29 Steps to ISO 14001:2015 Implementation is the model we have developed for implementing an environmental management system (EMS) to meet the requirements of ISO 14001:2015 and to securing accredited certification.

It is the foundation on which our Lead Implementer Course is built.

ISO 14001 Implementation Model

The International Standards Organisation (ISO) has published two standards that focus on developing and implementing an organization's EMS:

  • The environmental management system standard: ISO 14001:2015. This standard is the specification for an EMS.  It specifies the requirements of an environmental management system for organizations seeking to establish implement and maintain a framework to contribute to sustainable development by: 
    • protecting the environment, including preventing pollution
    • demonstrating their commitment to satisfying compliance obligations, and
    • delivering environmental performance improvement.
  • ISO 14004: 2016, EMS – General guidelines on principles, systems and support techniques. This standard provides an extensive body of knowledge on all aspects of an EMS and has copious examples from which you can draw.

To help make sense of it all from an EMS Implementer or Project Manager’s viewpoint we have developed the 29-Step Infographic.

 

 

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ISO 14001 Implementation Guide

  1. Obtain Management Support (ISO 14001 Clause 5.1)
  2. Assemble EMS Project Team
  3. Gap Analysis and Project Plan
  4. Identify the environmental Context of the Organisation (ISO 14001 Clause 4.1)
  5. Identify Legal and Other Requirements (ISO 14001 Clauses 4.2 and 6.1.3)
  6. Other Interested Party's Needs (ISO 14001 Clause 4.2)
  7. Define Scope of EMS (ISO 14001 Clause 4.3)
  8. Prepare Environmental Policy (ISO 14001 Clauses 4.4 and 5.2)
  9. Define Key Roles and Responsibilities (ISO 14001 Clause 5.3)
  10. Processes, risks, opportunities, and emergencies (ISO 14001 Clause 6.1.1)
  11. Identify and evaluate environmental aspects (ISO 14001 Clause 6.1.2)
  12. Environmental Programme (risks and opportunities) ISO 14001 Clause 6.1.4
  13. Establish EMS Objectives (ISO 14001 Clause 6.2.1)
  14. Environmental Plan to achieve objectives (ISO 14001 Clause 6.2.2)
  15. Operational Controls (specific responsibilities) ISO 14001 Clause 8.1
  16. Identify Monitoring and Measurement Needs (ISO 14001 Clause 9.1)
  17. Establish Operational Controls Monitoring (ISO 14001 Clause 9.1)
  18. Develop Mandatory and Other Documentation (ISO 14001 Clauses 4.4 and 7.5)
  19. Secure required resources (ISO 14001 Clause 7.1)ISO 14001 Implementation Infographic
  20. Initial Employee Awareness (ISO 14001 Clause 7.3)
  21. Establish Internal and External Communication (ISO 14001 Clause 7.4)
  22. Finalise and Issue EMS Documentation (ISO 14001 Clauses 4.4 and 7.5)
  23. Complete Job-specific Training (ISO 14001 Clause 7.2)
  24. Go Live! Procedures and Environmental Plan (ISO 14001 Clauses 8.1 and 10.1)
  25. Conduct Emergency Drills (ISO 14001 Clause 8.2)
  26. Conduct periodic EMS Performance evaluations (ISO 14001 Clause 9.1)
  27. Conduct Internal Audits (ISO 14001 Clause 9.2)
  28. Conduct Management Reviews (ISO 14001 Clause 9.3)
  29. Implement Continual Improvement (ISO 14001 Clause 10.2)

 

Download the ’29-Steps to ISO 14001:2015 Certification’ PDF file


For ease of understanding, this ISO 14001 guidance lists down the 29 steps in a simple sequence. In reality, you will frequently be working on several steps simultaneously.  This will help reduce the overall timescale for the project.  When project planning with your project team, you should seek out and document such opportunities. If you want a copy of the 29-step ISO 14001 Guide, just click on the download button above.

 Visit Select your ISO 14001:2015 Auditor Course to see all training program options or check out ISO 14001 Certification: 21 FAQs answered to learn more about ISO 14001 training and certification. 

 

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Written by Dr John FitzGerald

Director & Founder of deGRANDSON Global. Spent 15 years in the manufacturing industry and 25 years training, consulting & auditing management systems

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