ISO 14001:2015 Transition

Are you ready to make the transition to ISO 14001:2015?

Imvelo has been actively involved in consultants with IEMA in relation to the upgrade to the ISO 14001 standard. For the past year, we have been delivering the IEMA ‘Making the Transition’ training course to businesses and individuals and now it’s time to start implementing the theory.

Our highly trained and experienced consultants can help you through every stage of making the transition to ISO 14001:2015, right through to re-certification.

We can also help to identify and deliver the full range of environmental training courses needed to ensure that all staff are fully aware of their responsibilities and to aid in the demonstration of staff competency.

“Imvelo has been the most important factor in obtaining our 14001:2015 certification, helping us to build/create an old obsolete system into a working management system, but most importantly….an understandable system.”

Steve Gilbert, Health, Safety & Environmental Advisor,
Gestamp UK Washington

ISO 14001:2015 Gap Analysis

Option 1: ISO 14001:2015 Gap Analysis

We begin with an initial, no obligation discussion. If you proceed:

  • Review of ISO14001: 2004 system against ISO14001: 2015 Standard to identify requirements for progressions
  • Preparation of GAP Analysis Report for presentation
  • Presentation of the new ISO14001: 2015 standard to Top Management and Internal Auditors
  • Review of GAP Analysis Report

Option 2:  Full project management of your organisation’s transition to ISO 14001:2015

Service can include all, or some of the below:

  • Preparation of transition action plan and GANNT Chart
  • Meeting with Management Team to agree on project implementation strategy and timelines
  • Creation of paper-free ISO14001:2015 EMS folder to ensure ease of internal/external audits
  • Development of all ISO14001:2015 documentation as required by the standard
  • Meetings and mentoring sessions with relevant personnel to develop departmental systems and to aid ownership of the EMS
  • Mentoring and preparation for external certification audits
  • Regular communication in relation to the progress of the project

Read more: Why was ISO 14001 revised?

All ISO standards are reviewed every five years to determine whether a revision is necessary in order to keep the requirements relevant for the marketplace. ISO 14001:2015 is designed to respond to latest trends in relation to risk management, business continuity and sustainable environmental management and to ensure it is better aligned with other management system standards, like ISO 9001 and OHSAS 18001.

What are the main changes to the standard?

  • Increased emphasis on environmental management within the organization’s strategic planning processes
  • Greater focus on leadership for environmental management
  • Addition of proactive initiatives to protect the environment from harm and degradation, such as sustainable resource use and climate change mitigation
  • Improving environmental performance to not only protect, but also enhance the natural environment
  • Lifecycle thinking when identifying significant environmental aspects
  • Requirement for an environmental communications strategy

In addition, the revised standard follows a common structure, with the same terms and definitions as a number of other management system standards such as ISO 9001 (as well as ISO 18001 which will be released towards the end of 2016!).

This makes them easier, cheaper and quicker for companies to integrate, with the aim of reducing the administrative burden and the duplication of effort.