Is BP still registered to ISO 14001

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Does anyone know whether BP is still registered to ISO 14001?
 
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Most likely. First, they would have to fail an audit, then they would have to not be able to implement a corrective action as a result of the finding before their cert got pulled. Certs don't get pulled immediately from one incident - or very, very few people would have one.
 

Wes Bucey

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Forget all the fines, lawsuits, and big stick shaking by the President, BP is quaking with fear about whether they will pass the next ISO 14001 audit:lmao::lmao::lmao::lmao:

The consequences of getting an N/C [minor or major?] will be devastating!:lmao::lmao::lmao::lmao:
 
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hazrat71

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They most likely still are since:

a) You don't have to be in compliance to be registered; and

b) conformance auditing by registrars of ISO 14001 is not the same as compliance auditing by agencies of environmental requirements.

One thing seems certain: BP's registrar won't get much flack since so little is known or understood of ISO 14K in the US.

It appears obvious that BP failed to properly identify and maintain critical equipment associated with its significant environmental aspects, assuming oil spills were even considered significant. It also seems obvious that proper environmental planning was not done to ensure a safe and effective shutdown of the operation.

Forget all the fines, lawsuits, and big stick shaking by the President, BP is quaking with fear about whether they will pass the next ISO 14001 audit

The consequences of getting an N/C [minor or major?] will be devastating!
As a registrar auditor, I agree that compared with the legal pressure they are facing, major nonconformities or loss of registration from a registrar are literally drops in the ocean at this point. This is unfortunate, however, since ISO does a much better job of ensuring sustainable environmental protection than laws do, if used properly.

As a former environmental regulator, I can tell you that companies focus all their effort on meeting the bare minimum legal requirements and very little on prevention of pollution and continual improvement - these are still seen as optional, even when significant advantages are readily apparent. Most companies rely far too heavily on external regulation to keep them from messing up, and they don't use the standard's more comprehensive management tools to ensure their needs are aligned with reality.

I think two unfortunate consequences are likely to come from this event:

1) Environmental regulations that have been proved worthless will be further complicated and expanded in the name of better environmental protection;

2) If ISO 14K gets any recognition at all, it will be for its failure to prevent this catastrophe, and it will be deemed useless. Kind of like blaming the hammer when you miss the nail.
 

Randy

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One thing seems certain: BP's registrar won't get much flack since so little is known or understood of ISO 14K in the US.
Speak for yourself please....This is a pretty damning statement of US EMS professionals by a proclaimed US "Expert" in the field of EMS.

There is much I agree with in your Post but the above comment isn't in that agreement.

Of course I'm not an "Expert" in the field so I may be grasping here.

I'd be willing to bet that the Registrars for BP and for every other certified organization are currently looking hard at how they assess 4.4.7 and other parts of the standard because of this and other historical issues.
 
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salman shaikh

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BP was the first company in North America, to become certified with ISO 14001, thus establishing an audited environmental management system.
BP received the Governor's Award for Safety Excellence in 2001 for overall good performance and process. Though I agree with Hazrat 71 that we cannot blame the hammer when we miss the nail. :topic::agree:
 
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