ISO 14001:2015 clause 4.4

armani

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I have difficulties in understanding which are the processes for ISO 14001:2015 - as in clause 4.4, where standard states: "...processes needed and their interactions......".
Do I have to identify processes as I did for ISO 9001:2015 clause 4.4 (e.g. thru process maps) or in some other way, and, especially, use them for internal audits?
Any help, please...
 
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Be guided by the results of your process:

A. Determining significant environmental aspects.

You’ll find that the processes you determined where essential for success under ISO 9001 will probably be responsible for significant environmental aspects under ISO 14001.

Do not forget those processes that deliver beneficial environment impacts. These may be inherent to your business but are often forgotten.

The processes that are necessary to direct, resource and improve the system can be shared.

But you may find some additional processes are associated with significant aspects, such as:

B. Designing products and services to limit the impact or amount of waste
C. Disposing of waste
D. Selecting suppliers that limit waste
E. Deploying laws and regs to the management system

Finally, remember that you’re developing the system that is the organization (not bolting on an EMS alongside the QMS) so many if not most of the processes already exist and will be the same or shared to prevent pollution while delivering quality services and products.
 

Randy

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If you do everything else 4.4 takes care of itself and that's the only way to make it work.... Read what 4.4 says, not what you think it says....And pay attention to A.4.4 in Annex A, it says the same thing I just did.

The standard is titled "Environmental management systems - Requirements with guidance for use".... Very, very few people get past 10.3 and ever get to Annex A which other than section 3 Terms and definitions are the 2 most important parts of the whole document answering a vast majority of the questions that come up.....Auditors seem to be even more lost.
 
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