ISO 14001:2015 Life Cycle Perspective

rewalvh

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How to implement and address this requirement for ISO 14001:2015 - life cycle perspective. Can anyone please share format or documents for reference, which will be acceptable to EMS auditor. Thanks in advance.
 

Jen Kirley

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Many people include it in their Aspects and Impacts. The auditor has no right to specify which format is acceptable. The standard says "consider" which is a very broad term. A good auditor can notice it where it exists, but we hope our clients will direct us to it, describe what they have come up with, show examples if any exist, etc. This can be as simple as chemical substitution, such as cleaning parts in a parts washer using Simple Green versus some carbon based solvent.
 

somashekar

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How to implement and address this requirement for ISO 14001:2015 - life cycle perspective. Can anyone please share format or documents for reference, which will be acceptable to EMS auditor. Thanks in advance.
Life Cycle .. Think from Design to Disposal and evaluate the aspect and impact. Consider proper information exchange to customer as your action based upon significance and your step towards it. At higher levels some companies have even appointed agencies to handle disposal scientifically. These are again based on higher significance assessment.
 

rewalvh

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Thanks for the response.

Can you please help in sharing some template to implement the life cycle perceptive or how to implement and meet the requirement of the EMS 14001:2015 standard requirement.
 

Jen Kirley

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Thanks for the response.

Can you please help in sharing some template to implement the life cycle perceptive or how to implement and meet the requirement of the EMS 14001:2015 standard requirement.
The standard asks us to consider - lifecycle perspective is not something that is implemented.

That said, many of my clients simply add a column in their aspects and impacts. Lifecycle can become part of planning.

Please do not make the requirement too complex - you can do this.
 

rewalvh

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The standard asks us to consider - lifecycle perspective is not something that is implemented.

That said, many of my clients simply add a column in their aspects and impacts. Lifecycle can become part of planning.

Please do not make the requirement too complex - you can do this.
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Thanks Jen.
Can you please share some documents for reference.
 

Jen Kirley

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Thanks Jen.
Can you please share some documents for reference.
I put an EMS Planner in the Tracking External Oversight at a large Naval Shipyard thread. Add a column for Lifecycle, or put Waste (hazardous waste, landfill waste or one for each) in the Risk Types, and you can address lifecycle considerations as is appropriate for your product/aspect/system/interested party requirements.
 

rewalvh

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In our EMS 14001:2015 audit, auditor asked us to identify and address product which when used by the end user how are they going to dispose. In short we have to give instruction for how to dispose material after use which would be as per environmental legal requirement. Therefore, i need help from you please on how to prepare an structured document for "LIFE CYCLE PERSPECTIVE"
 

Jen Kirley

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In our EMS 14001:2015 audit, auditor asked us to identify and address product which when used by the end user how are they going to dispose. In short we have to give instruction for how to dispose material after use which would be as per environmental legal requirement. Therefore, i need help from you please on how to prepare an structured document for "LIFE CYCLE PERSPECTIVE"
A direct, detailed requirement such as you describe is not rightfully issued by a CB auditor. You have the right to dispute findings that are not appropriate; this example would be a good one. It is over-reach.

No only is it over-reach, it assumes you know the environmental legal requirements of all your customers. That exceeds your responsibility as a manufacturer. That said, if your product contains toxins it is a good idea (if you can't limit them as a part of lifecycle consideration) to provide guidance on end-of-use disposal. A single page document with such guidance can be written and posted for your product users on your web site, if you have one, and/or included in the shipment. You can produce this document and its sharing as part of cradle-to-grave lifecycle consideration.
 

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