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Legal Requirements and 'Connecting' with Environmental Aspects (4.3.2)

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Systems_girl

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Background: marine company currently developing an integrated system to the ISM Code/ISO 14001/ISO 9001/OHSAS 18001. Certification is not currently being considered but likely next year.

Good day - I am a bit stuck on the requirement 'establish procedures to identify and clarify the legal and other requirements that apply to your organization's environmental aspects'. 4.3.2

Is this process best done by 'embedding' it into the aspects and impacts. There is no problem in the companty identifying the applicable legislation, I am just wondering the best way to 'make the connection' with the aspects.
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Sidney Vianna

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Re: Legal Requirements and 'Connecting' with Aspects (4.3.2)

Maybe ISO 14004 would be of help:
ISO 14004:2004 said:
General guidance Legal and other requirements
An organization should establish, implement and maintain procedures to identify and have access requirements and other requirements to which the organization subscribes that are applicable environmental aspects of its activities, products and services. The purpose of such procedures is to organization to be aware of the various requirements and determine how they apply to the environmental aspects of the organizations activities, products and services. An organization should ensure that appropriate information about applicable legal requirements and other requirements to which the organization subscribes is communicated to all persons working for or on behalf of the organization, such as contractors or whose responsibilities relate to, or whose actions can affect, the organizations compliance requirements.
An organization should have a process in place to anticipate and prepare for new or changed requirements, that appropriate action can be taken to maintain compliance. It should also consider how applicable requirements and other requirements to which the organization subscribes might apply to or affect modified activities products and services. Several sources can be used to identify and maintain up-to-date information about applicable requirements and other requirements to which the organization subscribes. Such sources include all government, industry associations or trade groups, commercial databases and publications, and professional advisors and services.
ISO 14004:2004 said:
Practical help — Commitment to compliance
Compliance with applicable legal requirements and other requirements to which the organization subscribes is a core commitment of an environmental management system. This commitment should be reflected in the environmental management system planning process and be implemented through the environmental management system. Top management should periodically review the adequacy of the environmental management system to ensure its effectiveness, including its compliance-related components.
For convenience, the principal compliance-related components of the environmental management system are summarized in the following list. An organization should establish, implement and maintain processes and provide adequate resources to
a) establish a policy that includes a commitment to compliance with applicable legal requirements and other requirements to which the organization subscribes (see 4.2),
b) identify, have access to and understand applicable legal requirements and other requirements to which the organization subscribes (see 4.3.2),
c) set objectives and targets that consider the need for compliance (see 4.3.3),
d) achieve compliance-related objectives and targets, by implementing — programmes that identify roles, responsibilities, procedures, means and timeframes to achieve compliance-related objectives and targets (see 4.3.3.2), and — operational controls (including procedures, as necessary) to implement the commitment to compliance and compliance-related objectives and targets (see 4.4.6).
e) ensure that all persons working for or on behalf of the organization and whose work is related to (a)
significant aspect(s) have received appropriate training regarding applicable legal requirements and other requirements to which the organization subscribes, related procedures that apply to them, and the
consequences of failing to meet applicable legal requirements (see 4.4.2),
f) periodically evaluate compliance with applicable legal requirements and with other requirements to which
the organization subscribes (see 4.5.2), g) identify any instances of noncompliance or nonconformance (and foreseeable potential noncompliance or nonconformance) and take prompt action to identify, implement and follow up corrective actions
(see 4.5.3),
h) maintain and manage records of its compliance with applicable legal requirements and other requirements to which the organization subscribes (see 4.5.4),
i) address compliance-related features when conducting periodic audits of the environmental management
system (see 4.5.5), and
j) consider changes in applicable legal requirements and with other requirements to which the organization
subscribes when undertaking the management review (see 4.6.1).
The commitment to compliance reflects an expectation that an organization employ a systematic approach to achieve and maintain compliance with applicable legal requirements and other requirements to which the organization subscribes.
 
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