What are the common Problems preventing (Gaps) Implementation of ISO 14001?

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SA_FETY

#1
what are the common Problems preventing (gaps) implementation of ISO 14001?

Irrespective of industries
 
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#2
There are many reasons for not filling the gaps in ISO-14001; some are:

a) Lack of Resources (and lack of commitment of the top management)
b) Lack of (or poor) understanding of the subject matter
c) Lack of competent people to carry out an activity
d) Silos in the organization, not allowing people to come together to solve problems
e) Lack of willingness to excel

The above are only a few; there are many more which others may bring out.

With kind regards,

Ramakrishnan
 

somashekar

Staff member
Super Moderator
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what are the common Problems preventing (gaps) implementation of ISO 14001?

Irrespective of industries
The top management does not drive and monitor it like it is done for business or finance. The Legal requirement enforcement externally lacks the strength... and then the others follow due to this like, resulting in only certification to 14k rather than implementation of 14k.
 

AgnieszkaSz

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The top management treating the Environmental Management as a division whereas this is a process encompassing whole company. Hence lack of awareness on all levels of organization. Hence assigning the resources unwillingly. Etcaetera...
 
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samsung

#5
Two more reasons that prevent successful implementation of ISO 14001:

1. Lack of understanding of environmental aspects and their real impacts

2. 'Integration' of EMS with other management systems (such as QMS, OHS) that normally ends up with just a 'combination' of 'n' number of MS.
 

Randy

Super Moderator
#6
I see this stuff consistently:


Common EMS Implementation Problems

1. Poor communication, both internally and externally
2. Faulty or missing procedures or work instructions
3. Equipment malfunction or lack of maintenance
4. Lack of competency evaluation, and poor or no training of relevant material
5. Lack of understanding of EMS and personal requirements
6. Failure to comply with procedures or work instructions

...and the biggy.....

7. Nobody really cares, starting at the top
 
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PotentCompoundSafety

#7
This is an interesting conversation...EMS Implementation is just like any other major initiative. If senior management does not buy-in to it, than it will just be another "program" that will die on the vine as soon as the champion finds another job because they get frustrated. Executive management must be involved from the start. Several months ago, I did a podcast on Management Commitment - How to Obtain and Sustain it". Getting it is one thing..sustaining it is another, and as I indicated in the podcast, you need to be careful was you are asking for.
 

Randy

Super Moderator
#8
Yeah, there has to be a business case made that all can buy into. The challenge is to get everyone listening to WIIFM (What's In It For Me?)
 
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