For an overview of the changes, see this infographic:. However, the new requirements cannot be implemented without additional effort. If the organisation decides to communicate externally in addition to the legal requirements, e. Only time will tell which of these will survive now that they are no longer a requirement. In addition to this terminology change, additional terminology changes are included in subclause A. Lifecycle perspective In addition to the current requirement to manage environmental aspects associated with procured goods and service, organizations will need to extend its control and influence to the environmental impacts associated with product design and development to address each stage of the life cycle, i. The purchasing lifecycle reporting requirement is particularly challenging.
It shall identify the interested parties that are relevant to the environmental management system, as well as their relevant needs and expectations. This does not imply a requirement to do a life cycle assessment. The obvious first step for them would be to start with a gap analysis. Leadership A new clause has been added with particular responsibilities for top-level management to express their leadership and commitment to environmental management. The text included in the annex should alleviate any concerns related to structure and required changes. Click here to watch a recording of the webinar to learn more details about the differences in these two revisions. Value stream planning requires managing upstream and downstream processes, including outsourced processes.
This requirement is frequently confused with the requirements for employee competence. In addition, the organisation is obliged to name all third parties who are important for the environmental management system, and to determine their needs and expectations. We passed our audit with flying colours and no issues! The requirements for preventive actions do not exist anymore preventive actions basically became a part of the risk assessment process , so you can decide whether to delete that procedure or not. Transition steps This is my proposition on what steps should be taken, and their order, for a successful transition to the 2015 version of the standard: 1 Define context of the organization. Environmental performance There is a shift in emphasis with regard to continual improvement, from improving the management system to improving environmental performance.
In 1973, the European Community principles I was published, which was actually an action plan for the application of protective cautions of environment. It is also more prescriptive in relation to emergency preparedness and response. Having taken many companies through the transition process now, we have developed a very efficient system to help you meet the requirements in the minimum of time and get you audited. See also: and Similarities and differences As in any other revision, there are some parts with only minor changes and some others that saw significant changes. Context of the organization 5.
We have a team of professional consultants in most regions in Australia, ready to efficiently help you through. The organization shall decide on criteria to evaluate its environmental performance, using correct indicators. Understanding the change Subclause A. Environmental performance The key focus is on improving performance related to the management of environmental aspects. If you get your certificate according to the 2004 revision after September 15, 2015, you will have three years to transition to the new version.
The organization can take actions to avoid risks or actions to pursue an opportunity. This third revision is a fundamental revision of the standard, with far greater implications for organizations than the previous revision. Details of the individual clauses The changes within the ten clauses are considered in more detail below: 4. She is the president of Lorri Hunt and Associates Inc. This article originally appeared as chapter 2 in.
After the assessment of risks and opportunities, there should also be some plans for addressing them. The new risk approach covers also the specific requirement for preventive action. A 3-year transition period has already been agreed. It just takes some time and thinking and regular focussed activity. Comparison The new version has 10 clauses, instead of the four in the old version; and instead of 12 mandatory documents, there are now 16. It requires much more commitment, responsiveness, support and communication from the top management level of an organization.
Now we can stop the rumors and see what has really changed compared to the previous version of the standard that lasted for 11 years. Although the structure will be changed and some requirements will be added or become more prescriptive, many parts remain without significant changes. This standard provides practical tools for organizations looking to identify and control their environmental impact while continually improving their environmental performance. We will consistently keep you updated with changes to legal requirements attached to these changes. The life cycle perspective requires organizations to look beyond its boundaries. Therefore, organisations should use risk management tools and mechanisms in the future e. Comments No comments yet The comments are closed.