REVISION OF ISO 14001, ISO 45001/OHSAS18001 AND ISO 9001

Here are the latest updates on the progress of various ISO Standards that our consultants are working on:

ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management Systems

The Working Group revising ISO14001 has completed the final draft of the standard during their last meeting in London in April. Publication of the new standard is expected in September 2015. Certificate holders of the standard worldwide will be given a three year grace period by the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) to transition to the new standard.

Some of the main changes in ISO14001:2015 include the new high level structure (which is common to ISO 9001 and 45001), an emphasis on the context of the organisation, the needs and expectations of its interested parties, evaluation of risks and opportunities to the organisation and the environment and consideration of a life cycle perspective etc..

SHEMSI’s Senior Consultant, Amarjit Kaur, who has been involved with the revision of the standard since 2004 noted that: “The new standard will allow organisations to consider the risks to its operations from the environment through issues such as climate change as well as identifying the impacts it has on the environment. This will allow organisations to identify broader issues of risk which might compromise their operations in the long term and reduce their profitability.”

While our External Adviser, Stan Rodgers, who has been involved with the development of the standard since 1993 said: “The revised standard now follows a common high level structure which will facilitate integration with other standards such as ISO 9001, ISO 45001 and Business Continuity Management as well as Asset and Energy Management to provide an overarching management system. This in the long term will save organisations money but require those managing the system to posses a greater degree of competence than is currently required.”

SHEMSI is running an IEMA training course designed to guide individuals that are responsible for any environmental management system based on ISO 14001 to implement the new standard, click here to learn more or contact us at mail@shemsi.com.

ISO 45001/OHSAS18001 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems

A new ISO standard, ISO 45001, on occupational health and safety management system requirements is being produced by a Project Committee, ISO PC 283, with the intention of publication in October 2016. The standard will be aligned with the upcoming revised ISO 9001 (Quality Management) and ISO 14001 (Environmental Management), which are due for publication in 2015. This standard is intended to replace OHSAS 18001 which is likely to be withdrawn when ISO 45001 is published . The standard is a “sister” standard to ISO 14001 dealing with occupational health and safety.

Comments on the second committee draft of ISO 45001 – Occupational health and safety management standard systems – requirements with guidance for use have now closed and will be considered at the next meeting of PC283/WG1 in Dublin in June. This will be followed by a further meeting in September at which it is anticipated the standard will move to a draft international standard.

ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management Systems

ISO 9001 is about to reach the Final Draft International Stage (FDIS ballot expected by July) which will be circulated for editorial comment and voting and hopefully be published in September 2015. It should be noted that unlike ISO 14001 and 45001, ISO 9001 has no interpretative annex. The standard will be supplemented by ISO 9002 which is intended to meet this requirement. In view of this those implementing ISO 9001 should proceed with caution as the high level text can be read subjectively and organisations implementing the standard without the guidance in 9002 may find themselves misinterpreting the requirements in 9001.

Integrating Management Systems

Organisation implementing or upgrading a single standard such as ISO 9001 should be able to do so with limited external guidance as the new standard is based on the intent of the previous standard. Organisations opting to implement two or more of these standards should proceed with caution because of the high level structure and the different interpretations of similar clauses for each of the disciplines, environment, health and safety, etc.. Those advising on or implementing multiple systems will require a greater level of competence than is generally available in the marketplace and thus extra training for internal staff will be necessary and the selection of a competent external consultant should be done with extra care.

MICCI Featured Article: Why business must adopt the new ISO 14001:2015

Our senior consultant was invited to write an article for the Malaysian International Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MICCI)’s quarterly magazine, “The Business Advocate” for Q1 2015. In the article she addresses why businesses must adopt the new ISO 14001:2015.

Why business must adopt the new ISO14001:2015

Click here to read the full article.

SHEMSI Training Schedule 2015

SHEMSI Sdn Bhd supports your path towards sustainability by providing advice, training and auditing services. We are proud to introduce internationally recognised training courses in 2015 that enhance your capabilities and help you to meet challenges along your path to sustainability:

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Please take note that besides the courses listed in this schedule SHEMSI provides other sustainability related courses including on environmental and safety and health, such as Environmental Aspect/Impact and Safety and Health Hazard and Risk Identification, EMS/OHSMS Implementation, Internal EMS/OHS auditing etc. SHEMSI also provides customised in-house training to suit clients’ needs. Further information on our capabilities may be found on our website here.

Should you have any questions regarding our training courses, do drop us a line or give us a call at mail@shemsi.com or 03-51917858.

Updates on Revision of ISO 14001 and Other Standards

UPDATES ON REVISION OF ISO 14001: ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS – REQUIREMENTS WITH GUIDANCE FOR USE

Each ISO standard goes through a systematic review process every five years to establish if a revision is required to keep it current and relevant for the marketplace. It was agreed that ISO 14001:2004 needed a revision in late 2011. The revision work commenced in early 2012. Currently the revised standard is in the form of a Draft International Standard (DIS) and is available for a three month balloting and commenting period (public inquiry) beginning 28 August 2014. Publication is planned for the third quarter of 2015.

 The revision was needed for two major reasons:

  1. To include new approaches on environmental management and its stakeholder expectations that have evolved since its inception in 1996 and;
  2. To transition the document into a standardised format set by ISO to help organisations integrate their multidisciplinary management systems into their organisational processes

The revision addresses both reasons by improving the existing requirements and adding new requirements where necessary.

In addressing the need for new approaches on environmental management and evolving stakeholder expectations the DIS includes:

  1. Incorporating a requirement for strategic understanding on environmental issues that are important to the organization. Specific focus is on issues or changing circumstances related to the needs and expectations of interested parties (including regulatory requirements) and local, regional or global environmental conditions that can affect, or be affected by, the organisation;
  2. A requirement for visible involvement, support and commitment from top managementby taking accountability for the effectiveness of the organisation’s environmental management system and assigning specific responsibilities for those in leadership roles to promote environmental management within the organisation;
  3. Expanding the environmental policy commitment from prevention of pollution to a more proactive and positive commitment to protect the environment from harm and degradation. Commitment to protect the environment can include pollution prevention, sustainable resource use, climate change mitigation and adaptation, protection of biodiversity and ecosystems, etc.;
  4. An emphasis on environmental performance improvement rather than on improving the management system itself which includes reducing natural resource use, emissions, wastes;
  5. Applying life cycle thinking to environmental issues related to the organisation’s activities, products and servicesIn addition to the current requirement to address environmental impacts associated with procured goods and service, organizations will need to extend its control and influence to the environmental impacts associated with product use and end-of-life treatment or disposal however this does not imply a requirement to do a life cycle assessment.

ISO has developed a standardised format for future management systems to help organisations integrate their multidisciplinary management systems. ISO DIS 14001 uses the ISO High Level Structure (HLS) framework which is also being used for revising ISO 9001 (Quality Management System), ISO 45001 (OHS Management System), ISO 20121 (Sustainable Events Management) etc. The HLS contains the following framework (click table below for larger image):

Website Update table 0201014

Implications of the revision

The revision to ISO 14001 will have implications for organisations implementing the standard for the first time as well as those upgrading to the revised standard, some of these include:

  1. It compels the organisation to look at how external environmental conditions such as climate change can impact their business operations and plan to take appropriate actions to deal with them;
  2. It provides a better linkage between the organisation’s environmental performance and its business planning processes and promotes the view they are not separate by getting organisations to determine risks and opportunities that arise from environmental issues both to the business and the environment;
  3. It provides a path towards sustainability without the organisation realising and being intimidated by the term ‘sustainability’. This is important especially when dealing with SMEs in a value chain.
  4. Applying life cycle thinking although not a new concept in ISO 14001 requires the organisation to look at environmental impacts upstream and downstream in its value chain. Unless the industry the organisation belongs to has an established supply chain infrastructure such as the automotive industry it may find it challenging to identify those impacts and deal with them appropriately.
  5. The HLS facilitates the integration of multidisciplinary management systems in the organisation which would help in minimising resources used in implementing management systems.
  6. New terms such as ‘risk’ is used in the HLS and adopted by new or revised standards including ISO 14001. However the term has different meanings in other standards and this raises a degree of complication when the organisation attempts to develop and implement integrated management systems.
  7. Organisations certified to ISO 14001:2004 are granted a three-year transition period after the revision has been published to migrate their environmental management system to the new edition of the standard. After the transition period, organisations that want to obtain third party certification will have to seek certification to the new version of the standard. The former version, ISO 14001:2004, and any certification to it, will be out of date.

Need More Information?

Email us at mail@shemsi.com and our Senior Consultant, Amarjit Kaur a technical expert from Malaysia on the ISO TC 207 SC1 Working Group revising the standard will provide further information. Let us know if you need help in adopting the changes in your EMS. SHEMSI will be offering an IEMA STS Making the Transition to ISO 14001:2015 (IEMA Certified) training course soon in the coming months (see the ‘Events’ tab on our homepage).

If you are interested in commenting on the DIS please contact SIRIM at stddevelop@sirim.my.

Watch on Youtube for more information on the ISO 14001 revision.

UPDATES ON OTHER RELEVANT STANDARDS

The following overall updates are provided on new and revised ISO standards related to environmental management (and sustainability to a certain extent).

ISO TC207 Environmental Management

TC207/SC1 has issued ISO CD 14004 Environmental management system — General guidelines on principles systems and support techniques for comment and these will be discussed at the next meeting of WG6 in South Africa in early October 2014.

TC207/SC1 has issued ISO Draft International Standard (DIS) 14001 Environmental management systems – Requirements with guidance for use with comments closing in November 2014.

TC207/SC4 has issued ISO Committee Draft (CD) 14034 Environmental management–Environmental technology verification (ETV). The standard specifies principles and requirements, and provides guidance for those managing and conducting verification activities. Comment will be considered at the next meeting of SC4 in South Korea in October 2014.

TC207/SC5 has published a new standard entitled ISO 14046 Environmental management – Water footprint – Principles, requirements and guidelines that are intended to provide decision makers in industry, government and non-governmental organizations with a means to estimate the potential impact of water use and pollution, based on a life-cycle assessment.

TC207/SC5 has recommended for publication ISO Technical Standard (TS) 14072 Life cycle assessment — Requirements and guidelines for Organizational Life Cycle Assessment and ISO 14071 Life cycle assessment — Critical review processes and reviewer competencies — Additional requirements and guidelines to ISO 14044:2006, was published in May 2014.

TC207/WG9 has issued for ISO CD 14055-1Guidelines for establishing good practice for combating land degradation and desertification – Part 1 Good practice for comment which will be considered at the next meeting of WG9 in Mexico in October 2014.

ISO TC248 Sustainability criteria for bioenergy

TC248 will issue ISO DIS 13065 – Sustainability criteria for bioenergy for a three month comment period in August 2014. The Standard defines principles, criteria and indicators (PCIs) for the assessment of sustainability. It covers all facets of sustainability relevant to bioenergy, including environmental, social and economic aspects.

ISO TC268 Sustainable Communities

ISO TC268 has now produced three standards relating to SMART infrastructure and metrics and has issued ISO Committee Draft (CD) 37101 Sustainable development and resilience of communities — Management system — General principles and requirements the comments on which will be considered at its next meeting in France in mid-September 2014.

ISO PC283 Occupational health and safety management systems

ISO PC283 has issued for comment ISO CD 45001 Occupational health and safety management systems – Requirements with guidelines for use. This standard is intended to replace OHSAS 18001. The standard is a “sister” standard to ISO 14001 dealing with occupational health and safety. Comments are due to be considered at the next meeting of PC 283 in Africa in early December 2014.

ISO PC277 Sustainable procurement

ISO PC 277 has recently issued ISO CD 18617 Sustainable Purchasing. This standard provides guidance to organizations integrating sustainable development within procurement, independent of their activity or size, as described in ISO 26000 “Guidance on social responsibility”. The future ISO 18617 will standardize guidelines and principles for all stakeholders working with internal and external purchasing processes – including contractors, suppliers, buyers, and local authorities – as part of an effort to demonstrate good practices for sustainable purchasing.

ISO/TMB Social Responsibility

Based on the results from the systematic review process carried out earlier this year ISO 26000:2010 has been confirmed and kept as it is. It was decided that the next systematic review should begin within the next three years.

(References: www.iso.org and www.smsonline.gov.my)

Google+ Hangout on The Revision of ISO 14001

SHEMSI would like to inform you of a Google+ Hangout organized by ISO on the revision of ISO 14001. The objective of this Hangout is to allow interested stakeholders to ask questions about the revision’s progress, potential changes and other issues that may be of interest. Experts from the ISO committee revising ISO 14001 will tell us how the revision is progressing and what’s new so far.

Google+ Hangout on the revision of ISO 14001:
Date:  25 September 2014
Time: 6.30 pm – 7.00 pm (Malaysian time)

Watch it here on Google+ Hangout (send your questions here in advance using #ISO14001GH) or on YouTube.

There will be experts from Colombia, Japan, Malaysia (Amarjit Kaur, Senior Consultant – SHEMSI) and USA. Don’t miss it!