6.1 Address Risks and Opportunities

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6.1.4 Compliance Obligations

N.B. This page is being updated to include content for ISO 45001. Until then, the guidance on this page is broadly still relevant to the new requirements.

ISO 14001:2015 requires your organization to determine the compliance obligations that are related to its environmental aspects. Use a compliance obligation register to capture and monitor your organization’s compliance obligations. These compliance obligations can result in risks and opportunities to the organization which may need to be assessed further.

Obligations may arise from mandatory requirements, applicable laws and regulations, voluntary commitments such as organizational and industry standards, contractual relationships, principles of good governance and community and ethical standards. The introduction of new legislation and changes to current legislation can be monitored through following sources:

  1. Recycling envirowise.wrap.org.uk
  2. Environment www.environment-agency.gov.uk
  3. NET Regs Environment www.netregs.gov.uk
  4. Environment and Health & Safety www.cedrec.com/home/index.htm
  5. Health & Safety www.croner.co.uk
  6. Health & Safety www.hse.gov.uk/guidance/index.htm
  7. Relevant publications and professional bodies.
  8. Documented information could be in the form a list, or matrix of compliance obligations.

Voluntary commitments include organizational and industry standards, contractual relationships, principles of good governance and community and ethical standards. Documented information could be a list or matrix of compliance obligations. You can download a free copy of our Compliance Obligation Register. Both voluntary and mandatory compliance obligations can result in risks and opportunities to the organization.

Ensure that your organization determines and has access to information concerning obligations and how they apply to the business. Ensure the obligations are taken into account when implementing and continually improving the management system. Compliance obligations might result in risks and opportunities to your organization, ensure and your organization is maintaining documented information of its compliance obligations. Objective evidence could be in the following various forms:

  1. Compliance obligation register;
  2. Risk and opportunity register;
  3. Corrective actions;
  4. Non-conformance reports;
  5. Management review minutes.

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