Management system guidance

6.1 Address Risks and Opportunities

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6.1.4 Compliance Obligations

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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Planning

   
4.1 Understanding Context 4.2 Interested Parties 4.3 Determining Scope
4.4 Management System Processes  
5.1 Leadership and Commitment 5.2 Policies 5.3 Roles, Responsibility and Authority
6.1 Address Risk and Opportunity 6.2 System Objectives and Planning 6.3 Planning for Change

Doing

   
7.1 Resources 7.2 Competence 7.3 Awareness
7.4 Communication 7.5 Documented Information
8.1 Operational Planning and Control 8.2 Requirements for Products and Services 8.3 Design & Development
8.4 Externally Provided Products and Services 8.5 Product and Service Provision 8.6 Release of Products and Services
8.7 Non-conforming Outputs 8.8 Emergency Preparedness 8.9 Accident and Incident Investigation

Checking

   
9.1 Monitor, Measure, Analyse and Evaluate 9.2 Internal Audit 9.3 Management Review

Acting

   
10.1 Improvement - General 10.2 Non-Conformity and Corrective Action 10.3 Continual Improvement
 

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