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ISO 14001 – Clause 6.1.1 Actions to address risks and opportunities

Environment, ISO Standards

In this series of blogs we are looking at what an implementing company must do in order to meet the requirement ISO 14001:2015. We will now look at clause 6.1: Actions to address risks and opportunities.

Clause 6: Planning

This clause provides guidance on how to plan for the environmental management system.

Clause 6.1: Actions to address risks and opportunities

Clause 6.1.1 General

Planning is integral to all elements of an environmental management system.  The intention of clause 6.1.1 is to ensure that the organization is able to achieve the intended outcomes of the environmental management system, to prevent or reduce undesired effects and to achieve continual improvement.

Planning should be a collaborative effort. Involving personnel from different levels and functions sends the message that environmental performance is the responsibility and concern of all within the organization regardless of job title.

Planning for the environmental management system is an ongoing process and is undertaken in order:

  • To determine the risks that can affect the environmental performance of the organization;
  • To manage these risks;
  • To identify opportunities to improve environmental performance and the environmental management system.

When planning for the environmental management system, the organization should take into account:

The organization must determine the risks and opportunities in relation to:

  • Environmental aspects (clause 6.1.2)
  • Compliance obligations (clause 6.1.3)
  • The organization and its context (clause 4.1);
  • The needs and expectations of interested parties (clause 4.2)

The organization must maintain documented information on:

  • Risks and opportunities;
  • The process and actions needed to determine and address its risks and opportunities to the extent necessary to have confidence that they are carried out as planned.

Clause 6.1.1 Actions to address risks and opportunities – Quick Check

  • Is planning undertaken during implementation phase of the EMS?
  • Is planning undertaken for activities post-implementation?
  • Are personnel from across the organization involved in planning activities?
  • Does planning take into consideration external and internal issues?
  • Does planning take into consideration the relevant needs and expectations of interested parties?
  • Does planning take into consideration scope of the EMS?
  • Is documented information maintained for the risks and opportunities to be addressed?
Environmental management system , Integrated Management Systems , ISO 14001:2015 , Plan Do Check Act
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