This week I am in South Africa as the UK representative at the ISO Working Group developing the revised ISO14004 standard.
ISO14004 provides guidance on how to implement an Environmental Management System, which is useful at the best of times, but even more so when there are significant changes to ISO14001 around the corner. The main changes as blogged earlier, include context of the organisation, interested parties, compliance obligations, leadership and commitment, threats and opportunities and strengthening of communication. However, ISO14004 is not just about how to implement ISO14001. Its guidance goes beyond that to ensure your EMS delivers real business value and for me this is why it is such a key document.
ISO14004 will be published alongside ISO14001 in the Autumn of 2015. The outcome of this meeting should be a Draft International Standard (DIS) and I will confirm this in a subsequent blog. In the meantime I would welcome offers of assistance to review and comment on the DIS when it is published email@example.com.
To help businesses understand the changes and to prepare and plan to transition to 14001:2015 we are running one day training courses across the UK Transitioning ISO14001:2015 in November, December and January and have developed an online gap assessment tool to identify the areas of your business that you may need to focus on.
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