A Shift in Emphasis
So what does this revision mean to manufacturers? Basically, this new approach will increase emphasis on top management leadership. Top management will be expected to play a larger role in ensuring the organization’s environmental performance is integrated into the business operation. The expectation is that the Environmental Management System (EMS) will be taken much more seriously.
Some of the changes you are likely to experience:
- A Greater Risk-Based Approach
- A Required Commitment to Protecting the Environment, Not Just Preventing Pollution
- Tangible Evidence of Improving the Environment Will Be Required
- Greater Emphasis On the Life-Cycle Of Your Products
To prepare employees, it may be useful to start communicating internally that a revision to ISO 14001 is coming in 2015. You should start to look at your processes to see if they are in line with the new high level structure; but take note that your system must remain compliant with the requirements of ISO 14001:2004 until the new standard has been released.
The Life Span of ISO 14001:2004
ISO 14001:2004 will continue to be recognized and audited until the end of the three year transition period (expected end of 2018).
The Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center is already gearing up to ensure you have as smooth of a transition as possible to ISO 14001:2015. Keep watching for more information and upcoming MMTC events focused on ISO 14001. For additional information, call 888.414.6682, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or submit an online request here.
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