The implementation of an ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management System (EMS) will ensure sound environmental performance of any organisation, controlling impacts daily activities, products and services has on the environment. The EMS, once implemented, improves environmental performance by mapping out a framework for improving operating efficiency and reducing waste and costs. In addition, compliance obligations are fulfilled and environmental objectives achieved. The EMS can be tailored and implemented in organisations of various sizes, type and nature whether the aim is certification or improved environmental performance relating to activities, products and services.
Environmental performance can be assessed through reviews or audits. Clause 9.2.1 of the ISO 14001 standard required organisations to: “conduct internal audits at planned intervals to provide information on whether the environmental management system conforms to the organisations own requirements for its environmental management system, the requirements of the International Standard and is effectively implemented and maintained.” The implementation and maintenance of the EMS is reviewed systematically by objectively assessing activities, products and services and providing results in report format.
After review of the ISO 14001:2004 standard, the International Organisation of Standardisation decided to publish a new version, more applicable to the life cycle of an organisation in 2015. Organisations are allowed a three-year transition period to adapt their EMS to the newly published ISO 14001:2015 standard. The GAP Analysis enables organisations to identify changes in their ISO 14001:2004 system and implement new processes and procedures in line with the ISO 14001:2015 system.
Understand the key differences between the 2004 and 2015 ISO 14001 management system. Get to grips with key issues which will influence your existing and or a planned management system and workshop with a facilitator on action plans to either change over or to implement the new standard from the start. Course duration 1 day: 2 sessions. Group size 5 to 10.
Environmental laws in South Africa are continuously changing and the challenge of achieving compliance is on the increase. This course module assists the learner in understanding the basic yet applicable Environmental Laws in South Africa and how these legal requirements could have an influence on your company’s specific activities. The course module provides for contextualisation in accordance to the aspect/impact and risk registers of the company. Depending on the requirements, this course module can be tailor made for an operational and or a strategic audience. Course duration: 1 day, 2 sessions
Employees and contractors must understand what the environment includes where they work and operate. Creating an awareness reduces risk and improves operational efficiencies. This course module provides a detailed yet simplistic explanation of how a person is an integral part of the environment and how awareness can contribute to the sustainability of an organisation and the area in which it operates. This training is specifically useful for a large number of employees, and to ensure compliance with international standards such as ISO 14001 and the GRI. Training can be provided to groups between 15 and 20. Certificates of attendance are provided. Course duration:1 day, 2 sessions. Group size 15 to 20.
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