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ISO 14001:2015 Policy Statement

As stated back in September 2015 after the final text of the BS EN IS0 14001:2015 environmental management standard as been launched.

The scope of the standard has not changed by many of the requirements have.

If you are already following systems which are compliant with the 2004 version of the standard, you have up to 3 years to revise your arrangements. However you should start making the move across now beginning with your policy statement. Many of the changes have been to its structure.

Your organisation is required to formalise its commitments to environmental management in policy. This document should set out your objectives and the actions you have in plan to achieve the intended outcomes. Your policy should show how you will continually improve environmental standards within your organisation.

The standard states that your policy MUST include three basic commitments:

  1. To protect the environment
  2. To fulfil the organisation’s compliance obligations
  3. To continually improve the environmental management system to enhance environmental performance.  

A requirement of ISO 14001:2015 is that there must be commitment from the top of the organisation. Therefore the following statement has been included:

“Directors, management and supervisory staff have responsibilities for the implementation of the policy and must ensure that the environmental issues are given adequate consideration in the planning and day-to-day supervision of all work”

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