The Environment Agency suggests there are
260,000 business units employing 3.2 million people which are located in flood areas.
As we are aware the EA is investing heavily in flood defences because of the effects of climate change. Obviously Cumbria is the evidence of how devastating these floods are.
A case highlighted in the EA’s Flood Action campaign identifies what can happen. Greencore, which supplies many of the major supermarkets has also been hit by flooding. More than one meter of water flowed through its premises making this unusable for months. Fortunately Greencore could operate from another location, however, the impact of the flood was significant and resulted in a multi-million pound insurance claim.
EA figures identify that in 2013/14 3,200 commercial properties were flooded.
The EA can provide you with a map to see if your premise is at risk. If you are at risk it would be best to nominate a member of staff to monitor the EA’s flood warnings and keep you ahead of flooding risk.
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:
- To protect the environment
- To fulfil the organisation’s compliance obligations
- 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”
If you have any questions or would like us to contact you regarding the ISO 14001:2015 changes or you would like to know more about the accreditation please fill out the contact form below.