Your organization should set up a process that:
If during a compliance evaluation, a failure to fulfil a compliance obligation is identified, the organization needs to take action to achieve compliance. This may require getting in contact with a regulatory agency to agree the action to be taken. Once that agreement is in place, it becomes a compliance obligation.
An organisation in addition to evaluating the fulfilment of its compliance obligations, is also expected to maintain a knowledge and understanding of its compliance status.
As per ISO 14001:2015, Clause 9.1.2, an understanding of the organisation’s compliance status must be demonstrated. Therefore, your organization must have the means, via inspections, tests, and audits, that are frequent and robust enough to ensure that the knowledge and understanding of compliance status is maintained.
It is the responsibility of the Environment and Sustainability Manager to maintain and review the Compliance Obligations Register, specifically to determine:
All of the ISO 14001 clauses are fully-documented and explained in our Environmental Management System Template (EMS).
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Updated: 26th February 2022
Author: Richard Keen
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