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Ecolabel and the Environmental Management System

Is the certification auditor doing an audit to look for findings or nonconformities against the elements of the standard? Is there an additional scope that is frequently missed out as the auditor busily works to assess conformance or otherwise? The Ecolabel standard for products provides that agenda. These thoughts were swirling around as a 3-day […]

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A Never-Ending story

Sometimes one wonders how such things happen. As a regular auditor to this particular site, sometimes issues can slip through the net – after all an audit is a sample of elements of a management system that apply within the area under scrutiny. The site is a medium sized manufacturer of products destined to supply […]

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Feeling your way through an environmental audit

Good practice is sometimes overlooked – the busy auditor with experience often works by feel rather than following checklists and ISO standard requirements. Confidentiality issues prevents disclosure of details, but hopefully this blog illustrates a couple of points about how feel can add to good auditing technique during an environmental audit. In this example, the […]

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Formula for a Championship Management System Scope

My last few audits have produced a number of interesting situations. I’d like to discuss one relating to the new standard and the scope of an EMS. I recently audited a large consultancy business – the type which involves high level design work for major clients. The sort of work that helps improve the efficiency […]

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A week or two in the life of a certification auditor

Whilst part of my busy life is spent developing online training courses and the associated infrastructure, I also spend a lot of time conducting audits to ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 together with ISO 9001 as part of integrated management systems. I’m sure many readers are busy themselves, but this month has been slightly busier […]

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Ten Point Thinking – Part 1

Ten Point Thinking Series on ISO 14001:2015 Every month John Marsden makes 10 points designed to help auditors think about what they are doing. Part 1 –  Linking ECO to ISO On balance, our global generation is trashing the world in so many ways (exploiting resources, loss of genetic diversity). We, the consumer, are ultimately […]

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Context and ISO 14001

Understanding the Organisation and its Context Context and ISO 14001 is in need of clarification. What exactly does context mean and what will the certification auditor require to see as evidence that this has been addressed by the organisation? The phrase context has been lifted from another ISO standard – ISO 31000 which relates to […]

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ISO 14001 Auditor Competency

Do you have what it takes to become a competent ISO 14001 auditor? During an audit lunch break an interesting conversation developed between myself and a management consultant who was acting as the management representative for a small company. He used to deliver in-company ISO 14001 auditor courses. Out of 10 delegates, in his opinion, […]

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