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...

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...

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...

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...

ISO 14001 2015 – The Life Cycle Perspective

I’m sure we’re all aware that the new standard went live last month. We’ve waited a long time for ISO 14001 – 2015, and now it’s here. ISO 14001 2015 requires that operational planning and control include controls to ensure that environmental aspects are addressed in...