War on Waste – the fight has just begun

I recently saw a most interesting and unsettling investigative documentary about food passing through the value chain. The millions of tonnes of food waste discarded along the way pointed towards the power of the supermarket. The top 7 supermarkets in the UK provide...

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...

ISO 14001 2015 small company approach

ISO 14001 2015 impact on businesses around the world will soon be apparent. Certification bodies are already spending significant amounts of time and resources in training their auditors in readiness for the phased changeover that will take place during the next 18 –...

ISO 14001 Evolves

The Final Draft of ISO 14001:2015 has raised some important points, which may go unnoticed and which may need to be discussed. They form a personal interpretation of the revision that has developed as I have been updating course content, attending certification body...

ISO 14001 Revision Checklist

The new ISO 14001 revision checklist is now ready and the full unabridged version will be available to all delegates who purchase our online Internal Environmental Management System Auditor Course. Samples are available on this web site. The creation of the checklist...

Improve your EMS

EMS – Environmental management systems and AuditMentor’s Top 10 Tips – The Second Set of Tips in the Series John Marsden provides hints and tips for improving your management system. He is a leading certification auditor who works for a number of international...

Top Tips for ISO 14001 Auditors

Top 10 tips for Auditors 1. The ISO 14001 auditors primary role is to find out how well the management system is working. What are the positives, what are the negatives. Where can the system be improved? A good auditor must know when and where the system should work...

ISO 14001 2015 Operation

ISO 14001 2015 Operation – Interpreting the requirements of any new standard is always going to be interesting. Getting a reasonable consensus of opinion on what is meant by “operational planning and control” or “operation” within ISO...

Major, Minor Non conformance

Why is it important to get the right category for a finding or a non conformance? Well, for certification purposes, it’s a very important issue. A major non-conformity that is presented at any closing meeting for a certification audit means that the...