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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 most of the food required by the 70 million people in the […]

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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 the design and development process. This should be consistent […]

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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 – 36 months. Medium-sized, and certainly smaller businesses may be wondering what they […]

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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 meetings and conducting certification audits. The requirements of the standard should be […]

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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 is intended to assist auditors who will be grappling with the significant changes […]

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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 certification bodies. His audit experience dates back to 1990 and has carried […]

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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 better. 2. As an auditor, don’t […]

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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 14001:2015 is no exception. It is interesting to note that the journey taken by ISO 14001 2015 from […]

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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 certification process cannot proceed until the issue has been properly addressed. For UKAS […]

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Compliance Obligations – new term for EMS practitioners

COMPLIANCE OBLIGATIONS As part of my personal views on the almost developed ISO 14001:2015, these blogs provide an auditors’ perspective of what the new standard and it’s elements may mean for anyone associated with management systems. The phrase “compliance obligations” is a tidy expression for legal requirements that apply to an organisation, together with “everything […]

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