ISO 14001:2015 Environmental System Standard Just Released Reply

The long awaited final version of ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management System standard has been released today.  The new ISO 14001:2015 standard, Environmental Management Systems – Requirements with Guidance for Use, is available to download now from American National Standards Institute (ANSI).  Also, an updated Environmental Management Package that combines environmental management systems guidance standards is available for download from ANSI.

Some key changes relate to ensuring the environmental management system:

  • Integrates environmental management with organization’s overall strategic business planning
  • Strengthens the focus on leadership with greater specificity on management involvement
  • Includes proactive initiatives to protect the environment from harm and degradation, such as sustainable resource use and climate change mitigation
  • Improves environmental performance
  • Uses risk-based approach to environmental management
  • Demonstrates lifecycle approach when considering environmental aspects, including supply chain impacts/value assessment
  • Engages stakeholders
  • Includes a communications strategy
  • Follows ISO Annex SL format to facilitate integration with other ISO management systems standards.

Many companies choose to conduct a gap analysis to create an action plan for upgrading to the new version. CAPACCIO can assist with conducting a gap analysis, establishing an action plan, facilitating identification of solutions that appropriately address the new requirements, and providing resources to develop & implement documents and systems.

Please contact Lisa Wilk at 508-970-0033 ext. 112 or lwilk@capaccio.com or Linda Swift at 508-970-0033 ext. 119 or lswift@capaccio.com for more information.

CAPACCIO to present “Expanding Scope Of Quality Management Systems To Keep Up With Stakeholder Demands”at ASQ BOSTON Reply

On February 10, Lisa Wilk, PE, President and CEO, and Julie Muszalski, RABQSA ISO 14001 Provisional Auditor, Sustainability Professional, both of Capaccio Environmental Engineering Inc. will present “Expanding Scope Of Quality Management Systems To Keep Up With Stakeholder Demands” at ASQ Boston’s monthly meeting. ASQ, the American Society for Quality, is a non-profit professional society dedicated to quality improvement and to bringing the benefits of quality to both industry and the community. The meeting will be held at the Embassy Suites in Waltham from 5:30 PM to 8:30 p.m.

The presentation will review current applicable standards as well as provide an update on proposed standards, including several new international management systems standards and guidelines. Specifically, the presentation will address QC 080000:2012, IEQC’s “Quality Assessment System for Electronic Components – Hazardous Substance Process Management System (HSPM); the new ISO 14001 Revisions; ISO 26000:2010 (Social Responsibility); ISO 22301:2012 for Business Continuity Planning; and ISO 45001, which will be the replacement for current OHSAS 18001 Occupational Safety and Health Management System.

Integrating these management systems will require both internal process controls as well as consistent external reporting to customers and other important stakeholders. This presentation will also discuss these challenges and explore opportunities for addressing these needs through the use of common elements of ISO management systems.

For more information on ASQ BOSTON or to register for the February meeting, please visit: http://www.asqboston.org/
For more information regarding the content of this presentation, please contact Lisa Wilk at lwilk@capaccio.com or Julie Muszalski at jmuszalski@capaccio.com.

CAPACCIO to present “Upcoming Changes to the ISO 14001 Standard” at SESHA NE/NY Mini-Conference Reply

On September 29 and 30, the New England and New York State Semiconductor Environmental Safety and Health Association (SESHA) chapters are jointly sponsoring a mini-conference in Albany, NY at SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE)/SUNY Institute of Technology (SUNYIT). SESHA is the premier Environmental, Safety & Health association serving the high technology and associated industries and provides value to its members through ongoing education and professional development.

Among the presenters at the conference will be Daniel Forsythe, CHMM, TURP, RABQSA Auditor, Practice Area Leader for the Semiconductor and Electronics sectors at Capaccio Environmental Engineering, Inc. Mr. Forsythe’s presentation, “Upcoming Changes to the ISO 14001 Standard,” will walk attendees through the proposed changes detailed in the Draft International Standard (DIS), released for public enquiry in July 2014, and how they may impact your organization. One of the most noteworthy changes is the style of the standard itself, which is being written in accordance with Annex SL – a new high level structural framework that will be common across all management systems and will provide core text, common terminology, and core definitions. The proposed changes also reflect an overall shift toward tangibly improving environmental performance rather than simply improving the management system itself. The ultimate goal is for certified organizations to produce more fundamental ‘bottom line’ reductions in key environmental impact areas such as noise, gas, and water emissions.

For the complete agenda, directions, vendor information, sponsorship information, online registration and downloadable registration forms for this event, please visit: http://seshaonline.org/regions/ssabostonc/boston.php3

If you are unable to make it to SESHA, and want to learn more about the upcoming changes to the ISO 14001 standard, you may view CAPACCIO’s recent webinar recording on this topic.
http://www.capaccio.com/Resources/Event_Recs.html
We asked our webinar attendees the reason they wanted to attend our webinar, to which they responded:

Certified to ISO 14001:2004 & Want Info on ISO 14001:2015…..61
Have an Uncertified EMS & Exploring ISO 14001:2015 Certification…..23
Do Not Have an EMS and Have Limited Knowledge of ISO 14001…..18
Other Reason…..17

Based on the responses, the majority of our webinar attendees are already registered to ISO 14001 and were attending our webinar to gain more information on the forthcoming changes. Another great majority have an uncertified EMS and are exploring ISO certification for not only its value, but also from an EHS and financial standpoint.

CAPACCIO has worked with a number of our clients to develop and implement successful EHS systems and can provide guidance on how to prepare for these changes so your firm can be ready for certification. In regard to the upcoming ISO 14001 changes, conducting a gap analysis is the best first step in identifying what needs to happen for a company’s existing system to conform to the new changes.

For more information on ISO 14001/18001 or environmental, health and safety management systems or having a gap analysis performed for your company, please contact Dan Forsythe at 508.970.0033 ext. 135 or dforsythe@capaccio.com.

A brewery & a school system – apples to apples? Reply

What could a brewing company and a school system possibly have in common? The straightforward answers are – building and energy concerns, social impacts, and costs associated with the business. While New Belgium Brewing Company, Inc. and Waltham Public Schools fall on opposite ends of the industry spectrum, they both employ management systems to address these issues.  

Like many sustainability endeavors, the story began with a grassroots effort when employees at New Belgium Brewing Company raised their environmental concerns. Aiming to be a model in the industry, the company responded by incorporating Planet Earth within its strategic planning and created a Sustainable Management System (SMS).  Similarly, the City of Waltham, Massachusetts has an Environmental Management System (EMS) for its 12 public schools, offering an elaborate energy management plan and environmental policy modeled after ISO 14001.  

Although in 2 very different industry sectors, both case studies use the same approach; as described in our previous blog, the continual approach is useful for measuring environmental impacts, setting targets and plans, establishing policy, and consistent review.  Using the same methodology also allows for the same end goal: business and environmental sustainability. 

The New Belgium Brewing Company precisely describes the importance of management systems, Transparency and authenticity are central to our culture. Authenticity means our actions match the things we say about ourselves. Transparency shines a light on our successes and our shortcoming so that our stakeholders can be the judge of our authenticity. The SMS will help us to achieve more of both.”

 For more information, please visit:

http://www.walthampublicschools.org/environpolicy.cfm

http://www.newbelgium.com/Files/SMS%204th%20edition,%202011%20for%20external%20release.pdf