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    ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems (EMS)

    Course Summary

    • The purpose of ISO 14001:2015 is to provide organizations with a framework for responding to evolving environmental and socio-economic needs. It details the processes that enable an organization to achieve its Environmental Management objectives.
    • In this course, delegates will go step-by-step through the ISO 14001:2015 standard to be able to identify, control, and monitor the environmental aspects of their organization and ensure its sustainable development.
    Course Objective
    Delegates will be able to know
    • Importance, benefits, and challenges of an ISO 14001:2015 EMS
    • The framework of ISO 14001:2015 
    • Main concepts: process approach, Plan-Do-Check-Act, lifecycle perspective, aspects and impacts
    • A typical framework for implementing ISO 14001:2015 following the PDCA cycle
    • The key concepts and requirements of ISO 14001:2015 from an implementation perspective
    • Specific documented information requirements of ISO 14001:2015
    • Implementing  key concepts of ISO 14001:2015
    • Conducting a baseline review of an organization’s current position with regard to regard to ISO 14001:2015
    • Classroom with Theoretical and Practical exercises
    The following points shall be discussed in the course:
    • How an Environmental Management System (EMS) is understood as a set of processes and practices enables an organization to reduce its environmental impacts and increase its operating efficiency.
    • The Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) cycle for process improvement as the basic framework for ISO 14001:2015
    • ISO 14001:2015 framework, terms and definitions, processes and resources.
    • Principles of Internal Auditing
    • Gap Analysis: Fundamentals, principles, and application criteria 
    • Leadership, Commitment, and Accountability
    • Competences required by the EMS

    Day 1

    Day 1
    Course Overview

    • Fundamentals of Environmental Management System (EMS)
    • Benefits and challenges of implementing an EMS
    • Risk-Based Approach (RBA) and Process Thinking Approach
    • The Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) model
    • Normalization of Deviance
    • Environmental Culture in the Organization
    • International Regulations and Resources (EPA, BSEE, API)
    • A brief history of ISO 14001:2015
    Clause-by-Clause Analysis of ISO 14001:2015
    0. Introduction
    1. Scope
    2. Normative References   
    3. Terms and definitions
    3.1 Organization and leadership
    3.3 Support and operation
    3.4 Performance evaluation and improvement
    3.2 Planning

    • Workshop: Environmental Culture of the Organization - Gap Analysis Self assessment
    •  Activity: Personal Action Plan

    Day 2

    Day 2
    Day 1 Review
    Clause-by-Clause Analysis of ISO 14001:2015
    4. Context of the Organization

    • 4.1 Understanding the organization and its context
    • 4.2 Understanding the needs and expectations of interested parties.                 
    • 4.3 Determining the scope of the EMS
    • 4.4 Environmental Management System
    • Internal and External Issues affecting the performance and outcomes of the EMS.
    • Stakeholders of the EMS: Definition, identification, and legal relevancy.
    • EMS Scope: Boundaries and applicability, and area of influence.
    • Workshop: Context of the Organization - Gap Analysis Self assessment
    • Activity: Personal Action Plan
    5. Leadership
    • 5.1 Leadership and Commitment
    • 5.2 Environmental Policy
    • 5.3 Organizational Roles, responsibilities, and authorities.                
    • Leadership, Commitment, and Accountability: Definitions, Roles, Responsibilities in the EMS
    • Responsibilities Matrix in the EMS
    • Accountability Matrix in the EMS
    • Visible Behavior at each level of the organization.
    • Business Approach for the EMS: Policies, Mission, Vision, Objectives, and Targets
    • Document Hierarchy: Policies, Standards, Guidelines, Procedures, and Resources
    • Policy Statement: Requirements to meet.
    • Workshop: Leadership - Gap Analysis Self assessment
    • Activity: Personal Action Plan
    6. Planning
    • 6.1 Actions to address risks and opportunities
    • 6.1.1 General
    • 6.1.2. Environmental Aspects
    • 6.1.3. Compliance Obligations
    • 6.1.4. Planning Actions
    • 6.2. Environmental objectives and planning to  achieve them
    • 6.2.1. Environmental Objectives
    • 6.2.2. Planning actions to achieve environmental objectives
    • Risk-Based Approach (RBA)
    • SWOT Analysis: Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats to achieve EMS desired outcomes.
    • MOC: Management of Change process to face abnormal conditions and reasonably foreseeable emergency situations.
    • Resources: Emergency Response, Crisis Management, and Business Continuity.
    • SMART: EMS Objectives - Leading and Lagging performance indicators.
    • Workshop: Planning - Gap Analysis Self assessment
    • Activity: Personal Action Plan

    Day 3

    Day 3
    Day 2 Review
    Clause-by-Clause Analysis of ISO 14001:2015
    7. Support

    • 7.1 Resources
    • 7.2 Competence
    • 7.3. Awareness
    • 7.4 Communication
    • 7.4.1. General
    • 7.4.2. Internal Communication
    • 7.4.3. External Communication
    • 7.5 Documented Information
    • 7.5.1. General
    • 7.5.2. Creating and Updating
    • 7.5.3. Control of Documented Information
    • Support: External and Internal resources. 
    • Competences Chart: Definitions, levels, assessment criteria, career path.
    • Communication: definitions, audiences, strategies, plans, resources, and monitoring.
    • Information Management: Standards, Learned lessons, and legal compliance. 
    • Workshop: Support - Gap Analysis Self assessment
    • Activity: Personal Action Plan
    8. Operation
    • 8.1 Operational Planning and Control
    • 8.2 Emergency preparedness and response
    • Hazard Identification
    • Risk Management using the Hierarchy of control
    • Management of Change Flow Chart
    • Outsourcing, Procurement, and Contractors – Contracts Modes.
    • Control Measures: Definition, levels, and criteria of compliance.
    • Emergency Preparedness Assessment and Response Plans: Definitions, resources, and success criteria
    • Workshop: Operation - Gap Analysis Self assessment
    • Activity: Personal Action Plan

    Day 4

    Day 4
    Day 3 Review
    Clause-by-Clause Analysis of ISO 14001:2015
    9. Performance Evaluation

    • 9.1 Monitoring, measurement, analysis, evaluation
    • 9.1.1. General
    • 9.1.2. Evaluation and Compliance
    • 9.2 Internal Audit
    • 9.2.1. General
    • 9.2.2. Internal Audit Programme
    • 9.3 Management Review
    • Monitoring – Performance Indicators and Operational Metrics
    • Performance Evaluation: Fundamentals, success criteria, and processes.
    • Methods, tools, and frequency of compliance evaluations.
    • International standards and regulations 
    • Internal audit: principles, resources, and methods. 
    • Management review: agenda, methods, resources, inputs, and outputs.
    • Workshop: Performance Evaluation - Gap Analysis Self assessment 
    • Activity: Personal Action Plan

    Day 5

    Day 5
    Day 4 Review
    Clause-by-Clause Analysis of ISO 14001:2015

    10. Improvement

    • 10.1 General
    • 10.2 Nonconformity and corrective action
    • 10.3 Continual Improvement
    • Nonconformities: definitions and identification criteria.
    • Corrective actions: definitions, generating-executing-monitoring-documenting results.
    • Continual Improvement: Principles and methods to develop a new environmental culture.
    • Workshop: Improvement - Gap Analysis Self assessment 
    • Activity: Personal Action Plan
    • Annex A Guidance on the use of this International Standard
    • Annex B Correspondence between ISO 14001:2015 and ISO 14001:2004
    • Annex SL The high-level structure for modern ISO standards
    • High-Reliability Organizations (HRO’s) 
    • The certification process 
    • Course Summary
    • Personal Action Plans Review
    • Closure of the course

    • Anyone involved in the planning, implementing, maintaining, supervising, or auditing of an ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems.
    • Nominated candidates who are responsible for the management & implementation of ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems.

    • Fundamentals of Environmental Management System (EMS).
    • Risk-Based Approach (RBA) and Process Thinking Approach. 
    • The Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) cycle and Annex SL. 
    • Normalization of Deviance.
    • Environmental Culture in the Organization.
    • International Regulations and Resources (EPA, BSEE, API).
    • A brief history of ISO 14001:2015.
    • Principles of Internal Auditing.
    • Visibility of Leadership, Commitment, and Accountability, the omnipresent success factor in the EMS.
    • The competence development path of the staff responsible for the EMS.
    • ISO 14001:2015 Gap Analysis/Self-assessment.


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