ISO 14001 The Environmental Standard, Revision
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Readers of my blog might remember I reported that the
revision of this Environmental Standard was due to be completed in 2014
and the new Standard would be named ISO 14001:2014.
ISO received a vast number of comments following the release of the
first committee draft and some serious revisions would have to be made
if the Standard was to have been universally accepted. Some of the
comments were not particularly complimentary.
This has meant that the final issue has been put back to
2015. This will give the ISO committee time to consider all the
comments raised and incorporate these into the revised Standard.
The Environment and Environmental issues are very much in
the public eye at the moment with scientists putting forward the view
that mankind has been responsible for the climate change and resulting
extreme weather conditions we have all experienced.
Getting the Standard ready for the rest of the 21st century
is vital if we are to limit further damage to the environment. Clearly
it must also be readily adopted by companies across the world to be
effective. Setting unrealistic targets will be counter-productive.
Editors will note that ISO 9001 is also to be published in
2015, so it will be an interesting year.
About the Author
Chris Eden FIBC, MISSA, ACQI is a director
Matters Limited an established independent
management consultancy based in Essex.
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