ISO 14001:2015 Audit Checklist
Manufacturing
Audit your Environmental Management System for compliance with ISO 14001:2015. Check your EMS meets ISO standards.
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ISO 14001: 2015 Audit

Introduction

Please complete all sections starting immediately below. This internal self-assessment will evaluate the compliance of your Environmental Management System with ISO 14001:2015. Remember to attach evidence to items where required, and to sign off and complete this assessment at the end.

4.1 General requirements

Has the organization established and maintained an environmental management system consistent with the requirements contained in ISO 14001?
Yes
No
N/A

4.2 Environmental Policy

Has top management defined the organization’s environmental policy?
Yes
No
N/A
Is the environmental policy appropriate to the nature, scale, and environmental impacts of the organization’s activities, products, or services?
Yes
No
N/A
Does the environmental policy include a commitment to continual improvement and prevention of pollution?
Yes
No
N/A
Does the environmental policy include a commitment to comply with relevant environmental legislation and regulations and with other requirements to which the organization subscribes?
Yes
No
N/A
Does the environmental policy provide a framework for setting and reviewing environmental objectives and targets?
Yes
No
N/A
Is the environmental policy documented,implemented, and maintained and communicated to all employees?
Yes
No
N/A
Is the environmental policy available to the public?
Yes
No
N/A

4.3 PLANNING

4.3.1 Environmental aspects

Has the organization established and maintained (a) procedure(s) to identify the environmental aspects of its activities,products, or services that it can control and over which it can be expected to have an influence?
Yes
No
N/A
Has the organization determined which of its aspects have a significant impact on the environment?
Yes
No
N/A
Has the organization ensured that its aspects and related significant impacts are considered in setting its environmental objectives?
No
N/A
Yes
Does the organization periodically update information regarding its aspects and significant impacts?
N/A
Yes
No

4.3.2 Legal and other requirements

Has the organization established and maintained a procedure to identify and have access to legal and other requirements to which the organization subscribes, that are applicable to the environmental aspects of its activities, products, or services?
Yes
No
N/A

4.3.3 Objectives and targets

Has the organization established and maintained documented environmental objectives and targets, at each relevant function and level within the organization?
Yes
No
N/A
Has the organization, when establishing and reviewing its objectives, considered:The legal and other requirements?Its significant environmental aspects?Its technological options?Its financial, operational, and businessrequirements?The views of interested parties?
Yes
No
N/A
Are the organization’s objectives and targets consistent with its environmental policy, including the commitment to the prevention of pollution?
Yes
No
N/A

4.3.4 Environmental management program(s)

Has the organization established and maintained environmental management program(s) for achieving its objectives and targets?
Yes
No
N/A
Do environmental management program(s) designate responsibility for achieving objectives and targets at each relevant function and level of the organization?
Yes
No
N/A
Do environmental management program(s) define the means and timeframe by which they are to be achieved?
Yes
No
N/A
Are environmental management program(s) reviewed and changed when appropriate if new or modified activities, products, or services are implemented in the organization?
Yes
No
N/A

4.4 Implementation and Operation

4.4.1 Structure and responsibility

Has the organization defined, documented, and communicated the roles, responsibilities, and authorities to facilitate effective environmental management? How is this done?
Yes
No
N/A
Has management provided resources essential to the implementation and control the environmental management system?
Yes
No
N/A
Resources include human resources and specialized skills, technology, and financialresources?
Yes
No
N/A
Has the organization’s top management appointed (a) specific management representative(s) who irrespective of other responsibilities, has defined roles, responsibilities, and authority to:Ensure that the environmental management system (EMS) requirements are established, implemented, and maintained in accordance with this International Standard.Report on the performance of the EMS to top management for review and as a basis for improvement of the EMS.
Yes
No
N/A

4.4.2 Training, awareness and competence

Has the organization identified the training needs for all personnel whose work may create a significant impact upon the environment? How is this done?
Yes
No
N/A
Has the organization established and maintained procedure to make it employees at each relevant function aware of:
Yes
No
N/A
The importance of conformance with the environmental policy and procedures and with the requirement of the environmental management system (EMS)?
Yes
No
N/A
The significant environmental impacts, actual or potential, of their work activities and the environmental benefits of improved personal performance?
Yes
No
N/A
Their roles and responsibilities in achieving conformance with the environmental policy and procedures and with the requirements of the EMS, including emergency preparedness and response requirements?
Yes
No
N/A
The potential consequences of departure from specified operating procedure?
Yes
No
N/A
How does the organization ensure that personnel performing tasks which can cause significant environmental impacts are competent on the basis of appropriate education, training, and/or experience?
Yes
No
N/A

4.4.3 Communication

Regarding its environmental aspects and environmental management system, has the organization established and maintained procedures to ensure:Internal communication between the various levels and functions of the organization?Proper receiving, documenting, and responding to relevant communication from external interested parities?
Yes
No
N/A
Has the organization considered its process(es) for external communication on its significant environmental aspects and recorded its decision?
Yes
No
N/A

4.4.4 Environmental management system documentation

Has the organization established and maintained information in paper or electronic form to:Describe the core elements of the management system and their interaction?Provide direction to related documentation?
Yes
No
N/A

4.4.5 Document control

Has the organization established and maintained procedures for controlling all documents required by this International Standard to ensure:
Yes
No
N/A
They can be located?
Yes
No
N/A
They are periodically reviewed, revised as necessary, and approved for adequacy by authorized personnel?
Yes
No
N/A
The current versions of relevant documents are available at all locations where operations essential to the effective functioning of the environmental management system are performed?
Yes
No
N/A
Obsolete documents are promptly removed from all points of issue and points of use, or otherwise assured against unintended use?
Yes
No
N/A
Any obsolete documents are retained for legal and/or knowledge preservation purposes are suitably identified?
Yes
No
N/A
Are the organization’s documents legible, dated (with dates of revision), and readily identifiable, maintained in an orderly manner and retained for a specified period?
Yes
No
N/A
Has the organization established and maintained procedures and responsibilities concerning the creation and modification of the various types of documents?
Yes
No
N/A

4.4.6 Operational control

Has the organization identified those operations and activities that are associated with the identified significant environmental aspects in line with its policy, objectives, and targets?
Yes
No
N/A
Has the organization planned these activities, including maintenance, in order to ensure that they are carried out under specified conditions by:Establishing and maintaining documented procedures to cover situations where their absence could lead to deviations from the environmental policy and the objectives and targets?Stipulating operation criteria in the procedures?Establishing and maintaining procedures related to the identifiable significant environmental aspects of goods and services used by the organization and communicating relevant procedure and requirements to suppliers and contractors?
Yes
No
N/A

4.4.7 Emergency preparedness and response

Has the organization established and maintained procedures to identify potential for and respond to accidents and emergency situations, and for preventing and mitigating the environmental impacts that may be associated with them?
Yes
No
N/A
Has the organization reviewed and revised, where necessary, its emergency preparedness and response procedure, in particular, after the occurrence of accidents or emergency situations?
Yes
No
N/A
Has the organization periodically tested such procedures where practicable?
Yes
No
N/A

4.5 Checking and Corrective Action

4.5.1 Monitoring and measurement

Has the organization established and maintained documented procedures to monitor and measure, on a regular basis, the key characteristics of its operations and activities that can have a significant impact on the environment?
Yes
No
N/A
Does the monitoring and measurement include the recording of information to track performance, relevant operational controls and conformance with the organization’s environmental objectives and targets?
Yes
No
N/A
Does the organization calibrate equipment and maintain records according to the organization’s procedures?
Yes
No
N/A
Has the organization established and maintained a documented procedure for periodically evaluating compliance with relevant environmental legislation and regulations?
Yes
No
N/A

4.5.2 Nonconformance and corrective and preventive action

Has the organization established and maintained procedures for defining responsibility and authority for handling and investigating non conformance, taking action to mitigate any impacts caused, and for initiating and completing corrective and preventive action?
Yes
No
N/A
When corrective and preventive actions are taken to eliminate the causes of actual and potential non conformances, are they appropriate to the magnitude or problems and commensurate with the environmental impact encountered?
Yes
No
N/A
Has the organization implemented and recorded any changes in the documented procedures resulting from corrective and preventive action?
Yes
No
N/A

4.5.3 Records

Has the organization established and maintained procedures for the identification, maintenance, and disposition of environmental records, including:Training records?The results of audits (EMS audits)?The results of reviews (Management Reviews)?
Yes
No
N/A
Are the organization’s records legible, identifiable, and traceable to the activity, product, or service involved?
Yes
No
N/A
Are the environmental records stored and maintained in such a way that they are readily retrievable and protected against damage, deterioration, or loss?
Yes
No
N/A
Are the retention times for records established and recorded?
Yes
No
N/A
Are records maintained, as appropriate to the system and to the organization, to demonstrated conformance to the requirements of this International Standard?
Yes
No
N/A

4.5.4 Environmental management system audit

Has the organization established and maintained program(s) and procedure(s) for periodic environmental management system audits to be carried out in order to:-Determine whether or not the environmental management system conforms to planned arrangements for environmental management including the requirements of this International ---Standard and has been properly implemented and maintained?Provide information on the results of audits to management?
Yes
No
N/A
Is the organization’s audit program, including any schedule, based on the environmental importance of the activity concerned and the results of previous audits?
Yes
No
N/A
Do the audit procedure cover the audit scope, frequency, and methodologies, as well as the responsibilities and requirements for conducting audits and reporting results?
Yes
No
N/A

4.6 Management Review

Does the organization’s top management, at intervals it determines, review the environmental management system to ensure its continuing suitability and effectiveness?
Yes
No
N/A
Does the management review process ensure that the necessary information is collected to allow management to carry out this evaluation?
Yes
No
N/A
Are the management reviews documented?
Yes
No
N/A
Does each management review address the possible need for changes to policy, objectives, and other elements of the environmental management system, in the light of:Environment management system audit results?Changing circumstances?The commitment to continual improvement?
Yes
No
N/A

Sign Off

I, the undersigned, confirm this audit took place and was completed accurately.

Signature

Full name and signature of auditor
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