ISO 14001:2015 Changes – Clause 8 

8. Operation
8.1 Changes – Operational Planning and Control

  • Replaces old clause 4.4.6 on Operational Control
  • Introduces the term “life cycle perspective”
  • Adds to determine environmental requirements for procurement of products and services
  • Adds to consider providing information on potential significant environmental impacts during:
    • transportation or delivery;
    • use and end-of-life treatment;
    • final disposal of products and services.
  • Introduces the term “outsourced” process and need to define extent of control or influence
  • Adds to control “planned” changes and review consequences of “unintended” change, and to act to mitigate adverse effects
  • Adds NOTE that controls can include engineering controls and procedures, and can be implemented following a hierarchy (e.g., elimination, substitution, administrative)
8.2 Changes – Emergency Preparedness and Response

  • Basically, the same as old clause 4.4.7 on Emergency Preparedness and Response
  • Adds to act to prevent or mitigate consequences of emergency situations, appropriate to magnitude of emergency and potential environmental impact
  • Adds to provide relevant information and training to relevant interested parties and persons working under organization’s control
  • Relocates identifying potential emergencies and accidents to clauses 6.1.1 and 6.1.2.b under Actions to Address Risk and Opportunities