Nimonik is happy to announce a brand new design for Legal Registers, otherwise known as Legal Profiles or Requirements for Compliance.
In ISO 14001:2004, 4.3.2 Legal and Other Requirements requires two key elements from an organization, broadly summarized as follows:
This is a requirement for a procedure that explains how the organization obtains information regarding its legal and other requirements, and makes that information known to key functions within the organization.
The intent of this element is to identify the environmental legal and other requirements that pertain to its operations and activities so that the organization can ensure that they are taken into account in the EMS. In doing so, the organization must also determine how these requirements apply to the significant aspects.
In the new ISO 14001:2015 (October 2014 Revision), this requirement has been moved to 6.1.3 and 9.3 and it states
6.1.3 Compliance obligations
The organization shall:
a) identify and have access to the compliance obligations related to its environmental aspects;
b) determine how these compliance obligations apply to the organization.
The organization shall maintain documented information of its compliance obligations.
9.3 Management review
Top management shall review the organization’s environmental management system, at planned intervals, to ensure its continuing suitability, adequacy and effectiveness.The management review shall include consideration of:
a) the status of actions from previous management reviews; react to the nonconformity and, as applicable:
- external and internal issues that are relevant to the environmental management system;
- compliance obligations;
- its significant environmental aspects and risk associated with threats and opportunities; the extent to which objectives have been met;
information on the organization’s environmental performance, including trends in:
- nonconformities and corrective actions;
- monitoring and measurement results;
- conformity to its compliance obligations;
- audit results;
communication(s) from external interested parties;
opportunities for continual improvement;
the adequacy of resources required for maintaining an effective environmental management system.