This template is designed to be used to perform a self-audit in accordance with requirements of ISO 14001:2015 for environmental management systems (EMS).
Requirements are presented in the form of tasks with form fields to record various information about the status of each of the 10 high level clauses as outlined in the Annex SL standard for management systems:
- Normative references
- Terms and definitions
- Context of the organisation
- Performance evaluation
These clauses are then further broken down into the Plan, Do, Check, or Act segments of the PDCA cycle.
This checklist can be used as an effective tool for implementing the environmental management system and for self-assessment of the system.
Self-auditing can help to define a high-level overview of an organization's performance, and determine the effectiveness (or not) of its various management systems.
What's more, it can help to identify problem areas and successfully apply principles of continuous improvement.
Self-auditing is best used as a tool to discover the potential opportunities for innovation and continuous improvement; it is not a replacement for a 3rd party CB (Certified Body) audit and will not necessarily result in an ISO certification.
This checklist was designed to factor in repeat audits, so that continuous improvement principles could be applied over the course of multiple audits, with each successive audit contributing to the inputs of the next.
The framework outlined in this checklist can be used as is, or edited and customized to suit your specific needs.
Guidelines for success
In order to maximise the success of the organization, consider the following audit guidelines:
- Prioritizing and fulfilling the needs and expectations of interested parties
- Establishing and maintaining beneficial relationships with relevant interested parties where possible, and constantly seeking to develop new beneficial relationships.
- Utilizing policies, strategies, and objectives to further business goals
- Effectively and efficiently managing resources with regard to business processes
- Adequately collecting and assessing metrics of performance within the organization
- Constantly seeking to identify and implement improvements across the organization
- Enforcing a company culture based on trust, transparency, and worker empowerment
Performance can be reviewed against the criteria outlined here and in this checklist, ultimately identifying current "maturity" levels with the goal of outlining strengths, weaknesses, risks, and opportunities.
For more ISO-related templates for various management systems (quality management, environmental management, etc.) we have the following resources available for you to use:
- ISO 9000 Structure Template
- ISO 9000 Marketing Procedures
- ISO 14001 EMS Structure Template
- ISO 14001 EMS Mini-Manual Procedures
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