The key changes in ISO/DIS 14001 are summarized as follows:
- An increased prioritization on environmental management as part of the organization's overall planning process allows the organization to act earlier and more effectively.
- Similarly, assigning responsibilities to members of the organization's leadership aligns with the previous change by making sure that somebody is devoting attention to the matter.
- Proactive initiatives to protect the environment are promoted, further feeding into the first change
- A shift in emphasis from the improvement of the management system itself to the improvement of environmental performance.
- Lifecycle consideration becomes an issue, with attention paid to sourcing, use, and end-of-life treatment or disposal.
- Communication strategy development looks at both internal communication, with reliable information for updates and suggestions to be exchanged, and external communication, to the public or regulatory agencies.
- Documentation changes address the progress of computer technology and the new options and opportunities allowed.
- Annex SL is a new common structure shared by other ISO management standards, most notably the under-revision ISO/DIS 9001:2015, that seeks to align them to ease implementation of multiple management standards by a single organization.
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