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6.1.2.b Environmental aspects / condition

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6.1.2.b Environmental aspects / condition

We were recently audited for ISO14001:2015. one of the findings is with regards to environmental aspect & condition. our question is when can an environmental aspect be considered an abnormal condition or normal condition. example of our environmental aspect is the use of electricity of natural resources, generation of noise (stamping process), etc.
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Carlos Pereira da Cruz Nov 22, 2019

Consider this situation:

https://www.screencast.com/users/ccruz5284/folders/Default/media/7f1a65de-bdc4-4dcf-a40f-9d4bcab5d1b6

Impact under normal, most likely, most frequent condition.

Unfortunately, due to a malfunction, or a breakdown, things that we cannot forecast, the situation can become like this:

https://www.screencast.com/users/ccruz5284/folders/Default/media/287298f8-c001-4238-846d-ff44d7fe13f8

I use as criteria for abnormality, frequency and not being able to forecast. For example, starting a boiler is different from keeping a boiler working. Emissions are different, due to different burning regime, but starting a boiler can be forecasted, it is not an abnormality.

The following material will provide you more information about aspects and impacts:

- Article - 4 steps in identification and evaluation of environmental aspects - https://advisera.com/14001academy/knowledgebase/4-steps-in-identification-and-evaluation-of-environmental-aspects/
- Environmental aspect identification and classification - https://advisera.com/14001academy/blog/2019/08/27/key-iso-14001-benefits-to-customers/nowledgebase/environmental-aspect-identification-and-classification/
- Free webinar - Free webinar - ISO 14001: Identification and evaluation of environmental aspects - https://advisera.com/14001academy/webinar/iso-14001-identification-and-evaluation-of-environmental-aspects-free-webinar-on-demand/
- Enroll for free in this course – ISO 14001:2015 Foundations Course - https://advisera.com/training/iso-14001-internal-auditor-course/
Book – The ISO 14001:2015 Companion - https://advisera.com/books/the-iso-14001-2015-companion/
 

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Can you please elaborate Abnormal, Emeregency

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Carlos Pereira da Cruz Nov 07, 2022

ISO 14001:2015 does not include definitions for emergency or abnormal operation.

I use the term abnormal for situations different from normal operation. For example,

  • During start or shutdown of an operation (during start or shutdown of a boiler, air emissions are very different from during normal operation)
  • During a shift change over or during out of hours operation
  • During the operation with inexperienced people or a machine breakdown 

Although abnormal the environmental impact is not severe.

I use the term emergency for an unplanned situation with severe environmental impact.

A machine break down is unplanned, and environmental impacts are severe (we have an emergency situation ) or not severe (we have an abnormal situation)

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