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Strahinja Stojanovic Mar 27, 2018

I have a question about ISO 14001:2015 – item 6.1.1 and 6.1.2

In accordance with the 6.1.2:
1. Define Aspects
2. Estimate them by established criteria and I received Significant Aspects

And that is all.

There is Note: that significant aspects CAN result risk and opportunities.
During the certification audit – Auditor requires THAT: To each aspect MUST BE added risk and opportunity in accordance with the 6.1.1. I do not agree with that Auditor interpretation. In my opinion:

In accordance with 6.1.1 I must prepare managing of the Environmental Processes (a little bit like 4.4 of ISO 9001:2015 – eg. Turtle Diagram). To that Environmental Process – I prepare risk and opportunities which ARE to environmental activities – estimate etc.
Is above clear? What is your opinion? – to what I must prepare risks and estimate them?

Answer:

The standard requires organization to determine risks and opportunities related to environmental aspects, compliance obligations and other issues and requirements regarding the context and interested parties. This doesn't mean that every environmental aspect needs to have risk and opportunity.

It is not enough to identify risks and opportunities related only to the environmental activities, because the standard requires organization to identify risks and opportunities to ensure effectiveness of the QMS, prevent, or reduce desired effects and achieve continual improvement. This includes determining risks and opportunities related to environmental aspects. For most of the significant environmental aspect you can identify risk related to not establishing or not following operational controls. But you don't have to do this for every environmental aspect you have.

For more information, see: ISO 14001 risks and opportunities vs. environmental aspects https://advisera.com/14001academy/blog/2016/06/06/iso-14001-risks-and-opportunities-vs-environmental-aspects/
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