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Identifying aspects and impacts

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ISO 14001 DOCUMENTATION TOOLKIT

Step-by-step implementation for smaller companies.

ISO 14001 DOCUMENTATION TOOLKIT

Step-by-step implementation for smaller companies.

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Carlos Pereira da Cruz Feb 04, 2019
How to identify aspects & impacts department wise. e.g Quality, Purchase, assembly, store etc.
It will be good if you explain through example.”

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When working with an organization, during the environmental assessment of aspects and impacts I use two ways:

Check the processes; and
Check the locations.

By checking the process, I mean: draw a flowchart of what is being done and start to list aspects first and then potential impacts. To list potential impacts, one has to walk and visit the shop floor because impacts depend on the real situation.

By checking the location, I mean: walk through the installation, walk through the facilities and see what the present condition is, and if there is any situation, independent of processes that can be related with aspects and impacts.

For example, I’m implementing a management system in a company that builds steel structures. An initial flowchart allowed us to draw this first list of aspects.https://www.screencast.com/t/SjFDTYLimV
When I went to their warehouse, I saw that there was a leaking water tap, that there were several liquids in drums without prevention against leaks and spills, I saw that different kinds of wastes were being mixed together.

The following material will provide you information about assessment of environmental interactions:
- ISO 14001 – 4 steps in identification and evaluation of environmental aspects - https://advisera.com/14001academy/knowledgebase/4-steps-in-identification-and-evaluation-of-environmental-aspects/
- List of ISO 14001 implementation steps - https://advisera.com/14001academy/knowledgebase/list-of-iso-14001-implementation-steps/
- free online training ISO 14001:2015 Foundations Course - https://training.advisera.com/course/iso-14001-foundations-course/
- book - THE ISO 14001:2015 COMPANION – A A Straightforward Guide to Implementing an EMS in a Small Business - https://advisera.com/books/the-iso-14001-2015-companion/
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