I am trying to conduct internal audits of our EMS using the Environmental Manual. The manual consists of each section (eg: 4.2 Environmental Policy) and a summary of requirements. This is then followed by a statement made by ourselves. My question is, when conducting an audit on, for example, 4.2 (as above) am I looking to ensure we are meeting the points set out in the summary of requirements, or the points set out in the statement?
Also, would it be more effective to respond to each point individually, or write a statement that covers all of the points?
EMS (Environmental Management System) needs to address all requirements of the standard in order to be compliant with ISO 14001. The purpose of the internal audit is to check whether all these requirements are met. Meeting requirements of the standard includes also the rules and procedures that the company prescribed in order to enhance effectiveness of the EMS, so you need to check not only the documents defined by the standard but also the additional documents and record s your company included in the EMS.
When it comes to auditing, it is better to audit requirement by requirement f the standard and see if the documents and activities meet those requirements. Maybe the manual is not fully compliant with the standard and if you audit only according to the manual, you might miss so check some requirements. It is crucial to check all requirements, but you do not have to write statements for each requirement.