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ISO 14001 and COVID-19 emergency

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ISO 14001 and COVID-19 emergency

How is the COVID-19 emergency managed by the ISO 14001 system, or better, must it be managed in the system documentation if you provide documents?
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Carlos Pereira da Cruz Apr 20, 2020

COVID-19 in itself has nothing to do with ISO 14001. COVID-19 affects humans not the environment. What can happen is that due to COVID-19 new kinds of wastes can appear, and new waste segregation rules may be applied.

For example:

  • Are there any recommendations or changes about rules for disposing existing wastes?
  • How to treat new wastes like used masks and gloves?
  • Use of disposable cups and other single use materials?

In any of these situations one may have to determine:

  • New environmental aspects and impacts;
  • New or revised procedures for sorting and identifying wastes;
  • New waste operators for contaminated wastes.

Even if your organization does not provide documented procedures it must provide training in the new practices.

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