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ISO 14001 EMS Internal Audit

Please help I am conducting an internal audit in my organization and would like to know how to structure relevant questions per clause. It is the first time I do the audit, so I need help with what questions to ask for clauses 4 to 10 for an Automotive Manufacturing Company.

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Carlos Pereira da Cruz Feb 01, 2021

Unfortunately, I cannot provide you a list of questions to ask for clauses 4 to 10. For that we have this - ISO 14001 document template: Internal Audit Checklist - https://advisera.com/14001academy/documentation/internal-audit-checklist/

Why do you have to do an internal audit starting from clauses 4 to 10? Yes, ISO 14001 is one of your audit criteria, but what is the purpose of your audit, to evaluate conformity with the standard? Or is it to evaluate conformance with procedures and instructions? If it is to evaluate conformity with the standard you are right, you should use the clauses, and you can do a desk audit checking documentation to evaluate the design of the system. If it is to evaluate conformity with procedures and instructions, then please follow my advise in slides 10 and 11 in this free webinar on-demand about – How to perform an ISO 14001:2015 internal audit - https://advisera.com/14001academy/webinar/how-to-perform-an-iso-14001-2015-internal-audit-free-webinar-on-demand/ - check how I start from something concrete like a process to handle wastes. You can start from a process, or you can start from a department. For example, you pick a department and then list all its relevant aspects and impacts, and procedures and instructions. Read the documentation and start asking the questions I make in the webinar.

You can find practical information in the links below:

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Phile Magwaza Feb 02, 2021

Thank you very much for your reply, the webiner is very helpfull. I now have an idea of what questions to ask during audit. Audit criteria is for both evaluation conformity of the STD and also conformity to procedures. one question is an EMS manual a mandatory document? 

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Carlos Pereira da Cruz Feb 02, 2021

No, an EMS manual is not a mandatory document. Please check this article - List of mandatory documents required by ISO 14001:2015 - https://advisera.com/14001academy/blog/og/2019/08/27/key-iso-14001-benefits-to-customers/nowledgebase/list-of-mandatory-documents-required-by-iso-140012015/

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