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Life cycle perspective

Kindly advise, I'm having an issue with the materials life cycle assessment (requirement in ISO 14001) not sure where to start from and where is it included in the IMS toolkit

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Iciar Gallo Sep 11, 2019

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This life cycle assessment is just required by ISO 14001 during the identification of the environmental aspects and impacts. This is not required by either ISO 9001 or ISO 45001.

What you need to consider are all the environmental aspects of the activities, products and services from a life cycle perspective that your company can either control or influence. Life cycle stages include the acquisition of raw materials, design and development of a product, production, transportation and delivery, use, end of life treatment, and final disposal. Basically, your organization needs to be aware of all environmental impacts in each every stage of a product’s or service's life to manage the impacts in the best way possible.

Sometimes you won´t be able to control the environmental aspect or impact, for instance when your product is already delivered and will be disposed by the user. In this case you can opt by writing some instructions indicating how to best manage the disposal of the product by the consumer.

You can see these materials to help you with the life cycle assessment:
- Article - How does product life cycle influence environmental aspects according to ISO 14001:2015: https://advisera.com/14001academy/blog/2016/03/21/how-does-product-life-cycle-influence-environmental-aspects-according-to-iso-140012015/
- Article - Lifecycle perspective in ISO 14001:2015: what does it mean: https://advisera.com/14001academy/blog/2017/02/20/lifecycle-perspective-in-iso-140012015-what-does-it-mean/
- Book – The ISO 14001:2015 companion: https://advisera.com/books/the-iso-14001-2015-companion/
- Free on-line training – ISO 14001:2015 Foundations: https://training.advisera.com/se/iso-14001-internal-auditor-course/o-14001-foundations-course/
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