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Nonconformity detection process

May I know, when implementing ISO 14001, how can I implement an in-process nonconformity detection process?

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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 May 14, 2020

Remember, when ISO 14001 speaks of nonconformity, the requirements refer to the nonconformity of a process with respect to the environmental aspects associated with that process. So, you must start with determining and classifying your organization’s environmental aspects and impacts. From there your organization:

  • Design monitoring activities (water discharge quality, air emissions, amounts of wastes, …);
  • Develop procedures and instructions to guide behavior.
     

Now, you can use the risk-based approach. For each of these actions your organization can ask:

  • What can go wrong?
  • Is it relevant?
  • Can we do something to prevent it from happening?
  • Can we do something to detect if it happens? 

Whenever your detection scheme, your control activities, find something wrong from that list you have a nonconformity. Your organization may develop a central procedure to handle all environmental nonconformities or may have rules inserted in each monitoring plan or procedure/instruction about how to handle each specific environmental nonconformity. For example:

  • What to do when air emission quality is noncompliant with legislation or permit?
  • What to do when employees are not segregating wastes?
     

Please consider the following information:

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