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Suggestion for closing a minor NC

"Received a minor NC but not sure how to close it out for SAI. Non-conforming situation:
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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 Feb 16, 2019
A risk matrix, as an appropriate method for determination and grading of the risks associated with identified aspects, was sighted.
The business had not described as part of the risk assessment process, a criterion to determine its significant environmental aspects.
Requirement: The organization shall determine those aspects that have or can have significant environmental impact…..by using established criteria.
Objective evidence: The identification of which aspects were deemed significant environmental aspects was not clear.”

Answer:
ISO 14001:2015, according to clause 6.1.2, requires three kinds of documents:
-a list of the determined environmental aspects and impacts;
-an explanation of the criteria used by the organization to evaluate and distinguish significative environmental aspects and impacts; and
-a list of the significative environmental aspects and impacts after applying the criteria.

According to the text, your or ganization used a risk matrix to register all determined environmental aspects.
According to the text, it is not clear what criteria were used to classify some of those environmental aspects as significant.
According to the text, it is not clear which environmental aspects have a significant environmental impact.

To correct the NC I suggest:
Develop criteria to classify environmental aspects and impacts and document it. See in this article List of mandatory documents required by ISO 14001:2015 - https://advisera.com/14001academy/blog/2019/08/27/key-iso-14001-benefits-to-customers/nowledgebase/list-of-mandatory-documents-required-by-iso-140012015/ - Criteria for evaluation of significant environmental aspects is a mandatory document
Include in the risk matrix columns where each of the criteria parameters are applied
Include in the risk matrix a column that clearly identifies if an environmental aspect is significant or not, after applying the criteria

The following material will provide you more information:
- ISO 14001 – 4 steps in identification and evaluation of environmental aspects - https://advisera.com/14001academy/knowledgebase/4-steps-in-identification-and-evaluation-of-environmental-aspects/
- ISO 14001:2015 – How to set criteria for environmental aspects evaluation - https://advisera.com/14001academy/blog/2016/10/31/iso-140012015-how-to-set-criteria-for-environmental-aspects-evaluation/
- free online training ISO 14001:2015 Foundations Course - https://training.advisera.com/se/iso-14001-internal-auditor-course/o-14001-foundations-course/
- book - THE ISO 14001:2015 COMPANION – A A Straightforward Guide to Implementing an EMS in a Small Business - https://advisera.com/books/the-iso-14001-2015-companion/
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