A guide to ISO14001 Certification: Managing and accepting risk

It’s time for the next instalment in our new blog series; Your Guide to ISO 140001 Certification. In the last post, we covered how to identify and control significant environmental risks within a business.


But what happens if you can’t manage a risk down to an acceptable level? Considering the requirements of ISO14001 your business can still operate with such risks, management just needs to be aware of the risk and accept it. The controls in place around the risk could follow a well-known concept, the Hierarchy of controls. For more on this read our blog post here. The first step in this process is trying to eliminate a risk entirely. Further up the hierarchy, it comes down to reducing the risk by finding an alternative method of doing a task that does not have the same level of risk associated with it.


What needs to be in place regarding high-level environmental risks is a procedure or steps on what actions to take if you do assess an environmental risk as high. One approach to this is when actions return a risk assessment finding as high risk seeking approval from supervisors or senior management for further on how to manage the process.


Now you’ve documented your risks and established controls around your environmental management system it is essential to manage these risks going forward. Keeping records is an essential part of getting and maintain our ISO14001 certification with many businesses adopting a register to manage these risks however you can adopt any document management process you wish.


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