A guide to ISO14001 Certification: Significant Risk

It’s time for the next instalment in our new blog series; Your Guide to ISO140001 Certification. In the last post, we covered how to establish environmental controls and identifying your environmental risks. After going through this processes you should now have a selection of environmental risks with adequate controls in place to address them. From here we move onto the concept of determining if these controls have reduced to risk to an acceptable level.


Have your controls reduced the level of risk down low enough for my business determines that it is acceptable? Well, how do you determine what is acceptable? This should be determined by management. This has been codified in the updated 2015 version of the ISO14001 standard which requires top management’s buy into businesses processes and risk. What management determines as acceptable will vary greatly from business to business and industry. Outside of what management decides is an acceptable risk all that is required is to be addressed by controls is what is legally required.


What is legally required for compliance is also very specific to each individual business and their operations. Make sure that you’ve done the adequate research to ensure what is legally required for your business. This is often location specific e.g. a construction company operating in the city will have different legal requirements to those even operating in rural areas. Business operating across states also need to be mindful of the differences between


Allocating responsibility is also an essential part of the risk assessment process. There needs to a person or teams dependent on the business structure who are responsible for managing the controls around the risk and that the level of risk is maintained as acceptable. Finally, all controls placed around your environmental risks need to be documented. This is one of the few required documents for ISO14001:2015 certification. We’ve seen this done a range of different ways such as using procedures and Job Safety and environmental Analysis (JSA’s), this is particularly useful for those who have or are thinking about safety certification.