ISO 14001 in Plain Language, our type of site

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Just came across a great plain language version of ISO 14001:2004, definitely our cup of tea.

For example, the plain language version of the two sections relevant to Nimonik (section 4.3.2 and 4.5.2) are clearer, though slightly longer, than the official version.

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Official ISO 14001 version:

4.3.2 Legal and other requirements

The organization shall establish, implement and maintain a procedure(s)

  • to identify and have access to the applicable legal requirements and other requirements to which the organization subscribes related to its environmental aspects, and
  • to determine how these requirements apply to its environmental aspects.

The organization shall ensure that these applicable legal requirements and other requirements to which the
organization subscribes are taken into account in establishing, implementing and maintaining its environmental
management system.

4.5.2 Evaluation of compliance

4.5.2.1 Consistent with its commitment to compliance, the organization shall establish, implement and maintain a procedure(s) for periodically evaluating compliance with applicable legal requirements.

The organization shall keep records of the results of the periodic evaluations.

4.5.2.2 The organization shall evaluate compliance with other requirements to which it subscribes. The organization may wish to combine this evaluation with the evaluation of legal compliance referred to in 4.5.2.1 or to establish a separate procedure(s).
The organization shall keep records of the results of the periodic evaluations.

Plain Language version:

4.3.2 Clarify legal and other requirements.

  1. Establish procedures to identify and clarify the legal and other requirements that apply to your organization’s environmental aspects.
  • Implement procedures to identify and clarify the legal and other requirements that apply to your environmental aspects.
  • Maintain procedures to identify and clarify the legal and other requirements that apply to your environmental aspects.

4.5.2 Evaluate legal and other compliance.

4.5.2.1 Evaluate compliance with legal requirements.

  1. Establish a procedure to periodically evaluate how well your organization complies with all relevant legal environmental requirements.
  • Implement a procedure to periodically evaluate how well your organization complies with all relevant legal environmental requirements.
  • Maintain a procedure to periodically evaluate how well your organization complies with all relevant legal environmental requirements.
  1. Record the results of your organization’s legal environmental compliance evaluations.

4.5.2.2 Evaluate compliance with other requirements.

  • Implement a procedure to periodically evaluate how well your organization complies with other environmental requirements.
  • Maintain a procedure to periodically evaluate how well your organization complies with other environmental requirements.
  1. Record the results of your organization’s other environmental compliance evaluations.
  • Establish a procedure to periodically evaluate how well your organization complies with other environmental requirements.