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Practical Environmental Aspect Determination (Based on ISO 14001:2015)

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Determination of environmental aspects is one of the main elements of strategic planning as well as the foundation for an ISO 14001 Environmental Management System (EMS). Understanding of the organization’s environmental aspects is essential to determine what actions are required and how stringent the controls need to be implemented in order to mitigate the impact to the environment. The measurable results from management of the aspects will contribute to the organization’s environmental performance.
The third edition of the standard, ISO 14001:2015 requires an organisation to consider a life cycle perspective of its products and services in its environmental aspects determination. This standard also requires an organisation to take into consideration the context of the organization and the needs and requirements of interested parties.

Once the significant environmental aspects have been determined, they will be further analysed to determine their risks and opportunities and to prioritise the actions needed. The actions will be translated into environmental improvement programme or incorporated into operational control or emergency preparedness and response processes.

This training course will provide an understanding of the environmental aspects relating to the activities, products and services of an organization and a practical method to document the information and to analyse which ones are significant.  The course will also explain the relationship of the aspects to compliance obligations and the associated risks and opportunities.

This training aims to provide delegates with:
  • a practical approach to determine the environmental aspects of their organization’s activities, products and services, considering a life-cycle perspective
  • the methodology for determining potentially significant environmental aspects with both adverse and beneficial impacts
  • understanding how the aspects relate to the compliance obligations
  • understand how the aspects are linked to the risks and opportunities and how to incorporate the actions into the organizations’ processes

Upon completion of the training, delegates will be able to:
  • Understand the process for determination of environmental aspects and how to evaluate significant impacts;
  • Understand how to determine risks and opportunities relating to significant aspects
  • Have the skill to conduct a practical determination of environmental aspects


  • Overview of Strategic Planning in EMS
    • Understanding the organization’s business environment
    • Processes needed for EMS, core business and their interaction
    • Internal and external influences
    • Needs and requirements of interested parties
    • The intended outcomes of the EMS
    • The process for determination of environmental aspects
    • Preparation and resources required for determination of environmental aspects
  • Identification of activities, products and services
    • Understanding the activities, products and services with input from
      • Context of the organization
      • Needs and requirements of interested parties
    • Life cycle perspective
  • Determination of environmental aspect and impact
    • Definition of environmental aspect and impact
    • Operating conditions
    • Determination of environmental aspect
    • Understanding of site characteristics
    • Determination of environmental impact
  • Methodology and criteria to evaluate significance
    • Understanding significance relating to severity & duration of exposure
    • Understanding significance relating to interested parties expectations   
  • Determination of significant environmental aspect
    • Determining the significant environmental aspect using the established criteria for evaluating adverse and beneficial environmental impact
  • Developing significant environmental aspect register
    • Developing the register
    • Linkage to risks and opportunities
    • Hierarchy of actions
    • Incorporating actions into the organization’s processes
  • Maintaining the environmental aspect register
    • The PDCA cycle
    • Management of change
This programme is designed for the management level or project committee of an organization wishing to implement ISO 14001:2015.  This programme is particularly useful to those managing the environmental management system and process owners.

Determination of environmental aspects is one of the important elements of ISO 14001; However the planning of the EMS has to take into consideration other information such as the context of the organization. For more details relating to the context of the organization, determination of risks and opportunities relating to issues arising from the context, how to develop a risk & opportunities register, do attend the two-day training on ‘ ISO 14001:2015 Strategic Approach to Risk-Based Thinking ’
All Neville Clarke tutors are full time consultants, auditors and trainers. The tutor assigned is a professional who has years of experience working with organisations to help them set-up and successfully maintain their environmental management system. They are able to share their experiences, provide practical advice and solutions towards ISO 14001 certification.
Available Dates
Philippines, Manila   1 Day
11 October 2019


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