ISO 14001 legal register
A legal register ensures that your business understands the lawful responsibilities it holds, and therefore, reduces the risk of fines and prosecution by Legal Authorities such as the Environmental Protection Agency. It is required to be regularly evaluated and is invaluable to the operation of a business.
Requirements of a legal compliance register for ISO 14001
If planning on implementing ISO 14001:2015, it is important to note the two clauses which link to legal compliance:
- 6.1.3 Compliance Obligations
- 9.1.2 Evaluation of compliance.
It is not documented within the ISO 14001:2015 Standard that a legal compliance register is required, however, as a business you are required to demonstrate compliance to both these clauses.
According to Iso 14001:2015 compliance obligation is defined as “legal requirements and other requirements”. Legal requirements are mandatory, they are the requirements to which an organisation must adhere to. Examples of mandatory legal obligations include; requirements from governmental authorities; laws and regulations, court rulings, and requirements detailed within legal authorization forms, permits and licenses.
Other requirements are those that organisations can choose to comply with and link with the organisation’s internal party requirements. These can include industry standards, codes of practice, internal organisational requirements, and agreements from non- governmental authorities.
Laws are constantly changing, updating, and evolving so it can be difficult to grasp where to even start. To commence the process, it would be beneficial to look at your business key environmental aspects and then conduct a review of all relevant legislation associated with these aspects.
At The Sustainability Strategy common aspects regularly reviewed include; Release to Water, Waste Generated, Emissions to Air, Release to Land, Chemicals, Use of Raw Materials, Energy and Natural Resources, and Use of Space.
It is important that you conduct periodic evaluations of your organisation’s compliance status. Immediate action is essential if it is determined mandatory legal obligations have not been fulfilled.