The Search for a ISO 14001:2015 Migration Free PDF Download, and Some Help

Dec 2, 2016 | ISO 14001, ISO 14001 :2015

Like many internet searchers, if you’re here looking for an ISO 14001:2015 migration free PDF download, then you’ve found one (downloadable here) .

It’s probably not quite what you were looking for, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing if it makes a clear point:- that PDF download is about as much as we’d want to ever give you, free-of-charge, because there’s much that’s different about the 2015 revision.

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Meanwhile we do offer ISO 14001:2015 PDF template download here. It’s not that we’re necessarily against them in the right context. And our specialist knowledge (and individual help desk support) is not free. Sorry. Buy the templates and our experienced help comes along with them.

However, my main concern in this blog is to clear up some common misconceptions, and the reason why some think the migration to ISO 14001:2015 can be done cheaply Or even for free.  This revision is far more than a few bolt-ons and tick-boxes added to your current system.

So what’s different?

First of All, A Warning -External Auditors Can Spot Shortcuts!

An external auditor will identify a freebie-inspired short-cut very quickly. I know – I was once a Registered Lead Assessor for a major certification body. You are unlikely to gain approval this way.

The Major Changes – Standards, Relevance and Business Life

ISO 14001:2015 and ISO 9001:2015 both have a focus on policy and it’s relationship to overall business strategy. They do not simply “bolt on” to a business. Hence, to attain the standard, attention needs to be given to how you actually plan to do business, and how the standard should fit this. This is way beyond “let’s make sure everything is done to a specification”, often a list of metrics which have no bearing at all on business reality.

Effort to address the integration of standards into real business strategy and life is never wasted. Within ISO 14001:2015 and ISO 9001:2015, there’s the drive towards a common core for the systems; central parts of the management systems are shared between the standards. Compared to previous standards, the foundations of both standards are being redesigned. Key elements are becoming standardised. The transition to “2015” isn’t simply a matter of changing a few minor procedures. And the investment will pay off for other standards.

A Hint of Things to Come

For further reading, I’d recommend looking into the whole subject of Annex SL . I suspect that ultimately, popular standards such as ISO 14001, ISO 27001, and ISO 9001 will become one standard. Don’t worry – it’s not happening quite yet, though.

Paying Attention to Risk

One more key point:- for the 2015 standards, the new emphasis on “risk management” will be specific to a business. No two businesses have the same risks, so the same template can’t be downloaded and applied. You could, of course, try this, but your ISO assessor would spot this very quickly.  If you use the templates we provide here, along with our support, the resulting system will be thorough, relevant, but far more economical than a few days of a consultant’s time.

The Next Stage

I have truly “rubbished” the superficial ISO 14001: 2015 migration PDF free download approach, and perhaps migration probably now sounds too daunting. However, please be reassured. Many of the companies that currently contact us can be migrated to the new standards quite quickly. We’re already dealing with a stream of enquiries.

And we are always happy to talk.


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