ISO 14001:2015 Overview for Managers (EMS)

This half-day course is designed to provide an overview of the requirements of ISO 14001:2015.  It is structured to give managers an understanding of how to design and implement an EMS within their own organisation and the benefits of doing so. It will also emphasize the importance of leadership in EMS. The course addresses the requirements of ISO 14001:2015 and will incorporate examples of documented information required for ISO 14001. A practical delivery methodology will be applied. Additionally the course will highlight the differences between the current standard and its 2004 predecessor. The course will also be of interest to companies who do not necessarily wish to move towards formal certification of their EMS but who wish to reduce their impact on the environment and incorporate best environmental practices.

Delivery Mode

  • Customised

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What's covered?

  • Overview and introduction to environmental management
  • Requirements of ISO 14001:2015 & Annex SL
  • Overview of EMS terms and definitions
  • Understanding of organisational context and key stakeholders
  • Top management’s role in leadership i.e. what they can/can’t delegate
  • Dealing with significant environmental aspects/issues
  • Importance of environmental legislation and compliance evaluation
  • EMS policy and objectives and aligning these with strategic direction of company
  • Documented information i.e. what needs to be maintained and retained
  • Competence and communication and obtaining buy-in
  • EMS audit and review
  • Emergency preparedness and response
  • Role of third party auditors/certification bodies

Who should participate?

This course will be of interest to managers/supervisors who are involved in the management of an EMS or have a leadership role in the environmental function, personnel considering implementing an EMS, those who require an overview of the changes to the standard and those in the organisation who wish to reduce their impact on the environment.

What will I learn?

Participants achieve the following learning outcomes from the programme;

  • Understand the elements of an environmental management system such as ISO 14001:2015
  • Understand the requirements of ISO 14001:2015 and the structure of management system standards
  • Know the terms and definitions associated with an EMS
  • Evaluate the context of their organisation
  • Understand the changes made from ISO 14001:2004 to ISO 14001:2015
  • Have knowledge of the level of engagement needed from top management to implement, operate and maintain an EMS
  • Understand the level of resources needed for the operation of an EMS
  • Have an understanding of the level of documented information needed
  • Understand performance evaluation and corrective action and environmental management review
  • Appreciate the importance of EU and Irish environmental legislation

Who are the tutors?

Finbarr Stapleton

Finbarr Stapleton, Antaris, has a B.Sc. in Industrial Chemistry and a Diploma in Occupational Health & Safety and is a member of IOSH. He has over thirty years experience, initially as Laboratory Manager in an Analytical Laboratory, a number of years experience as an EHS Manager in the Food Industry and subsequently in technical consultancy.

He has successfully implemented OHSAS 18001/45001, ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 50001 in a large number of industries. He has extensive experience of quality management and environmental and health and safety management systems, energy management, waste management as well as environmental and health and safety legislation. He is a qualified Auditor of ISO 9001, OHSAS 18001/ISO 45001, ISO 14001 and ISO 50001 management systems. Finbarr has also extensive experience of energy management systems such as ISO 50001. He has carried out a number of projects on behalf of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).
He regularly carries out audits and risk assessments for client companies. He has also qualified as a dangerous goods safety adviser.

Finbarr has assisted a number of companies in making successful applications to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) for an IPPC (Integrated Pollution Prevention & Control) licence and has also carried out Environmental Impact Assessments for a number of companies.

Finbarr also holds an NUI Certificate in Training and Continuing Education. He is the lead tutor for the Nebosh International Certificate and Diploma courses.

Nick Smyth

Nick Smyth graduated from the University of Limerick in 1981 with a BSc in Manufacturing Technology having taken the Materials Engineering specialisation. He has worked as a Technical, Q.A./Materials Engineering and E.H.S. professional for 24 years, which included management roles in Intel Ireland, Johnson and Johnson, DeBeers Industrial Diamond, SPS International, Abbott Ireland and Fulflex International. He holds qualifications in Quality Assurance/Management, Lead Auditing, Safety Health and Welfare at Work, Occupational Hygiene and Environmental Management.

Nick also holds an NUI Certificate in Training and Continuing Education, and a CAE certificate in Accessible Environments and the Disability Discrimination Act.
He joined Antaris in June of 2005 and provides consultancy and SQT training services in his areas of experience and expertise.

How do we train and support you?

In-House Courses
For In-House courses, the Tutor will contact the Course Organiser in advance to discuss the programme in more detail in order to tailor it specifically to the organisation.

Course Manual
Delegates will receive a very comprehensive course manual.

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