As the name implies, ISO 14001 internal audits are intended to review the organisation’s/company’s legal compliance status in an operational context. Compliance audits generally begin with determining the applicable compliance requirements against which the operations will be assessed. This tends to include federal regulations, state regulations, permits and local ordinances/codes. In some cases, it may also include requirements within legal settlements.

Compliance audits may be multimedia or programmatic. Multimedia audits involve identifying and auditing all environmental media (air, water, waste, etc.) that apply to the operation/company. Programmatic audits (which may also be called thematic or media-specific) are limited in scope to pre-identified regulatory areas, such as air.

ISO 14001 Environmental Management system standards require that organisations clearly understand there impact on the all environmental media (air, water, waste, etc.) that apply to the operation/organisation. An ISO 14001 internal audit can assist the organisation’s identify gaps and improvement opportunities.

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