This AS/NZS ISO 14001 audit checklist:
This AS/NZS ISO 14001 audit checklist can be used to assess an organization’s ability to meet the AS/NZS ISO 14001 certification requirements of the AS/NZS ISO 14001 standard. The audit checklist can verify compliance with the standard and identify any areas that need improvement.
The audit checklist will help you make sure you have all the bases covered, from ensuring your documentation is in order, to training staff on the AS/NZS ISO 14001 requirements.
This audit checklist encompasses all the requirements of AS/NZS ISO 14001 environmental management systems, section 4.0 through to section 10.0 inclusive of:
The audit checklist’s rating system is graded from conformance to non-conformance, to convey a concise and consistent methodology for scoring each AS/NZS ISO 14001 audit criteria. There are also provisions within the AS/NZS ISO 14001 audit checklist for the identification of opportunities for improvement, which can effectively contribute to the essential continual improvement processes of the AS/NZS ISO 14001 environmental management systems standard.
Under section 9.2 of the AS/NZS ISO 14001 standard an organization must conduct internal audits to provide information on whether the organization conforms:
Internal audits should be conducted at planned intervals to determine the status and importance of each process that comprises of the environmental management system.
The internal audit frequency should be based upon process performance trends, results from previous audits, rates of non-conformity, environmental impacts and corrective actions. This can ensure that the organization focuses on the environmental aspects that affect product and process conformity, and sustainability the most.
Once completed an internal audit report can also serve as ‘retained documented information’ as evidence of effective implementation of an audit program and compliance obligations.
The AS/NZS ISO 14001 internal audit checklist’s intention is to provide assurance to top management that risks to the organization’s objectives are being (or will be) managed and controlled. The audit findings shall enable any required corrective actions to the ISO 14001 system and associated internal EMS audit processes to be communicated to the relevant parties.