ISO 14001:2015 Internal Audit (Online Training)

Course Objectives

The EMS Internal Audit Training  is used to determine conformance to the Management System Requirements of ISO 14001:2015.  Proper use of the internal audit will promote consistency between activities and personnel determining ISO 14001:2015 conformance.

Participants will learn to:

  • Understand and learn to interpret the 14001 management system standards and their application to your own company.
  • Develop skills to prepare, perform and complete value-added ISO 14001 audits.
  • Learn how to conduct an integrated system audit following the “process approach” and ‘risk based thinking’

Target Audience

Those who need a thorough understanding EMS auditing, which may include:

  • Executive and senior managers
  • Environmental coordinators/EMS management representatives
  • Business or site managers
  • Quality managers/ISO 9001 management representatives


This Live Online / Virtual Training session will be conducted via a Live Streaming Platform in which the trainer will use interactive lecture and slide presentation to cover the modules stated below.

Course Modules

  • Module 1 Introduction to EMS
    – ISO 14001 definition of an EMS
    – Why implement ISO 14001
    – Benefits of ISO 14001
    – Definitions – environment and pollution
    – Examples of pollution and prevention
    – Definitions – environmental aspect and impact
    – How Product Design / Method Can Affect the Environment

  • Module 2- Reviewing and Auditing 14001 Requirements
    – ISO 14001 cycle
    – EMS Model
    – Reviewing new ISO 14001:2015 requirements
    – Understanding the organization and its context
    – Understanding the needs and expectations of interested parties
    – Leadership and commitment
    – Actions to address risks and opportunities
    – Identification of environmental aspects
    – Determination of compliance obligations
    – Determining significant environmental aspects and organizational risks and opportunities
    – Planning to take action
    – Environmental objectives and planning to achieve them
    – Value chain planning and control
    – Environmental policy
    – Planning
    – Environmental aspects
    – How do I recognize an aspect
    – Aspect and impact example
    – Identifying aspects of activities
    – Sources of information
    – Identify significant aspects
    – Factors to consider
    – Example rating scheme
    – Example significance matrix
    – Workshop: Auditing identification of aspects and impacts
    – Legal and other requirements
    – Workshop: Keeping up to date with legal requirements
    – Objective and targets
    – Objectives and target examples – paper & waste, subcon control, chemical, water, electricity, supplier control,
    – Workshop: Objectives and targets
    – EMS management
    – Workshop: Auditing objectives, targets and corresponding programme
    – Implementation and operation
    – Structure and responsibility
    – How various functions can support your EMS
    – Workshop: Evidence of management commitment
    – Training awareness and competence
    – Communication
    – Documentation
    – Document control
    – Operational Control
    – Workshop: Evidence of compliance to operational control
    – What’s wrong with this picture
    – Work environment – storage guidelines for preventing fire and electrical fire safety
    – Workshop: Operational practices that prevent pollution
    – Emergency preparedness and response
    – Emergency response plan
    – Checking
    – Monitoring and measurement
    – Evaluation of compliance
    – Nonconformity, corrective and preventive action
    – Records
    – Audit
    – Management review

  • Module 3 What Are EMS Audits
    – EMS audits
    – Types of audits
    – Audit sampling
    – Audit against what
    – Audit phases
    – Why do we do internal audits
    – Audit roles
    – Management support
    – Getting management support

  • Module 4 Planning and Preparation
    – Aspects of audit planning
    – General planning
    – Audit scope
    – Getting information
    – Analyzing processes
    – Pre-visit research
    – Good planning – concentrate resources
    – Audit plan sample
    – Appoint auditors
    – The audit team
    – Discuss with auditee
    – Checklist
    – Checklist questions
    – Checklist cover
    – Checklist question formats
    – Checklist sample
    – Dangers with checklist

  • Module 5 Performing the Investigation
    – Investigation – 4 key stages
    – Opening meeting
    – Investigation – sampling
    – Gathering information
    – Reading
    – Looking around – physical aspects, material aspects, operational aspects, procedural aspects, human aspects
    – Auditing new ISO 14001:2015 requirements
    – Fire preparedness
    – What to look for during an audit – reactions of people, PPE, tools and equipment, procedures, housekeeping
    – Testing and verifying – records review
    – Testing and verifying – observations
    – PPE Cleaning/Storage Issues
    – Talking to people
    – Questioning techniques
    – Typical Questions of any Employee
    – Typical Questions of Critical Operations
    – Listening – the most important skill
    – Cross checking
    – Possible findings for Chemical Works
    – Possible findings for Radiation Works
    – Possible findings related to Fire Prevention – exits and extinguishers, what’s a fire door, exits and electrical hazards,
    – Possible findings for Biological works
    – Possible findings for Housekeeping
    – Audit examples
    – Recording on your checklist
    – Do’s & Don’t’s
  • Module 6 Writing Non-Conformity Statements
    – Review all observations
    – Purpose of N/C statements
    – Observations
    – N/C statement contents
    – A strong N/C statement
    – Writing the N/C statement
    – N/C example.
    – Audit reporting
    – Do’s & Don’t’s

  • Module 7 Corrective Action, Follow-Up and Preventive Action
    – Taking action on the report
    – Management must determine…
    – Corrective Action Process
    – Follow-up
    – N/C closing out
    – Corrective action request form
    – Monitoring corrective action
    – Long-term or system-wide problems
    – Opportunities for improvement…

Get To Know The Trainer

Trainer Tejwinder


Tej is one of the pioneers in quality system management development in Malaysia. Tej has been involved in quality management consulting and training for the past twenty five years. His last position was the Managing Consultant of a UK based international consulting firm’s Regional Office in Kuala Lumpur. Tej has trained over 50,000 personnel worldwide.

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