ISO 14001 Internal Auditing Procedure

ISO 14001 Internal Auditing Procedure

This ISO 14001 internal audit procedure template can assist your business comply with ISO 14001 Management Systems clauses:

  • 9.2. Internal Audit.
  • 9.2.1. General.
  • 9.2.2. Internal Audit Programme.


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ISO 14001 Internal Audit Overview

An ISO 14001 internal audit is an audit conducted by a company’s own staff to verify if its environmental management system (EMS) complies with the requirements of the ISO 14001 standard.

The audit should cover all aspects of the EMS, from top management commitment and policy down to operational control and record-keeping.

An ISO 14001 internal audit is not a substitute for an external audit conducted by a certified ISO 14001 auditor but, it can help identify any weaknesses in the EMS before the external audit takes place.

The ISO 14001 2015 standard requires that companies carry out internal audits regularly. All conclusions derived from an ISO 14001 internal audit should always be based upon objective, validated and traceable evidence.

What is an ISO 14001 Internal Audit Procedure?

An ISO 14001 internal audit procedure documents all of the essential processes to be undertaken before, during and after an environmental audit. The audit procedure will document the responsibilities, purpose and objectives of the audit.

The general activities covered in an internal auditing procedure will include:

ISO 14001 Internal Audit Procedure

  • How to prepare for the internal audit process.
  • Selection of internal lead auditors.
  • Developing an audit program.
  • Preparing and planning phase.
  • Audit committee duties.
  • Conducting the audit.
  • Audit observations.
  • Data review and initial reporting.
  • Audit internal control actions.
  • Final written responses and reporting.

An ISO 14001 internal audit procedure will document how you can:

  • Conduct ISO 14001 system audits.
  • Conduct legislation audits.
  • Develop corrective and preventative action plans.
  • Annually plan for audits.
  • Complete internal audit reports.

What is the Objective of an ISO 14001 Internal Audit Procedure?

The objective of an ISO 14001 internal audit procedure is to define a process for undertaking internal environmental management system audits.

The goal of the procedure is to ensure that all internal audits are conducted with due professional care, integrity and independence and in compliance with the standard ISO 14001, environmental management systems.

Who Should Perform an ISO 14001 Internal Audit?

To ensure impartiality and objectivity internal (and external) auditors should be a person(s) from divisions of a workplace that is not directly associated with the area, process or department being audited.

In addition to the above, internal auditors should be selected based upon their:

  • Education.
  • Experience.
  • Relevant training.
  • Audit experience (demonstrable knowledge and skills).

How Does ISO 14001 Internal Audit Add Value to an Organization?

By objectively auditing your organization’s environmental management system, policies, processes and procedures you can determine if the business is performing to the ISO 14001 standard and continually improve your business.

An internal audit can help you determine:

  • Environmental compliance levels.
  • Operational effectiveness.
  • Business risks and opportunities.
  • Business process compliance and controls.
  • Process and operational efficiencies.
  • Cost and waste reduction opportunities.
  • Corporate governance compliance.

Contents of this ISO 14001 Internal Audit Procedure

  • Aproval.
  • Purpose.
  • Scope and Objectives.
  • Terms and Definitions.
  • Roles and Responsibilities.
  • Procedures.
  • Internal Auditing Process Overview.
  • Internal Auditing Process Flowchart.
  • How to Prepare and Control the Internal Audit Process.
  • Selecting Internal Auditors.
  • Developing an Audit Program.
  • Preparing for the Audit.
  • Conducting the Audit.
  • Data Review and Initial Reporting.
  • Audit Actions.
  • Final Reporting.
  • Audit Reviews.
  • Conducting Audits.
  • System Audits.
  • Process Audits.
  • Supplier Audits.
  • Legislation Audits.
  • Audit Results.
  • Corrective Actions.
  • Completed Internal Audit Reports.
  • Related Procedures, Forms and Documents.
  • Review Criteria.
  • Record Management.
  • References.

Why Choose to Buy this ISO 14001 Internal Auditing Procedure

  • This 9-page ISO 14001 internal audit procedure template can be applied to the auditing and assessment process of your business in compliance to the principles of auditing that are outlined by ISO 19011, Guidelines for Auditing Management Systems.
  • The procedure can assist you to define the processes for undertaking internal environmental management review system audits to assess the effectiveness of your environmental management system and its compliance with the ISO 14001 environmental management systems standard.

After purchasing this template you will be able to:

  • Very easily edit and customize the template to create your own procedure.
  • Apply your own style, format and brand to the procedure.
  • Use it in any industry or sector regardless of the size or type of organization.

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