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Receiver of noise pollution

Discussion in 'ISO 14001:2015 - Environmental Management Systems' started by Anna Wagstaffe, Aug 1, 2019.

  1. Anna Wagstaffe

    Anna Wagstaffe Member

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    The company next door to us have air ducts which are noisy during operation. I understand a noise complaint was sent to them some years ago and they made some changes, but this did not really help and our management is loathe to go down that route again.
    At our ISO14001 audit, our auditor suggested that this should be on our aspects and impacts register as we are a receiver of the noise pollution. Is this correct?
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  2. Andy Nichols

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    Firstly, it's not the job of the auditor to make suggestions. Secondly, your EMS covers YOUR aspects and impacts, not the place next door, so the answer is NO, they are incorrect. I'm not sure what this auditor is thinking but how can next door's noise be part of YOUR EMS? :confused:
     
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    Your auditor is wrong. The noise produced by your next door neighbor company is definitely a hazard but not your organization's environmental aspect. The definition says "element of an organization's activities or products or services that interacts or can interact with the environment". Even clause 6.1.2 mentioned "the organization shall determine the environmental aspects of its activities, products and services that it can control and those that it can influence..."
     
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    Thanks, that was our view, but we wanted to make sure we weren't missing anything.
     
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    I really, really wish that CB auditors would a) think about their "off hand" comments and b) do their jobs and leave consulting to others.
     

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