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Scope- Physical boundaries

Discussion in 'ISO 14001:2015 - Environmental Management Systems' started by John C. Abnet, Jan 22, 2019.

  1. John C. Abnet

    John C. Abnet Well-Known Member

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    So, an interesting conversation broke out specific to 4.3-c. Questions were raised regarding the literal intent/definition (in the context of ISO 14001;2015) of the following terms...

    * organizational units
    * "..functions.
    * physical boundaries.

    What say all of you?
     
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    Andy Nichols Moderator Staff Member

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    Let's say a paint shop is located in the middle of a large assembly shop (as many are in the Detroit area). The likelihood is that the significant environmental impacts come from the paint shop - so the physical boundaries would need to be defined. Like asking yourself "Where does the paintshop and associated impacts begin and end?"...
     
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    I believe Annex A.4.3 adequately provided the clarification of the intent of clause 4.3. Some of the highlights include:
    • organization has the freedom and flexibility to define its boundaries;
    • can choose to implement throughout the entire organization or only in specific parts of the organization;
    • scoping should not be used to exclude activities, products, services, facilities that have or can have significant aspects, or to evade compliance obligation.
    So if an organization's plant that produces a product where the painting shop is also located, all the activities and facilities on that plant must be included in the scope. The organization cannot just limit their scope to cover only the paint shop since painting is not the product of the organization but only part of the process that produces their product.
     
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