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CH2M highlights new International Organization for Standardization standards and guidance

Discover recently released ISO standards on environmental management systems, carbon footprint and energy consumption of buildings, and occupational safety and health.

CH2M’s Regulatory Update helps industry and government agencies plan for and comply with sustainability and environmental, health, and safety (EHS) requirements. This month, we have also prepared a supplemental Regulatory Update that provides information and guidance on recently released ISO standards and guidance. Included in this supplement are information on the following:

  • Implementation guidance for subject matter experts and practitioners of ISO 14001. ISO 14001 is the world-wide standard for implementation and maintenance of an Environmental Management System (EMS). This update has been made in conjunction with the 2015 edition of ISO 14001.
  • The ISO 16745 Series addresses measuring the carbon metric of existing buildings. These standards address the calculation, reporting, communication, and verification of carbon metrics. ISO intends this standard to be “the first global tool for measuring the carbon footprint of buildings.”
  • ISO 45001 is tentatively scheduled for release in 2018 and will be ISO’s first global standard for occupational health and safety. It will combine requirements of existing national health and safety standards into ISO’s structural framework.
  • The ISO 52000 Series addresses the measurement of a building’s energy performance by assessing all constituent processes. It also contains methods for calculating energy consumption and performance, key performance indicators, as well as ratings and certificates for energy infrastructure.

All the subject standards are formatted into ISO’s universal Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) framework that encourages comprehensive management systems that address multiple operational aspects. Implementation of a combined management system can help users define and plan their legal requirements and other commitments while implementing objectives and targets to improve efficiency, reduce regulatory violations, and foster continual improvement.

CH2M’s Environmental Assets and Environmental Health and Safety practices help clients assesses business risk while conforming with requirements. Along with Regulatory Updates, CH2M’s regulatory analysis publication, EHS Check, is used by EHS professionals looking for insights and analysis of requirements to improve the effectiveness of their management programs. Combining detailed regulatory and engineering knowledge, environmental business management competency, and established agency relationships, the practice spans regulatory compliance, auditing, sustainability and climate adaptation consulting, as well as environmental and information systems management and reporting.