This article provides in-depth guidance on organizing employee training programs per the requirements of ISO 14001 certification. It aims to help readers train their staff on the utilization of their EMS.

Are you familiar with the requirements of ISO 14001 certification? Then you may know that ISO 14001 requires companies to train all personnel whose work may significantly impact the environment.

In simple words, employee training is mandatory to meet the requirements of the ISO environmental management system.

But do you know how to organize a training program for employees? If not, then today’s post is for you.

Jump into the following section, and it will take you through the steps of organizing effective training programs for your staff and other stakeholders!

How To Organize Employee Training Program For ISO 14001 Certification?

You must define appropriate ISO 14001 training to demonstrate your employees have the skills required to perform their job while complying with the EMS.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you organize an environmental management system training program for your staff.

Step 1: Determine Training Needs

To create a perfect training module, you first need to understand the knowledge gaps of your employees, their needs, and requirements. You may perform a survey, task assessments, an observation, or interview the staff to learn about their knowledge and competency.

If your organization has previously conducted environmental training, consider that training when planning the module. The more competent your employees are, the more ready you are to get ISO 14001 certification. Tailor your training program based on the needs of your employees.

Step 2: Set Training Objectives

Determine the ideal outcomes you expect from this ISO 14001 training program. An easy to remember rule for determining outcomes is to make your training goals SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-bound).

Since employees from different departments may follow different procedures, you should make the training address the specific gaps for every department and individual. Consider the expectations of your employees too.

Step 3: Establish Training Methods

There’s no shortage of training modalities and methods nowadays. You should choose the employee training methods based on your individual training goals. For instance, you can employ online training methods to for convenience and let them complete the training at their convenient pace.

However, if you want to offer education on a specific complex operation or procedure, you may need to deliver the training on-site. Routine courses, workshops, meetings, newsletters, and seminars can also help with ISO 14001 implementation. Also, you can offer a more full training package to new staff.

Step 4: Develop A Training Plan

A thorough training strategy must include a clear path to your training goals. The plan must clearly state what objectives you are planning to obtain, how you will obtain it, the timeline of the training, and locations. Additionally, it should include all the resources you or your employees will require to complete the training.

Step 5: Implement And Record The Training Program

Once your ISO 14001 certification training plan is ready, start implementing it. This is also the perfect time to create environmental management system (EMS) records for employee training. The purpose of these records are to demonstrate that your plans have achieved the set objectives.

Records can include attendance records, questionnaires, test results, written reports, or anything else that can measure the effectiveness of your training program. Furthermore, if you find any gaps in your training program, address and record them.

Step 6: Monitor And Measure Training Effectiveness

The best way to measure the effectiveness of your ISO 14001 training program is by observing the work of your employees, looking for improvements, and checking if you have achieved your training goals.

Besides those methods, if you have an LMS (Learning Management System), you can utilize the metrics to evaluate the training program. This method includes assessing scores from course evaluations, completion rates, and instructor's rating.

Step 7: Improvements

The outcome of the training monitoring and measurement step will help you determine whether the program needs any improvement. For instance, you may consider improving the course structure if the scores are low.

Additionally, you should continuously invest resources, tools, and technologies to adjust the training program as your EMS (Environmental Management System) improves.

Summing Up

To obtain ISO 14001 certification, you will have to train your employees as well as other key stakeholders, such as contractors if applicable. Hopefully, today’s guide will help you set up a training program for all the relevant parties in your organization.

Author's Bio: 

Blue Wolf Certifications is a premium provider of comprehensive auditing services for various ISO management system standards. They issue certification and provide top-notch stage 1, and stage 2, surveillance, and recertification audits.