Implement Your ISO 50001 EnMS
Step 6: Put Your ISO 50001 EnMS into Action
You finished the documentation, now what?
Congratulations on completing your EnMS design and documentation! This is a good time to celebrate, and to communicate appreciation and kudos to everyone involved!
The next step in your project is to use and improve your EnMS.
Follow documented procedures and work instructions
Everyone in your organization should be performing processes following your documented procedures and work instructions, complying with the EnMS requirements.
Make improvements to the processes
Many of these procedures may be new to your organization or have changed significantly during your ISO 50001 project. Now that they are actually in use, you will most likely find areas that can be improved. Make improvements using the Corrective and Preventive Action process and the document revision process.
Conduct Internal Audits
Schedule internal audits to cover all areas of the organization before your Registration Audit. Allow time to take corrective action on any findings. A robust and effective internal audit program is one of the best tools for finding and correcting shortcomings in the EnMS before your Registration Audit. You will need to train a team of internal auditors. Internal Auditor Training Materials Package allows you to do that yourself, in-house.
Hold frequent Management Review meetings
Management Review is another key factor in getting the new EnMS ready for a Registration Audit. Review information from Internal Audits, Corrective and Preventive Action and results of measuring and monitoring of the EnMS. Initiate corrective actions and preventive actions to fix problems and make improvements to the EnMS.
During the Registration Audit, the auditor will be looking for evidence that you are complying with the requirements of ISO 50001 and of your EnMS. This evidence is in the form of records that you generate as you run your EnMS. Be sure that you are following all of the records requirements that you set up in the EnMS. Run your system for several months before your Registration Audit so there are sufficient records for the auditor to evaluate.