The course has helped Christine Blackmore Associate Director at Wardell Armstrong International to transition to ISO 14001:2015

ISO 14001:2015 Transition Training Course | Wardell Armstrong International | 27th Apr, 2018

Christine attended the March ISO 14001:2015 Transition Training Course in Coventry and has been able to refresh her knowledge and update to the 2015 standard.

What were your training objectives?

  • To up keep my ISO 14001 credibility;
  • Ensure my accreditation with CQI/IRCA;
  • Ensure my continuing accreditation with ICMI (International Cyanide Management Institute); and
  • Assisting clients with EMS, EIA, ESIA and environmental Due Diligence (DD) work.

What learning did you take from the course?

  • Sustainability takes a higher role;
  • How approaches to the implementation of ISO 14001 is undertaken by others, their perception and expectations, through discussions during the day.

Have you been able to apply anything since the course?

The main reason for my up keep of ISO 14001 is to keep my accreditation as Principle with IRCA. IRCA is recognised by ICMI where I am a Lead Auditor. ICMI is the recognised best practice for the management of Cyanide for the extraction of gold. I am certified to audit operational gold mines for the use of cyanide and the transportation to site.

The cyanide code audit forms part of EMS management, and in most cases my role in Due Diligence (DD) covers both of these aspects, and I tend to undertake a review of the EMS under the auspices of ISO 14001 as the base guideline; even though in many cases my clients may not wish to become accredited.

All my work is in the international mining and mineral processing industry; heavy metals (nickel, zinc, copper etc.), precious metals (gold, silver etc.), fossil fuels (coal, lignite etc.) and minerals (talc, potash etc.).

What have been the benefits for you and the business?

As a consultant in international mining and mineral processing, it is prudent that we have the qualifications to undertake advisory work and have the ability to both write and implement EMS systems. It is critical to the integrity of our Company that we keep up with our CPD (Continuous Professional Development), in order to retain our charterships.

How was the tutor?

Frank was very good and enthusiastic. The group had some lively discussions r.e. how implementation of ISO 14001 is undertaken.

What was the venue like?

Ansty Hall is very nice, cosy and welcoming venue. The room was just the right size for discussions and that we could all participate. Lovely food with tea & coffee provided throughout the day.

Any advice to delegates?

Enjoy the day! There are no right or wrong answers. It is good to hear other opinions and experiences they have had with implementing ISO 14001.

Would you recommend Bywater?

Yes. Having the right tutor made the day and all the difference to the open and honest opinions.