Operational controls in an environmental management system (EMS) reduce the risk that the organization will not achieve its environmental objectives. Operational controls are the processes that management implements to provide reasonable assurances that the organization will achieve its environmental objectives.
Emergency preparedness and response plans are critical components of an environmental management system (EMS), partly because directors and officers could be liable for any negative environmental impact or effects arising from the organization's activities, products, or services.
The International Standards Organization (ISO) recently confirmed ISO 14001:2015 – Environmental management systems. Consequently, the 2015 version of the standard remains current. The ISO performs a systematic review of a standard every five years to ensure that it remains current and globally relevant.