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Australian Standard

ISO 14050:1998

Environmental management Vocabulary

AS ISO 140501999

This Australian Standard was prepared by Committee M/EV/-, Environment Standards Coordination Group. It was approved on behalf of the Council of Standards Australia on 1 March 1999 and published on 5 May 1999.

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The following interests are represented on Committee M/EV/-: Environmental Management Industry Association of Australia Environmental Protection Authority of Victoria Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand World Wide Fund for Nature, Australia Quality Society of Australia Primary Industries and Resources, S.A.

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This Standard was issued in draft form for comment as DR 98470.

AS ISO 140501999

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Australian Standard
Environmental management Vocabulary

First published as AS ISO 14050 1999.

Published by Standards Australia (Standards Association of Australia) 1 The Crescent, Homebush, NSW 2140
ISBN 0 7337 2739 5

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PREFACE
This Standard was prepared by the Standards Australia Environment Standards Coordination Group under the direction of the Multitechnics Standards Policy Board. This Standard is identical with, and has been reproduced from, ISO 14050:1998, Environmental management Vocabulary. The objective of this Standard is to provide a consistent terminology for use with environmental management systems and auditing. It is essentially a collection of the terms and their related definitions taken from the first five Standards to be published in the ISO 14000 series. Future editions will include terms and definitions from other Standards in the series as they are published. Because this Standard will eventually cover terms used in a number of Standards Australia technical committees, it was felt appropriate that the Environment Standards Coordination Group take responsibility for its approval and publication. The term informative has been used in this Standard to define the application of the annex to which it applies. An informative annex is only for information and guidance. As this Standard is reproduced from an International Standard, the following applies: (a) Its number appears on the cover and title page while the International Standard number appears only on the cover. (b) In the source text, this International Standard should read this Australian Standard. (c) A full point substitutes for a comma when referring to a decimal marker.

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INTRODUCTION
This International Standard contains concepts and their definition as used in the ISO 14000 series of standards and related to environmental management. Communication is important in the implementation and operation of Environmental Management Systems. This communication will be most effective if there is a common understanding of the terms used. Many environmental terms and definitions are the result of recently developed concepts. The gradual evolution of these environmental concepts inevitably means that environmental terminology will continue to develop. The purpose of this document is to convey understanding of the terms used in the published standards in the ISO 14000 series. The terms and definitions in this International Standard are derived from the following International Standards on environmental management. ISO 14001:1996, Environmental management systems Specification with guidance for use ISO 14004:1996, Environmental management systems General guidelines on principles, systems and supporting techniques ISO 14010:1996, Guidelines for environmental auditing General principles ISO 14011:1996, Guidelines for environmental auditing procedures Auditing of environmental management systems

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Audit

ISO 14012:1996, Guidelines for environmental auditing Qualification criteria for environmental auditors Because of the ongoing work on the development of environmental management standards within ISO/TC 207 including the publication of additional and revised International Standards, this International Standard will be reviewed, and as appropriate revised or amended. Other concepts which may be encountered in the environmental management field are not defined in this International Standard. However, to aid users of the ISO 14000 standards on environmental management, some of these additional concepts are included with bibliographic references in an informative annex. Users should be aware that the application and description of these concepts vary throughout the international environmental community. Their presence in Annex A is not intended to promote or endorse the use of these concepts.

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NOTES

1 AUSTRALIAN STANDARD

Environmental managementVocabulary

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Scope
This International Standard contains definitions of fundamental concepts related to environmental management, published in the ISO 14000 series of standards.

Normative reference
The following standard contains provisions which, through reference in this text, constitute provisions of this International Standard. At the time of publication, the edition indicated was valid. All standards are subject to revision, and parties to agreements based on this International Standard are encouraged to investigate the possibility of applying the most recent edition of the standard indicated below. Members of IEC and ISO maintain registers of currently valid International Standards. ISO 10241:1992, International terminology standards Preparation and layout.

Terms and definitions

In accordance with ISO 10241, in some situations in this International Standard, the special usage of a concept in a particular context is indicated by the qualification given in angle brackets before the definition.

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