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Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Another ISO 9001 success

One of our clients in Germany have just been awarded a Certificate for ISO9001:2008 for their liquid roofing products.  The Company near Hamburg have been operating a 9001 based system for a few years but decided that it was time to have this formally assessed and certified following a relocation from a small site near Cadenberge.    We were pleased that they passed without a single non-conformity, the Assessor said that he was very impressed with the new factory and procedures.

ISO 9001 is an International Standard and the Germans see this as an endorsement of their manufacturing management processes.  I was particularly impressed with the attention to detail and planning that went into their application and their  ethos of getting it right first time, every time.
The visit took place during a rail strike and as such the roads were exceptionally busy; the autobahn leading to the Elbe tunnel was completely stationary, it reminded me of the M25!

The Hamburg port is a very busy one and there were miles of trucks going to and from the port. A sure sign that the economy in Germany is flourishing.  The vast majority of incoming ships did seem to be from China, while those going out were to all over the world.

The weather for mid-November was exceptionally mild with one of the days seeing temperatures of 18 Celsius.  I remember last year at this time seeing snow!

The client now has both product and management system certification and these give them easy access to a number of markets.  We are pleased to have been associated with this company and hope to be of help to them for many years to come.

Monday, 3 November 2014

BSOHSAS 18001 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems

A number of the Management Standards are going through a review and update at the moment:

  • ISO 27001:2013  Information Security Management – recently issued;
  • ISO 14001: 2015 Environmental Management -due to be released in mid 2015;
  • ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management – due to be released end 2015.
  • BS OHSAS 18001 was the odd one out as it was a British Standard and not an International (ISO) Standard; that is to change as ISO wish to have a universally accepted Occupational Health and Safety Standard. This ISO Standard will be known as ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems and is anticipated that final publication will take place in late 2016.
Some of the accepted elements of 18001 will be ported over to 45001 and some new elements will be added.

It is early days yet but the Standard will follow the Annex SL model:

  1. Scope
  2. Normative references
  3. Terms and definitions
  4. Context of the organisation
  5. Leadership
  6. Planning
  7. Support
  8. Operation
  9. Performance evaluation
  10. Improvement
This will ensure that all the management standards follow the same common numbering system and aid integration of the common management standards.

We will keep you informed as progress is made with this standard.

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