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Monday, 29 June 2015

Standards update

We have been notified that the two standards which are in the process of revision:

  • ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management Standard and
  • ISO14001:2015 Environmental Standard are reaching their final hurdle before publication.

The FDIS (Final Draft) of each Standard will be published in July 2015 and the actual Standards are planned for September 2015. Once issued the main elements and structure cannot change but minor editorial changes are permitted

  • FDIS ISO 9001:2015 to be issued on 9 July 2015 with the Standard published in September 2015
  • FDIS  ISO 14001:2015 to be issued on 2 Ju8ly 2015 with the Standard published in September 2015.

Once the Standards are published, certificated organisations will be allowed up to three years top transition from the existing Standards to the 2015 versions.

Our Internal Management System Auditor Course, 22 + 23 October 2015, will cover the new Standards and allow delegates to better understand what is required.  This course is particularly cost effective at £365.00 + VAT per delegate for the two day course.

Monday, 15 June 2015

Repair man Scam

We have been getting quite a number of calls in the office from ‘Claims Companies’ despite being registered with the TPS (telephone preference service).  We have put the numbers into an automatic rejection list which advises that “this phone does not accept calls from this number”.  Clearly they are not stupid and now call without giving a caller ID.  We have been just putting the phone down on these callers.

On Saturday morning I received a telephone call from a man with a very strong Indian accent; he told me that his name was Mark and he was calling from Microsoft windows technical team. They had become aware that my computer had a very nasty virus.  He went on to say that there were some very nasty people around and to show that he was genuine he was able to give me the windows licence key.   He would be able to fix my computer remotely if I entered a web-site and gave him access to my machine.  The service would be completely free of charge. 

We have had this type of call before so we were not fooled.

I mentioned that we were involved in Computer Security, particularly ISO 27001 Information Security and we wouldn’t give anyone access to our systems let alone someone pretending to be from Microsoft windows technical team.  He seemed unperturbed and kept to his script.  I told him to s - -  off several times before he put the phone down.

Don’t give any details including your name, make of computer, operating system, etc., as this information will be used next time.

Don’t be fooled into giving unauthorised access to your systems under any circumstances.

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Just in Case

I drive an awful lot of miles each year and replace my car on average each two and a half years; pot holes and carelessly discarded bolts, nails and other metal parts inevitably mean that at some time during the life of a car I will get a flat tyre.  Nowadays most cars have a can of sealant rather than a spare wheel; sadly the sealant will only work with a very small hole in a tyre, and certainly not in the tyre wall.

I remember the last time I had a flat tyre it was dark, raining and I was miles from anywhere.  The magic can of sealant did not work as the hole was too big. It seemed hours before the breakdown truck arrived only to be told that the tyre had to be replaced as it was irreparable.

I decided that I should invest in a spare wheel.  Honda sell a thin spare wheel which sits in the bottom of the boot.  The 2013 and onward Honda Civics also do not have a jack, wheel brace and tools as standard.

I am now confident that the additional weight in my car of a spare wheel, jack and tools, will be worth the cost and effort if I get a puncture. 

We help organisations to incorporate various management standards to reduce risk and apply continual improvement in their businesses and if they did not carry out risk assessment then they would potentially be vulnerable.  I wonder if businesses needed ‘a spare wheel’ would they have a can of sealant instead;  I think not.

There is work in hand to review the existing Standard BS OHSAS 18001 (Operational Health and Safety Standard) and upgrade it to be a full health and safety standard; It will be an ISO Standard,    ISO 45001 probably due for publication in 2017/18.

If the committee developing the standard needs ‘a spare wheel’ then I am as certain as I can be it will provide one rather than a can of gunk.

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