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    05 Oct

    What does it mean to be ISO Certified?

    Being ISO 9001 Certified means your organization has a quality management system in place that utilizes international best practices to standardize your processes and system using the ISO 9001:2015 standard to ensure you consistently produce products and services that meet and exceed your customer’s expectations.

    Since the guidelin...

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    03 Oct

    ISO 9001:2015 Certification – 8 Components of a Top-Quality Management System

    ISO 9001:2015 Certification is a popular certification standard for companies across many sectors. ISO 9001 aims to enhance the quality of an organization’s products & services. It also helps to improve customer satisfaction and streamline business operations.

    A properly implemented ISO 9001 m...

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    02 Oct

    What Are the Benefits of Getting an ISO Certification?

    What are the Major Benefits of ISO certification?

    Integrating an ISO 9001:2015 quality management system through proper implementation and continued improvement will let you focus on your business’s crucial areas and enhance its efficiency, while also uncovering areas your system is inefficient and areas of potential wasted resource...

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    01 Oct

    Parameters for Effective ISO 27001 Risk Assessment

    Risk Assessment relating to information security is imperative for organizations to understand various threats and risks to their critical data and what or who their infrastructure is or could be exposed to. It is an essential step to consider when developing an information security management system as it forms a strong foundation for the organiza...

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    08 Oct

    ISO 45001:2018 – Clause 8: Operation

    ISO 45001 – Clause 8: Operation

    This clause provides guidance on the operational planning and control requirements relating to the OH&S management system.

    This clause encompasses the following:

    Operational planning and control; Eliminating hazards and reducing OH&S risks; Management of change; Procurement;...

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    06 Oct

    ISO 45001 – Clause 5.4 Consultation and Participation of Workers

    Clause 5.4: Consultation and participation of workers

    Involvement of workers in the OH&S management system and the processes that support it is a key requirement of effective OH&S management as it enables the organization to make informed decisions.

    There is an onus on the organization to:

    Provide processes, time, tra...

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    04 Oct

    ISO 41001:2018 – The World’s First International Facilities Management System (FMS) Standard

    ISO 41001:2018, the international facilities management system (FMS) standard, was released in April 2018. This is the first FMS standard to be published by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO).

    Previous facility management standards were European Standards, published by the British Standards Institute (BSI) in 2006. I...

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    03 Oct

    Examples of adequate evidence of top management involvement

    In order to provide suitable evidence of top management involvement and engagement, documented information must be provided, along with actions assigned as appropriate.

    The following list provides some actions that may be considered as objective evidence to demonstrate that top management are undertaking effective leadership, commitment a...

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    02 Oct

    Practical Ways of Demonstrating Top Management Involvement in ISO 45001 for OH&S Management System

    Importance of Top Management Leadership and Commitment toward OH&S Management System

    Leadership, commitment and active support from top management are critical for the success of the OH&S management system and for the achievement of its intended outcomes. A culture that supports an organisation’s OH&S management system is large...

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    01 Oct

    Importance of Worker Consultation & Participation in Development of OH&S Management System or H&S Policies

    The effectiveness of the OH&S management system can only be enhanced by developing a culture of worker consultation & participation within the organisation. Generally, people will cooperate and engage more willingly with an OH&S management when their opinions and knowledge have been aired and listened to. Therefore, an organisation shou...

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    23 Jan

    WSH Bulletin, 10 December 2020: New Requirements for bizSAFE Level 3, 4 and STAR // Workplace Safety and Health (Approved Codes of Practice) Notification 2020

    New Requirements for bizSAFE Level 3, 4 and STAR

    New Risk Management (RM) Audit Report Checklist

    With effect from1 January 2021, auditors are required to use new RM audit checklist to conduct RM audits.

    New Requirements for Level STAR from 1 April 2021

    The following certifications that are approved from 1 Apr...

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    22 Jan

    What is Accreditation?

    Accreditation enhances the credibility of certification reports and certificates by providing reliable third party assurance that these services are conducted professionally and meet globally-recognised standards.

    Conformity Assessment Bodies - such as certification bodies as well as inspection bodies - are benchmarked against internation...

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    21 Jan

    What is the difference between accreditation and certification?

    Accreditation: Accreditation is the formal recognition by an accreditation authority of the technical and organisational competence of a conformity assessment body to carry out a specific service in accordance to the standards and technical regulations as described in their scope of accreditation.

    Certification: Certification is the proce...

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    19 Jan

    Migration to ISO 45001 Extended

    OHSAS 18001 migration deadline to ISO 45001 extended by six months.

    A recent communication from the IAF has stated that due to the current COVID-19 situation and in line with the fact that OHSAS 18001 certification can be extended by up to six months, the deadline for migrating to ISO 45001 from OHSAS 18001 certification has now been extended ...

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    10 Jan

    ISO 45001:2018 Migration Guidance

    UPDATE: DUE TO COVID-19 THE MIGRATION DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED BY SIX MONTHS TO 30TH SEPTEMBER 2021.

    ACS considers ISO 45001:2018 to be a significant development primarily due to changes in structure, and the introduction of additional concepts and themes. It is our goal to ensure that we perform value added audits that establish ...

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    31 Jan

    ISO 45001 – Interpretation of clause 4.1 Understanding the organization and its context

    Clause 4 focusses the organization on defining what it is and does, and on what can affect its ability to manage its occupational health and safety responsibilities to achieve desired outcomes.

    The desired outcomes include:

    Improving the organization’s health and safety performance Meeting its compliance obligations Ac...

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    23 Jan

    Why use an accredited certification body?

    Third party management systems certification is a frequently specified requirement to operate in the global market place. It can demonstrate compliance to a standard, a code of practice or regulatory requirements. It can also deliver internal business improvement.

    Selecting the right organisation to carry out your certification can be fra...

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    22 Jan

    ISO 9001:2015 Change Management

    ISO 9001 2015 focuses on change management at many places of the standard. ISO 9001 2008 standard was also has this element. However 2015 version is emphasizing on change management more than earlier version. Any change may be it is in process, manpower, machinery, instruments, technology, raw materials, suppliers, customer requirements, legal requ...

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    21 Jan

    ISO 45001:2018 – Clause 7.5: Documented Information

    Clause 7.5.1: General

    It is important for top management to ensure that the OHSMS processes are carried out as planned and the desired results are achieved. Capturing key pieces of information in documented form can assist in this effort. Documenting how the system works helps personnel responsible for its implementation understand what they nee...

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    13 Sep

    Benefits of ISO 45001:2018

    In a competitive marketplace, your customers are looking for more than just keen pricing from their suppliers. Companies need to demonstrate that their businesses are managed efficiently and responsibly and that they can provide a reliable service without excessive downtime caused by work-related accidents and incidents. ...

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    12 Sep

    What are the requirements of the ISO 14001 standard?

    An Environmental Management System requires a documentation system to collect, analyze, register, and retrieve information

    An EMS Documentation System should:

    Describe core elements of EMS Provide directions to related documents Support employee awareness Facilitate evaluation of the system and e...

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    11 Sep

    Benefits of ISO 14001:2015

    The improved environmental performance led by top management commitment Cost savings can be achieved through improved efficiencies in energy and water usage and through waste minimization Reduced risk of pollution incidents and other releases to the environment and therefore avoidance of unnecessary cleanup costs and/or enforcement action by re...

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    10 Sep

    Integrate ISO 9001 with other management system standards

    ISO 9001 is designed to be compatible with other management systems standards and specifications, such as OHSAS 18001, ISO 22000, ISO 17025, ISO 27001, ISO 14001 Environment and other ISO standards. They can be integrated seamlessly through Integrated Management system approach. They share many principles so choosing an integrated management system...

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    09 Sep

    What are the requirements of the ISO 9001 standard?

    determine the internal and external context that affects the organization determine the need and expectations of interested parties determine the scope of the quality management system determine the input required and output expected of these processes determine the interaction of these process determine the criteria, methods, including m...

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    08 Sep

    Benefits of ISO 9001:2015

    Competitive advantage

    ISO 9001 should be top-management led, which ensures that senior management takes a strategic approach to their management systems. Our assessment and certification process ensures that the business objectives constantly feed into your processes and working practices to ensure you maximize your as...

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    05 Jun

    4 Identify applicable legislation

    After you have determined the scope, identify any regulatory or legislative standards that apply to the areas you plan to cover with the ISMS. Such standards might come from the industry in which your organization works or from state, local, or federal governments, or international regulatory bodies. What you need: Up-to...

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    04 Jun

    3 Determine the scope of the ISMS

    When management has made the appropriate commitments, you can begin to establish your ISMS. In this step, you should determine the extent to which you want the ISMS to apply to your organization. What you need: You can use several of the “result” documents that were created as part of step 2, such as:

    ...

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    02 Jun

    2 Obtain management support

    As described in ISO/IEC 27001, management plays an important role in the success of an ISMS. What you need: Management responsibility section of ISO 27001. Management must make a commitment to the establishment, implementation, operation, monitoring, review, maintenance, and improvement of the ISMS. Commitment must inclu...

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    01 Jun

    1 Purchase a copy of the ISO/IEC standards

    Before establishing an ISMS and drafting the various documents for your ISMS, you should purchase copies of the pertinent ISO/IEC standards, namely: a) The code of practice standard: ISO 27002. This standard can be used as a starting point for developing an ISMS. It provides guidance for planning an implementing a program to protect information as...

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    25 May

    ISO 22301:2019 released: 5 key changes from 2012 version

    • The 2019 edition is significantly less detailed and prescriptive than its predecessor. However, in the process of removing the detail and providing less direction, the Standard places greater emphasis on the skills and competence of those individuals who are responsible for designing and implementing the management system processes.  T...

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    03 Apr

    Commonly used non-mandatory BCMS documents and records

    The list of documents usually doesn’t end with the above list. In most cases (unless you are a small company) you would use also these documents, even though they are not strictly required by the standard:

    Procedure for identification of applicable legal and regulatory requirements (clause 4.2.2) Implementation plan for achieving ...

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    02 Apr

    Mandatory documents required by 2019 revision of ISO 22301

    ISO 22301 Mandatory documents

    To help you out, here’s the list of mandatory documentation for the Business Continuity Management System – BCMS:

    List of legal, regulatory and other requirements (clause 4.2.2) – lists everything you need to comply with. Scope of the BCMS and explanation of exclusions (clause 4.3) &nda...

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