11 Feb 2020

ISO 14001 Lead Auditor training introduces students to the ISO 14001 standard and its interpretation as well as the skills needed to assess the effectiveness of the environmental management system. ISO 14001 in its 2015 revision introduces the lifecycle perspective. In essence, the standard asks organizations to use a lifecycle perspective when designing/manufacturing their products/serv...

09 Jan 2020

Leadership shaking hands
Who cares about the system?  Management systems need top management commitment to work well, and yet many systems lack the necessary commitment. You may recognize some symptoms.  Policy - ignored.  Objectives  are barely alive. Corrective actions remain open. Managers seem not to appreciate the value of the requirements.  Employees are unsure about the system’s requirements. Proactive i...

26 Sep 2019

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Root Cause Analysis (RCA) or Causal Analysis when applied correctly should help to prevent the recurrence and occurrence of similar issues within the organization. Why then is such little time, money and or effort afforded to it? Heroes save the day! Yet again! How often have we come across news articles that laud those who manage the crisis, stop the plane from crashing or save the p...

09 Apr 2019

Captain IJ Arora
Measurable objectives are an essential input for all levels of the management and come from the top management (TM). These objectives guide personnel at the work level to help ensure the success of a management system. The need for a set of value-based metrics is met by looking carefully at the company policy (based on the strategic direction) and then drawing the measurable objectives f...

08 Apr 2019

Ship cyber security
As technology advances, there are a growing number of providers that are developing products and services based on the IoT (Internet of Things) framework. In the maritime industry, it is increasingly common for vessel containers to be tracked from ashore and even machinery performance metrics, providing remotely automated readouts, to those ashore. With the increased use of technology, t...

08 Apr 2019

Captain IJ Arora
The international standards provide a world of wisdom enabling robust planning to achieve results by the organizations. In this global economy, often doing all the work in-house is not a cost-effective solution. Moreover, with super-specialized industry requirements, perhaps a lot of quality products and services can be procured at reasonable prices. Yet it seems organizations fail to ac...

04 Apr 2019

Root Cause Analysis
As we work with clients, we find increasing examples of certification bodies requiring risk to be documented within an organization. This despite ISO 9001 specifically not requiring so! This then brings up the question, “How should we audit the requirements of risk-based thinking within an organization when the same has not been documented using a formal risks management system or me...

14 Dec 2018

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The number of vineyards in the United States, and abroad, have grown substantially over the last 20 years.  New technology and controlled stainless steel fermentation processes have improved the product of even relatively small vineyards.  Many of the best vineyards are also focusing on their environmental impacts to ensure sustainability.  They are finding that taking a hard look at som...

07 Nov 2018

Root Cause Analysis
ISO standards such as ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 45001 provide the framework for management systems to function using a process-based approach, to achieve customer and other stakeholder’s requirements. Organizations, certified to ISO standards, strive to be compliant, efficient and remain certified. Successful systems have Top Management (TM) / Leadership that are committed to and engag...

31 Aug 2018

In the past year there has been a lot of activity in the development and revision of ISO standards. Highlighted below are a few key updates: ISO 41001 – Facility Management This new standard applies the concept of the Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle to the discipline of Facilities Management. This standard provides the requirements for a facility management system where an organization nee...