December, 2005 Newsletter Articles

ANAB: QMS and EMS Outputs Matter!

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The ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) recently issued a notice titled, “Outputs Matter!” Since ANAB is the U.S. accreditation body for ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 registrars (certification bodies), we need to pay attention to their advice. The ANAB notice said for clients with a certified Quality Management System (QMS), the expected outputs should be trends of improving: customer satisfaction, product and/or service conformance, and continual improvement. For clients with a certified Environmental Management...

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Z10 – Occupational Health and Safety Standard

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ANSI/AIHA Standard Z10, Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems, has been published. The standard, developed through a consensus process by a committee of experts and stakeholders from industry, labor, business, professional organizations, and government, is a fully recognized American National Standard. The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) serves as secretariat for the Z10 Committee. The new standard enables organizations to integrate occupational health and safety (OHS) management into their overall business...

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Suspension of RABQSA Certification Transition

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RABQSA has announced the suspension of the Certification Transition Plan requiring auditors to transition to the competency-based certification schemes for QMS, EMS, Food Safety and OH&S. The 31 December 2006 transition deadline has been suspended, to allow auditors more time to choose their certification scheme. “The message we have received from our customers throughout 2005 is that more time is required to allow auditors to decide on the value of transitioning from the current qualification-based certification schemes to the...

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How to Select and Use a Consultant

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Choosing a qualified consultant is no easy task. The importance of taking the time to make a thoughtful selection cannot be underestimated. Your choice could end up affecting the efficiency and effectiveness of your business operations. 1. Understand the reasons for using a consultant Why do organizations use consultants? An organization may realize it lacks the expertise, time, experience, or objectivity to perform the work without outside assistance. 2. Identify the services you need from consultants Competent consultants should not only be...

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Information Security and ISO 27001

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Information security flaws can result in escalating financial losses and wreak havoc with business operations. The newly published ISO 27001:2005 standard for information security management systems can help organizations plug existing leaks and prevent future threats. “The publication of ISO 27001:2005 is a big event in the world of information security and the standard has been eagerly awaited,” said Ted Humphreys, Convenor of the working group responsible for managing the development of the standard. “It is a standard that...

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