March, 2008 Newsletter Articles

Clarification of Intent for ISO 14001:2004

Mar 8, 2008 in Newsletter | 0 comments

The U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to ISO/TC 207 has issued two new Clarifications of Intent for ISO 14001:2004: 07-08.A1 Question: Is it a nonconformance if an organization establishes Objectives, Targets, and Programs but, at the time of the audit, none relate to an identified significant aspect? Answer: No. Clause 4.3.3 requires that significant environmental aspects be taken into account when establishing and reviewing objectives and targets, but it does not explicitly require that there be an objective and target related to a...

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BS 25999 for Business Continuity

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Continuing operations in the event of a disruption, whether due to a major disaster or a minor incident, is a fundamental requirement for any organization. The new BS 25999 standard for business continuity management (BCM) was developed to help minimize the risk of such disruptions. By helping to put the fundamentals of a BCM system in place, the standard is designed to keep your business going during the most challenging and unexpected circumstances – protecting your staff, preserving your reputation, and providing the ability to...

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Small Business Disaster Guide

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The Small Business Administration (www.sba.gov) and Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company have teamed up to launch a disaster planning guide for small business owners. The 10-page brochure provides information that business owners need to develop an effective plan to protect customers and employees in the event of a disaster. The guide provides key disaster preparedness strategies to help small businesses identify potential hazards, create plans to remain in operation if the office is unusable, and understand the limitations of their insurance...

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ISO 26702:2007 for Systems Engineering

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ISO 26702:2007 defines the interdisciplinary tasks which are required throughout a system’s life cycle to transform customer needs, requirements, and constraints into a system solution. The standard also specifies the requirements for the systems engineering process and its application throughout the product life cycle. ISO 26702:2007 focuses on engineering activities necessary to guide product development, while ensuring that the product is properly designed to make it affordable to produce, own, operate, maintain, and eventually...

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Quality Objectives

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Are you having a difficult time identifying quality objectives for your organization? You’re not alone. According to ISO 9000:2005, 3.2.5, a quality objective is something sought or aimed for, related to quality. ISO 9001:2000, 5.4.1, states your quality objectives must be measurable and consistent with the quality policy. Clause 5.3 of ISO 9001:2000 says your quality policy is a framework for establishing quality objectives. It also says that the policy must include a commitment to 1) comply with requirements and 2) continually improve...

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