October, 2009 Newsletter Articles

OSHA on PPE

Oct 21, 2009 in Newsletter | 0 comments

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule to revise the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) sections of its general industry standards on the requirements for eye- and face-protective devices, head protection, and foot protection. OSHA is updating the references in its regulations to recognize the more recent editions of the applicable national consensus standards. OSHA is also amending the provision that requires safety shoes to comply with a specific American National Standards Institute (ANSI)...

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E-Verify Becomes Law

Oct 21, 2009 in Newsletter | 0 comments

After several delays and unsuccessful lawsuits, the Department of Homeland Security’s E-Verify program became effective on September 8, 2009. E-Verify is an Internet-based system that is operated by the Department of Homeland Security in partnership with the Social Security Administration. The E-Verify system aids compliance with federal immigration laws, helps deter unauthorized individuals from attempting to work, and helps employers avoid employing unauthorized aliens. According to the E-Verify web site, it should virtually...

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Mandatory Clauses

Oct 21, 2009 in Newsletter | 0 comments

Have you noticed the surveillance audits by your certification body always seem to address some of the same ISO 9001 clauses? The reason is that ISO 17021, a standard that applies to bodies providing audit and certification of management systems, requires a few areas to be a mandatory part of a surveillance audit program. Section 9.3.2.1 of ISO 17021 reminds us that surveillance audits are on-site audits, but not necessarily full system audits. And, surveillance audits must be planned together so the certification body can be confident that...

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Jan-Jun 2010 Classes

Oct 21, 2009 in Newsletter | 0 comments

Check out our recently released January 2010 to June 2010 class schedule. You can see the classes, dates, and locations by clicking on the desired course listed on the left side of our Web Site home page. For example, we have ISO 9001:2008 auditing classes scheduled for Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, El Paso, Houston, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Orlando, Philadelphia, Portland, Reston, San Diego, San Jose, and...

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SW Cost Estimating

Oct 21, 2009 in Newsletter | 0 comments

The Software Development Cost Estimating Handbook was developed by the Software Technology Support Center and sponsored by the Naval Center for Cost Analysis and the Air Force Cost Analysis Agency. The purpose of the Handbook is to provide cost analysts and program managers with a resource manual to use in developing credible software development cost estimates. A realistic estimate is based upon a solid understanding of the software development process and the historical data that forms a framework for the expected values. An estimating...

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