April, 2011 Newsletter Articles

ISO 14001 Checklist

Apr 11, 2011 in Newsletter | 0 comments

ISO has published a new handbook and CD package to help small and mid-sized companies implement an ISO 14001-based EMS. The tool is available as: ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems – An easy-to-use checklist for small business – Are you ready? The Foreword of the handbook states: “Experience shows that small and medium-sized enterprises can also implement an effective EMS and realize a variety of benefits. However, EMS implementation can present some challenges. This checklist aims at helping organizations to...

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Orlando Auditor Class (May 2011)

Apr 10, 2011 in Newsletter | 0 comments

Larry Whittington will be the instructor for three courses in Orlando, Florida in May 2011: May 10-11: ISO 9001 Requirements (QM), $895 May 10-12: ISO 9001 Internal Auditor (QM+AU), $1195 May 10-13: ISO 9001 Lead Auditor (QM+AU+TL), $1695 Students can enroll for the 2-day Requirements class; the 3-day Internal Auditor class (which includes the QM and AU modules); or the 4-day Lead Auditor class (which includes the QM, AU, and TL modules). You can see the course descriptions and enroll in an Orlando class by clicking on one of the course...

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Phased EMS

Apr 1, 2011 in Newsletter | 0 comments

ISO has published ISO 14005 to help organizations, and especially small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), use a phased approach to implement an environmental management system (EMS). Organizations increasingly take into account environmental management requirements in their activities. However, even if they clearly see the benefits, implementing an EMS is not always an easy task, particularly for SMEs. The job is now made easier by ISO 14005:2010, Environmental management systems – Guidelines for the phased implementation of an...

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Missing Ingredients?

Apr 1, 2011 in Newsletter | 0 comments

Improvement initiatives may help your organization improve, but are they really giving you a competitive advantage? Probably not, according to Michael Bremer, co-author of “Escape the Improvement Trap: Five Ingredients Missing in Most Improvement Recipes”. That’s because the competition is likely implementing the same improvement methods and the end result is most companies are merely average. His book identifies five characteristics that the most effective companies display, yet are missing or underused in most improvement...

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Advice from Auditors

Apr 1, 2011 in Newsletter | 0 comments

What do you think about the advice you receive from your auditor? Is it welcomed and acted upon, or do you view the suggestions as unwarranted meddling? Auditors are trained to determine conformity and evaluate effectiveness, as well as, identify areas for improvement. If requirements aren’t met, or a process is ineffective, the auditor issues a nonconformity report and expects corrective action to be taken. If a process is currently conforming, but weak and might become a nonconformity, the auditor may issue an observation (opportunity...

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