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Do I Need ISO 14001?

A question that I was asked the other day, and not for the first time. The answer for many companies is yes, you do need ISO14001 but I suspect that wasn't the intended question. "Must I have an environmental management system (EMS) in my organisation?" is probably what was meant. The short answer to this is no, it's not a legal requirement for everyone to have an EMS. That doesn't mean that it's not a good idea though. Organisations need to identify the environmental aspects of their activities and what their impacts are. Aspects are any elements of an organisations activities, products or services that can interact with the environment. Impacts are the changes made to the environment, whether positive or negative, resulting in some way from an organisation's activities, products or services. Organisations that use certain products as a part of their processes may need a license to operate. An accredited certificate for an EMS may be a condition of such a license. For some organisations insurance companies may insist on the implementation of an EMS as a condition of their policy. For others it may well be pressure from customers or even an expectation of their marketplace that forces their hand. Although the implementation of an EMS is voluntary, it is increasingly becoming a requirement for one reason or another. There are a number of standards around to help organisations with their environmental management. These include BS 8555, which was designed for small to medium sized organisations. EMAS, which is the EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme and then there is ISO14001, probably the best known of these standards and consequently the one given most recognition. BS 8555 The standard provides for a phased [...]

By | September 19th, 2014|Management Systems|Comments Off on Do I Need ISO 14001?

Is it ISO or OHSAS

Currently, if you're talking about health and safety management systems, we should be talking about OHSAS (as in 18001). Most people are familiar with, if any, the ISO international standards such as ISO9001 and ISO14001. I guess that's why some people become confused when talking about health and safety standards, I've even heard health and safety practitioners refer to ISO18001. ISO are developing an international health and safety standard (ISO45001). The development process is still in its early(ish) stages. There are 45 countries involved in this development and it is expected that a draft will be produced around mid 2016 with the final version available in October 2016 (I know, the wheels turn slowly). In the meantime OHSAS18001 remains the preferred solution for many organisations,, and why not, it does a fine job. If you haven't yet established a health and safety management system don't let the pending introduction of a new standard put you off moving forward. It is still a legal requirement that you have a health and management system (by any name) in place and it is unlikely that all of your efforts will have been wasted if you later wish to switch to ISO45001. OHSAS18001 aligns pretty well with the expectations of European law. I'm pretty sure that any new standard will need to do the same. If you want to show your customers (and potential customers) that you are serious about the way in which you run your business, if you want to demonstrate to your clients that your services or products are not going to be delayed or cancelled through enforcement action then a UKAS accredited OHSAS18001 certificate is still hard to beat. If this hasn't really meant much [...]

By | May 19th, 2014|Management Systems|Comments Off on Is it ISO or OHSAS

Free ISO 9001 audit

An ISO 9001 audit for free? Well, we will provide you with a free tool to help you to audit your systems. If you have just got back from your summer break you may have missed the launch our free ISO 9001 auditing tool. It has been designed to help you to identify how well you are doing in terms of quality management when compared to the requirements of this standard. There are other tools, just like this one, already out there, the main difference here is that this one is free. Once you have filled in the form you will be able to see how well you are doing against a number of clauses and you will be able to print your results. You can return later and use the tool as many times as you like enabling you to track your improvements. If you follow this link you will find links to the ISO 9001 performance tool.

By | September 12th, 2013|Management Systems|0 Comments

Free ISO 9001 Auditing Tool

Here it is, a free ISO 9001 auditing tool, complete with a performance graph and printable report. By answering the questions in this database form you will enable the software to calculate how well you are performing against the requirements of the main clauses of this standard. By printing your results you can track your progress, create audit records and trace where you need to make improvements. You will not be asked to provide your details, your name or email address. You will not need to create a login. The use of this ISO 9001 auditing tool is free in every sense of the word, unless you count the use of your time to complete the audit findings as a cost. So, why on earth would anyone provide such an obviously expensive to develop tool for free? All that we ask is that, if you decide that you would like some help with implementing, maintaining or improving your ISO 9001 quality management system, you consider using Lynwood as your consultants. It's as simple as that. To use the tool follow the link from this page.

By | September 6th, 2013|Management Systems|0 Comments

Free ISO 9001 Auditing Check List

Here it is, a free ISO 9001 auditing tool, complete with a performance graph and printable report. By answering the questions in this database form you will enable the software to calculate how well you are performing against the requirements of the main clauses of this standard. By printing your results you can track your progress, create audit records and trace where you need to make improvements. You will not be asked to provide your details, your name or email address. You will not need to create a login. The use of this ISO 9001 auditing tool is free in every sense of the word, unless you count the use of your time to complete the audit findings as a cost. So, why on earth would anyone provide such an obviously expensive to develop tool for free? All that we ask is that, if you decide that you would like some help with implementing, maintaining or improving your ISO 9001 quality management system, you consider using Lynwood as your consultants. It's as simple as that. To use the tool follow the link from this page.

By | August 29th, 2013|Management Systems|0 Comments

Free ISO 9001 auditing compliance tool

You don't get anything for nothing right? Wrong, you do here. Here's the link for a free ISO 9001 auditing tool just in case you can't be bothered to read on. So what's the catch? There isn't one. The tool has been provided in the hope that if you decide that you need help with your quality management system you might use Lynwood, the providers of the tool. The idea is that if you use this tool to measure your performance against the ISO 9001 standard you will be able to tell how far from compliance you are. Apart from producing a printable report of your answers this tool will also show in a graph how compliant, in percentage terms, you are against some of the requirements of 9001. Does this tool have any limitations? Sure it does, not least the auditor. If the person using the tool doesn't understand what the questions mean they couldn't possibly answer them accurately could they? If your organisation isn't interested in being certified to the ISO9001 standard this tool can still help. Ensuring that you meet the expectations of this tool can bring about improvements in your business, even without a certificate. So, go ahead, see how your organisation is performing in terms of quality management. What have you got to lose, it's free?  

By | August 27th, 2013|Management Systems|0 Comments

ISO 9001 Audit

Would you like to know how well your company is performing against ISO 9001? Would you like unlimited access to a fantastic new tool that helps you to asses your compliance? Would you like it if this tool was free? Well, this one is! Complete the online form and print off your results, including a graph showing the level of your performance.

By | August 22nd, 2013|Management Systems|0 Comments

ISO 14001 changes ahead

Did you know that the ISO 14001 standard is under review? Well, it is. This Environmental Management Standard has been adopted by more than 250, 000 organisations in 155 countries around the world. The revision will take into account two sources of information - that produced by the ISO Technical Management Board (TMB) Joint Technical Co-ordination Group (JTCG) on the high level structure for management systems standards. Their aim is to further aid the integration of management system standards by standardising the structure. The second information source is the report of the ISO/TC 207 SC 1, Environmental Management Systems. This considers the implications of evolving stakeholder expectations and new developments in the environmental management field. Particular attention is being paid to the needs of small to medium enterprises.  Good news for many. I know that some people will see much of this as change for the sake of change but we all know that these standards require that we continually improve our own systems. It would be a little hypocritical if this requirement wasn't applied to the standards too. The current version, ISO 14001:2004, has been under review for a time now. 25 revisions were initially put forward for considerations and it is expected that this process will result in a draft revision being produced in 2014, with the final standard being produce at some time in 2015. If you are already applying this international standard don't panic, you won't need to change anything just yet. We're still a while off the production of the new version and once it is produced we will be given a period to transition from 2004 to 2015 (or whatever it ends up being). Additionally, if you do need [...]

By | August 8th, 2013|Management Systems|0 Comments

ISO 9001:2013 Draft

If you are currently applying ISO 9001:2008 in your organisation you may be interested to know that changes are afoot. Every 5 years ISO 9001 is reviewed so as to ensure that it remains applicable and, where the opportunity presents itself, to continually improve the standard. The Committee Draft stage is the first consultation of the international members (those countries that have chosen to be involved). Following the consultation a draft, the Committee Draft, is issued for comment. This has now happened. The expectation is that there will be a significant amount of feedback and the due consideration may take some time, it is my reckoning that we may be well into 2015 before we see the final version. Depending on how you interpret the standard you may consider that many of the changes are not that significant. One of the things considered by the committee was the standards application to the service sector. In order to make it more applicable the draft replaces the word 'product' with 'goods and services'. My interpretation has always been that if what you provide is a service then this is your product. If your interpretation was different you may find that you will soon need to change that. Amongst other things it is also proposed that changes are made to the way that organisations develop their systems and how they determine and meet the expectations of other parties beyond those already identified in ISO 9001:2008. Some of the propositions add clarity, for those that needed it. Control of external goods and services is more explicit about the inclusion of not only purchased goods etc. but those supplied by associate companies etc. Again, the intention of the standard seemed [...]

By | August 6th, 2013|Management Systems|0 Comments

Job – ISO 9001 Consultant

Lynwood are looking to recruit a consultant to help their clients with the application and certification of management systems including ISO9001, ISO14001, OHSAS18001 and other standards. A working knowledge of at least one of these standards is a must. IRCA certified auditors would be advantaged but this is not strictly necessary, so long as relevant experience can be demonstrated. The successful applicant will be communicating with and reporting to top management across all industry sectors. Good communication skills, both verbal and written, are essential. The role is based in Dukinfield, East Manchester and requires travel, mostly in the North West but occasionally beyond. Applications close 01 September 2013 If this sounds like it might be for you go to the website and send an email via the listed info@ address

By | July 29th, 2013|Management Systems|0 Comments