610, 2021

What is Certification?

October 6th, 2021|

Certification is a process where an independent body verifies that your business is meeting the necessary or appropriate standards. These standards might be regionally, nationally, or internationally regulated. Your business or organisation may have a variety of aspects certified –  for example its management system, or products, or both.  Certain products sold in Australia must be certified to a Standard. The purpose of a mandatory standard is to make particular safety or information features [...]

1904, 2021

What Can the Yellow Wiggle Tell Us About First Aid Training?

April 19th, 2021|

Heart attacks are one of Australia’s biggest killers. Every year, around 34,000 Australians and New Zealanders suffer a heart attack outside of hospital. Without the assistance of a trained and qualified first aid officer, cardiac arrests frequently turn deadly – in fact, only one in ten victims of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests survive. Would you know what to do if someone [...]

1805, 2020

Does Australia Lead the Way in Safety Management?

May 18th, 2020|

What does ISO 45001 say about Australia's Safety Management? Since 2001, Australia and New Zealand have used the AS/NZS 4801 Occupational health and safety management systems as the premier WHS Standard. The majority of Australian businesses that had WHS Certification were certified to this standard, with a minority certified to OHSAS 18001, originally a British standard but used in many [...]

3003, 2020

Get Financial Help During the COVID-19 Crisis

March 30th, 2020|

How to access financial help for your business PLUS the most useful COVID-19 health apps and websites. It's affecting every person and every business. No-one will be able to escape from the Coronavirus Crisis completely unscathed. We are being deluged with information about Coronavirus, and, let's face it, we are just about sick of it. So GrowEQ has gone through [...]

702, 2020

Would the Trump Administration Pass an ISO 9001 Audit?

February 7th, 2020|

If asked the question “should Donald Trump be certified?” I think many people would answer with an unqualified “YES!” But what about a slightly different question: “Would the Trump Administration pass an audit to be certified to ISO 9001?” Let’s have a look at that question from an auditor’s perspective, and see if we can give an educated answer… Clause [...]

709, 2018

5 things a business needs to provide, to succeed at Process Improvement

September 7th, 2018|

We all know that process improvement in a business will increase efficiency and productivity, while also driving profits. We also know that if we can implement process improvement properly, our lives and the lives of our staff will be easier and our careers more fulfilling. So why is it so hard to do? Actually, it doesn't have to be difficult.

2601, 2018

New Online Register Making Life Easier

January 26th, 2018|

A new online register of high risk work, asbestos and demolition licence holders, as well as general construction induction training card holders, will go live on 29 January 2018 in NSW. So it will be easier for your business to regularly check the validity of your worker's licences, using a single portal.

2911, 2017

What is a Gap Analysis? Do I need one?

November 29th, 2017|

All organisations have a management system of some sort, documenting some of the ways they do things (processes/procedures) and their rules (policies), as well as keeping certain records.  A Gap Analysis identifies how much what you do already will meet ISO Quality Management System requirements, and where different or additional information is needed. So don't waste time and money reinventing the wheel.

2702, 2017

When Must I Transition to ISO 9001:2015? Now!

February 27th, 2017|

A new version of ISO 9001:2015 Quality management systems – Requirements was published in September 2015. This update is not only the first since ISO 9001:2008, it is also the first major revision since ISO 9001:2000 which essentially consolidated three previous standards - ISO 9001, ISO 9002 and ISO 9003. In other words . . . this change is a biggy! All transition activities must be completed by 15 March 2018, so it's time to act NOW.

912, 2016

The Death of Innovation?

December 9th, 2016|

When it comes to processes, the introduction of new ideas and improvements can cause conflict within the organisation and inconsistent customer experiences outside the organisation. But documenting your knowledge succinctly and accessibly can help you make the case for change and foster innovation.

1810, 2016

4 Ways to Reduce Complexity

October 18th, 2016|

Complexities caused by poor processes, confusing role definitions, or unclear accountabilities can be damaging to growth, performance and innovation. Follow these tips to reduce the complexity that leads to unnecessary costs and organisational friction.