Does Australia Lead the Way in Safety Management?

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 countries. All this has changed with the adoption of ISO 45001:2018, which is now the accepted WHS standard worldwide, and [...]

Would the Trump Administration Pass an ISO 9001 Audit?

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 5 Leadership Clause 5 of the ISO 9001 standard calls for “leadership and commitment...by taking accountability…ensuring resources are available…and supporting [...]

ISO 45001 is finally here! Now what?

ISO 45001 is the new Occupational Health and Safety Management Standard. If you're not sure what the changes are and how to implement them, take a look at GrowEQ's plain English answers to commonly asked questions.

Quality Management System dating lessons (that’s right!)

From romance to dynamic resources... no matter what business you're in, you may learn a thing or two about the market value of Quality Management Systems from the first Asian dating service to achieve re-certification to ISO 9001:2015.

The Time to Transition is Now!

The deadline for transitioning to the latest versions of ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems and ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems is September 2018. Don't be caught out by leaving it to the last minute.

What is a Gap Analysis? Do I need one?

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.

The 7 Major Changes to ISO 14001

The standard ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Management Systems is being revised. The International Organisation for Standardisation’s working group met in early February this year and has produced a draft. The revised ISO 14001 standard will be published in 2015. Once published, it is likely to remain unchanged well into the 2020s. The 2015 version of ISO 14001 will be significantly different from the current 2004 version. But don’t be afraid. You definitely don’t need to chuck your existing system out the [...]

Quality Policies: 5 Things You Must Know

Yes, I can hear you groaning already. Quality policies, motherhood statements, stick them on the wall and forget about them. Correct? You may feel that way, but the standard for ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems clearly states that you must have a quality policy. It does not so clearly states what should be in it. This is what the standard says: 5 Management Responsibility 5.3 Quality Policy Top management shall ensure that the quality policy: a) is appropriate to the [...]

Is Certification Worth It?

Is Certification Worth It? “To be or not to be that is the question” although I don’t think Hamlet had certification in mind when he said this. It is a decision to be taken on business grounds. Here are some of the reasons why organisations choose certification: By setting a clear goal, certification motivates staff and helps to gain their commitment. Certification improves processes and refines activities. There is nothing like certification for focusing one’s attention on this key requirement. [...]