• Consultant and Lead Auditor ISO 9001 14001 27001 45001 and Risk Management

    Consultant and Lead Auditor ISO 9001 14001 27001 45001 and Risk Management



Safety Schemes in Procurement (SSIP) is an organisation which enables mutual recognition (also known as the ‘deemed to satisfy’ provision) between health and safety assessment schemes, particularly within the construction industry. SSIP member schemes apply core criteria approved by the HSE. The core criteria describe what it means for a construction business to comply with basic health and safety law, but they can also be applied to other kinds of business.

This means that:

• as a buyer, you do not need to ask for evidence of accreditation to more than one of the SSIP member schemes

• as a supplier, you should only need to be accredited to one of the SSIP member schemes

If a buyer insists on a different SSIP scheme, you can apply to have the equivalence of your existing accreditation recognised through the SSIP mutual recognition provision. This should save you time and money.

The CQI is Proud to Celebrate its Past, Present and Future

The Chartered Quality Institute (CQI) has led in advancing the quality of products and services across industry since its inception in 1919. The CQI is proudly celebrating this heritage and the evolution of the quality management discipline in the last 100 years. The institute’s founders established the Technical Inspection Association in 1919 to stem the production of faulty munitions after the First World War. Within a century, its membership base expanded from weapons inspectors, to engineers, to quality control gurus, to quality professionals who work across various sectors. From manufacturing, to automotive, to healthcare, to construction. Today’s quality professionals drive good governance, continuous improvement, leadership and assurance within organisations worldwide. Vincent Desmond, CEO of the CQI said: “Our centenary is a great opportunity to celebrate the CQI, but also to promote the benefit that quality management and the quality profession have provided society during the past 100 years. As with any significant birthday, our centenary is an opportunity to consider not only the past, but also what the future might hold. Just consider how the world has changed since 1919 and how the quality management discipline has responded. I am sure that the founding members of what was originally constituted as the Technical Inspection Association would not recognise our world of global trade, technology and radically different social norms. And I suspect they would be amazed to see how the quality profession’s scope and toolkit have expanded to cope with those changes.”

Clean Air Strategy - Wood Burner Industry Reacts to Ban

Bruce Allen, CEO of HETAS and chairman of Woodsure, wrote the following letter to Air Quality News reacting to Defra’s Clean Air Strategy, which was published yesterday and included measures to ban the sale of the most polluting fuels and ensure only the cleanest wood stoves are sold:

Dear Editor,

We welcome Defra’s 2019 Clean Air Strategy and are already working with them to bring about changes to existing smoke control legislation. Reducing particulate emissions from wood burning is an issue that the industry is working together on to ensure that the right stoves and the right fuel are part of the solution for air quality, not the problem. Both HETAS, a national fuel and fireplace organisation, and Woodsure, who run a woodfuel certification scheme, are playing a key role. HETAS Registered Installers are helping to advise on the use of dry wood fuels, low sulphur smokeless fuels and modern clean-burning appliances. Defra’s strategy identifies that ‘using cleaner fuels, in a cleaner appliance which is installed by a competent person, knowing how to operate it efficiently, and ensuring that chimneys are regularly swept, will all make a big difference’. Woodsure Ready to Burn logs are quality, dry logs which contain up to 20% moisture, which gives off greatly reduced amounts of smoke and pollution as well as giving off more useful heat. The scheme is backed by government and retailers including ASDA and B&Q have been encouraging and incentivising customers to purchase ‘Woodsure Ready to Burn’ wood and ‘HETAS Approved smokeless’ fuels. Stoves are only as good as the fuel you burn and our message is simple – don’t burn wet wood. If homeowners are choosing to burn wet or poor-quality wood this will increase levels of PM2.5 particulates in their emissions. As well as an intention to phase out the most polluting fuels, the government’s strategy sets out that only the cleanest stoves will be available for sale by 2022, thereby prohibiting the sale of heavily polluting stoves. Today’s Defra Exempt and Ecodesign compliant appliances have been engineered to reduce emissions by 80-90% compared to open fires and old stoves. Through our network of stove manufacturers, installers, sweeps and fuel suppliers we are working hard to educate consumers on making the right choices that will benefit our environment.

China may delay import ban until 2021

Exports of secondary raw materials such as waste paper to China could continue for an extra year until 2021 at least, reports from China have indicated.

British bread firm Hovis, has introduced all-electric vehicles to its fleet for deliveries up and down the country

The announcement was made today, as the organisation continues its objective to reduce both exhaust and noise pollution in urban areas across the UK. Hovis will be one of the first FMCG businesses to deliver bread via an all-electric vehicle and is trialling two 7.5 tonne FUSO eCanter trucks for deliveries in London. Manufactured by FUSO Trucks, the vehicles can travel up to 60 miles on a single trip, with the first delivery of vehicles taking place at Tesco’s Rainham store.

LARAC Conference "the leading event in the local authority waste and recycling calendar"

“The LARAC Conference is the leading event in the local authority waste and recycling calendar. Welcoming more than 400 attendees, of which around 250 are from local and central government, the event spans across two days providing a wealth of ideas and encouragement and promoting collaboration and knowledge sharing between authorities".


Changes to the PPE Regulations

BSI White Paper

Transition from OHSAS 18001 to ISO 45001

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Transition From OHSAS 18001 to ISO 45001

Latest update on ISO 45001 as @ April 2017

ISO/DIS 45001.2:2017 (commonly referred to as ISO/DIS2 45001), the first global Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) management system standard has been published.

ISO 45001 is intended to replace the widely implemented BS OHSAS 18001. It is anticipated that organisations currently certified to BS OHSAS 18001 will need to migrate to ISO 45001 within three years of the new standard’s publication as BS OHSAS 18001 is likely to be withdrawn.

It is currently envisaged by the British Standards Institute (BSI) that the next stages of the development of ISO 45001 to be:

  • From April 2017 - a four month period to allow for translations and a ballot to be held
  • From the 19th May 2017 - the draft standard will be available for review at no cost (clause by clause) on BSI’s online draft review system

The results of the ballot will determine the next stage. Publication could now be as early as November 2017 (if no Final Draft International Standard (FDIS) document is required), and as late as Q2 2018 if an FDIS is required.

ISO/IEC 27001

I am pleased to announce the addition of ISO/IEC 27001 to my portfolio. ISO 27001 is a global standard for information security management systems. It is a formal process on how to manage information security effectively, identifying threats and minimising risks. Information security covers many issues from copyright to internet security, and the proprietary information an organisation has is now recognised as one of its main assets.

An Information Security Management System is a systematic approach to managing sensitive company information to ensure it remains secure. It includes people, processes and IT systems by applying a risk management process.

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