Have you ever wondered how an ISO standard is developed?

How is an ISO standard developed?

The key principles in standard development are:

  1. Standards respond to a need in the market.
  2. Standards are based on global expert opinion.
  3. Standards are developed through a multi-stakeholder process.
  4. Standards are based on a consensus.

You can learn more about this on the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) website here.

You can also get involved in standards development, whether you are a consumer or in business you can be part of the next generation of standards. Find out more about getting involved.

This week we have been certifying against ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 18001 in Coventry, London and Winchester.

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OHSAS 18001 Becoming an ISO Standard?

It keeps being reported that OHSAS 18001 is being turned into an ISO Standard, but we’ve yet to see anything materialise. The International Standards Organisation has been back-and-forth trying to create ISO 45001 from OHSAS 18001, but as yet, nothing is set in stone. So what’s gone on so far?

According to an update on the International Standardization Organisation’s website, the publication of ISO 45001, the new international audit Standard, expected to replace OHSAS 18001 Standard (occupational health and safety), has been extended again. The final publication is set to be released in December 2017, which is approximately 18 months later than the original planned release date of June 2016!

The Standard was originally delayed earlier in 2016 due to a huge number of comments received during a public consultation of the Standard. Over 3,000 comments were made regarding making changes to definitions of key concepts, and other minor changes which has set back the release date.

The original timetable reported the draft text would be finalised by October 2016, but this target has clearly been missed. Now there are reports that additional meetings are scheduled on 6th and 10th February 2017 in Austria. It’s looking likely that the Standard may not be published until October 2017 at the earliest, and the growing possibility is that it may not be released until early 2018.

OHSAS 18001 Certification for Arboricultural Companies

Occupational Health and Safety Standard 18001 for the Arboriculture Sector

Aboricultural companies will know all to well the importance of meeting Health and Safety requirements when applying for work. Whether it be winning tenders or completing supplier evaluations, Health and Safety is a must.

With Interface NRM you can get OHSAS 18001 Certification and meet any Health and Safety requirements that crop up. In addition to this, we can also provide UKAS Accredited ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 Certification. We make the process simple, effective, and efficient, ensuring that the requirements add to the effectiveness of your company, without causing disruption or increased paperwork.

If you are already certified against an ISO standard, get in touch with us, we can provide a better, simpler, and usually cheaper service. We have an in depth knowledge into the Arb sector, due to being run by a chartered forester.

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OHSAS 18001 Certification

All you need to know about OHSAS 18001 Certification (Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems)

OHSAS 18001 is the British Standard for Occupational Health and Safety. It is internationally applied and recognised as a demonstrator of accurate occupational health and safety operation. OHSAS 18001 Certification aligns adequately with the structure and requirements of the popular ISO 9001 and ISO 14001; this means that organisations who are already certified to the ISO 9001 and/or ISO 14001 standard can become OHSAS 18001 Certified more simply.

Perhaps the most important and attractive feature of getting OHSAS 18001 Certification is the ability to advertise of a safe working environment. The reasons behind getting OHSAS 18001 range from remaining up-to-date with legislation and protecting your staff, but some of the many benefits are:

  • Insurance premiums decrease
  • Rates of accidents and incidents decrease
  • Better ability to control occupational health and safety risks
  • Become highly compliant with health and safety legislation
  • Your reputation, with customers and stakeholders, will improve
  • Have a competitive advantage
  • The market is always competitive, and with OHSAS 18001 Certification you can do more than competitive pricing, you can stand out by demonstrating your commitment to providing a reliable service.

    Whether you are already certified to ISO standards or not, get in touch with us to find out how your organisation can benefit from OHSAS 18001 Certification and start the process today.
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    To find out more about ISO 14001 Certification or ISO 9001 Certification please follow the links provided to previous blog posts.