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 It’s looking likely that the Standard may not be published until October 2017 at the earliest, and the growing possibility is that it may not be released until early 2018.

ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015

If you’re certified against ISO 9001:2008 or ISO 14001:2004, you need to be transferring over to the updated Standard by September 2018. If you’d like to learn more about the updates, we have prepared some free to download documents which talks you through the terminology of the update. They are available to download and view here: ISO 9001:2015ISO 14001:2015

If you’re certified with us, then we can straight-forwardly certify you against the 2015 updates at your next Surveillance or Re-certification audit at your request.

Happy Christmas from Interface NRM

This has been the busiest year yet for the Interface NRM team! We have certified a record number of clients against ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001, and we also have some exciting new ventures for the New Year ahead!

We’ve noticed a trend in SME’s from the Birmingham area enquiring about gaining ISO 14001 Certification with us this year, and we have really enjoyed working with them! We’ve also welcomed some new faces to the team in the form of our Digital Marketing Executive, Charlotte and our Business Services Manager Greg!

We would like to wish all our clients, old and new a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We look forward to working with you again in 2017!

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Guidance for SME’s using ISO 9001:2015

The International Standards Organisation (ISO) has recently released a handbook for SME’s who are considering ISO 9001:2015 certification

The handbook was written by the same committee who developed the Standard’s 2015 update, so you know the advice in the handbook is relevant and be able to work in line with ISO’s requirements. Included within is advice on the different ways of approaching a quality management system, as well as detailed guidance on each element of the updated Standard.
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ISO 9001:2015 is perfect for every company, irrespective of it’s size, but the handbook focuses specifically on maximising the benefit for SMEs. It’s clear and concise, and explains the requirements of a Quality Management System, before guiding you through the process of implementation. It also provides thorough explanations of Quality Management Systems, and how it can help your small/medium-sized enterprise improve quality in work, services and products, thereby improving their customer relationship, their credibility, as well as strengthening ties with other stakeholders.

ISO 9001:2015 for Small Enterprises – What to do? is available to download from the ISO Shop.

ISO 9001:2015 is an Internationally recognised Standard. For more information on getting certified, or for a free quote, call us on 01952 288325, or fill out our online enquiry form.

FAQ’s About ISO 14001:2015

Some of our Frequently Asked Questions regarding the ISO 14001:2015 update

Who is it for?

This Standard is perfect for any SME, multi-sites and larger organisations, no matter the nature of the business.

What is it for?

The Standard helps organisations achieve industry regulated requirements to demonstrate to stakeholders that you consider the environment, and could give you more success when applying for tenders.

It also provides help on how to integrate the use of environmental performance evaluation techniques (EPE) and how to seamlessly merge Environmental Management Systems (EMS) with other compatible management systems, such as ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems (QMS).

This Standard is also very useful for multi-sites, as it provides a steady framework all sites can work to when implementing ISO 14001.

How can my business benefit?

The Standard can help your organisation develop, whilst still reducing the environmental impact of your organisational growth. It aids in enhancing your reputation with customers, stakeholders and the public, whilst also meeting regulatory Standards set by the industry, as well as local authorities and the government and assists you in the Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (PPQ) stage when applying for tenders. For many industries, an up-to-date ISO 14001 certificate is a necessity to be considered for a tender.

How is this different to my ISO 14001:2004 Standard?

The Standard was updated to make sure it seamlessly provided continual help with your business processes, enabling you to save money and deal with the environmental challenges that lie ahead in the near future. Whilst it still maintains a phased approach when managing risk and legislation compliance, other phases and stages have been updated.

Read a more in-depth review of the ISO 14001:2015 update, and comparisons with the 2004 version of the Standard here.

ISO 14001:2015 is an internationally recognised Standard. If you have any questions or would like a free quote, call us today on 01952 288325 and talk to a member of our dedicated team or fill out our online enquiry form