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ISO 14001 and Art World Conservation

Here at Interface we are observing Art World Conservation which takes place from the 4th to the 25th of August. It is a 3-week charity event which will be held at The Royal Horticultural Society Halls in London. This event is to raise awareness about Wildlife, Conservation and Climate Change.

More information on this event can be found at http://artworldconservation.com/

What Can We Do To Help?

As a business, you can implement ISO 14001 to reduce waste and increase recycling. This in turn can lead to a long-term cost saving, as well as benefiting the environment.

Want To Know More?

Call us on 01952 288325, initiate a live chat, or fill out our online enquiry form.

ISO 9001 and 14001 Certification: benefits from the new Standard

The new Standard has been out and about for over a year now. Most of our clients have either developed a new system, or a well into the process of doing so. Many are now reflecting on the benefits of the 2015 Standard. And, to be honest, most clients do seem to be finding the new Standard beneficial. After some grumblings about having to rewrite systems documents and ‘change the whole thing’, most clients have seen value in moving to a more risk-based approach, and some have started to fundamentally change the way they audit. For some of our clients there has been a quite profound change, and they are now focused more on critical control points, and using their internal audit to better understand and manage risk.

Not surprisingly, there has been significant uptake if the advantages for integration of management systems, and we have a significant percentage of clients who have integrated ISO 9001 and ISO 14001; either adding a certificate or merging their instrumentation together. Many HSE managers have seen the advantage of this, and we imagine that when ISO 45001 is finally released this will further increase.

ISO 9001 & ISO 14001 Benefits

There are several benefits to implementing ISO 9001 & ISO 14001 management systems. By gaining certification your business could open itself up to whole new markets, and increase your success when applying for tenders.

As well as this other benefits include:

  • Reduction in waste and consumption
  • Effective risk management
  • Possible reduction in insurance costs
  • A competitive advantage against other businesses in your sector
  • Improved customer satisfaction and loyalty
  • Stronger stakeholder relationships

To find out more about gaining one or both of these Standards, get in touch today on 01952 288325, or fill out our online enquiry form.

World Wetlands Day

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We are observing World Wetlands Day! Our wetlands across the globe need to be protected from drainage. Wetlands are integral to protecting us against the effects of natural distasters and extreme weather, but many are being drained to build housing, or mismanaged to create fish-farms, or polluted by industrial waste. It’s important that we recognise the importance of these wetlands – luckily they can be recreated easily, and in much less time than other vital habitat such as ancient forests and jungles.

 

For more information on wetlands visit http://www.worldwetlandsday.org/

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.