• Corrective or Preventive Action – Risk based thinking?

    7th November, 2016 | by Andrew Barham
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    Recently I had a lovely email from a past student saying that she missed our blogs. We have been a little slack and I must admit that we haven’t published one for about three months! Sorry.

    Well I rang her and asked if she had any topics in particular that she would like us to write about. A little later I received an email offering two topics which had come about from findings by her employer’s external certification auditor. These were:

    1. Being proactive in preventative action
    2. Emergency Preparedness & Response (going beyond a fire drill).

    I’m going to address the first topic in this post and I’ll talk about the other in ‘Emergency testing- It’s more than just a fire drill’

  • ISO 14001:2015 has now been here for a while – what are auditors asking to see?

    25th October, 2016 | by Andrew Barham
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    It’s almost a year since ISO 14001 was updated to the 2015 version, so most systems should now be well on the way to addressing the changed requirements.

    Just to make sure that you haven’t missed any of the key points, we have put together 6 of the big ticket items we believe auditors will be focusing on – all from the first half of 14001!

  • Auditor Training Centre Acquired by PwC

    27th July, 2016 | by The Auditor
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    Leading assurance, advisory, and tax services firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has acquired Queensland, Australia-based, Exemplar Global certified training provider Auditor Training Centre.

  • Who wants to be an auditor – good prospects for young females?

    16th May, 2016 | by Tom Barham
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    Here at PwC’s Auditor Training & Certification, we train a lot of people who want to become auditors.

    Because we like a bit of data analysis, we thought we’d crunch some numbers to see who it is that wants to become an auditor.

    The results aren’t too surprising, but they do help to confirm a few things that most of us were probably thinking.

  • What is Different in ISO 45001:2016?

    4th May, 2016 | by Andrew Barham
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    In Australia and New Zealand, we have had AS/NZS 4801 since 2001, and in the world of management system standards that is quite a long time. Whilst the British did come up with OHSMS 18001 in 1999, last reviewed in 2007, this has been treated as a more international standard than 4801 however, it is still not an ISO standard. But the wait is nearly over – ISO 45001 is on its way. But it asks the question – what is different in ISO 45001?

  • Verification Vs Validation

    6th April, 2016 | by Andrew Barham
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    Verification and validation are two terms that we often see within management system standards, such as in the design and development section of ISO 9001, however the two are often confused. Both are used as part of the process of checking, verification ensures that the subject meets its requirements or specifications, while validation checks that it is fit for purpose. In the simplest terms, verification could be expressed as ‘are we building it right?’, whereas validation is ‘did we build the right thing?’

  • How to become an Auditor

    14th March, 2016 | by Andrew Barham
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    Do you want to be an auditor?

    After reading our previous article about Why you would want to be an auditor, you have realised you:

    1. like meeting people,
    2. seeing new things,
    3. being challenged, and
    4. doing something different each day,

    then you have probably realised that you REALLY want to be an auditor right?

    That’s great – but not sure how to go about it? Here it is all laid out for you.

  • ISO, corrective action, a fuel leak, and the two-way radio

    4th March, 2016 | by Andrew Barham
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    Whilst auditing in a very hot and very dusty gas field many years ago, I was interested in the business’s corrective action process and how effective it was. Going through their corrective action register, I picked out an entry about a mobile compressor that had leaked some fuel onto the ground. When asked what happened, they explained the compressor was a relatively new one they’d bought from overseas and the fuel tank had split causing the leak. They cleaned up the spill, the leak was repaired, and the corrective action report closed. I checked the corrective action report and sure enough, that was what was recorded.

  • Why recording evidence when writing non-conformances drives the wrong behaviour?

    12th February, 2016 | by Andrew Barham
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    When writing non-conformances, you are meant to identify and record the evidence that you saw to justify the non-conformity. While this is correct, it does have a tendency to drive the wrong behavior in that the evidence that you record is all that gets fixed.

  • Why Would you Want to be an Auditor?

    5th February, 2016 | by Andrew Barham
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    Why would you want to be an auditor?

    What on earth possesses people to be an auditor? Why would you want to be seen as boring and dull? You sit there with your glasses perched on the end of your nose reading through reams and reams of paper, trying to find the one little bit that’s not quite as it should be, just so you can catch them out. The only time you see an auditor smile is when they find somebody has done something wrong.

    Well, if that is your perception of being an auditor you’ve got it all wrong. It’s a great job.

“This was one of the best training courses I have been on. Tom was engaging and kept the information relevant.”

“Many thanks Tom, I really enjoyed the course and will get a lot of use from it at my workplace.”

“Overall very valuable course. Balance of theory with practical workshops was excellent. Trainers stuck to timetable very well.”

“The course was thorough and many relevant examples provided by both Tom and Jackie to help me apply it to the workplace.”

“Great presentation of the course, engaging facilitators and good use of group work. I found the course to be a great refresher for an audit course I did 10 years ago and now feel more motivated to go audits in a non-bow tie way!”

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