• Hazards – Are you missing the obvious?

    20th October, 2015 | by Andrew Barham
    Workers Inspecting in hard hats and high-Vis vets for hazards Read more

    When it comes to identifying hazards and risks, it’s a good idea to work with an experienced group and include people both familiar with the work area, as well as ‘fresh eyes’ – those that aren’t familiar with the work. When we go through tasks regularly, it’s easy to be blind to the risks and hazards, as I will details below.

  • ISO 14001:2015 – What will your auditor be asking?

    30th September, 2015 | by Andrew Barham
    shipping container holding yard Read more
    With ISO 14001 having changed to 2015 version, what will auditors be looking for? What questions will they be asking?

      Generally, when something changes, that will be what the auditor is going to focus on; the vindictive auditor will try to catch you out, to show they know more than you, and make themselves look good. The professional environmental auditor will focus on the continual improvement approach and appreciate that management systems change and improve over time. Either way, to avoid non-conformities, you still need to be prepared. We’ve put together five key questions we think auditors will be asking, and we’ve also suggested how your environmental management system could address it. …and for you technical “system types” we’ve added some useful tips to make sure you are fully up to speed.  

  • Transition to ISO 9001:2015. What will the auditor ask?

    9th September, 2015 | by Andrew Barham
    Read more

    Generally, when something changes, that will be what the auditor is going to focus on; the vindictive auditor will try and catch you out, to show they know more than you, and make themselves look good. The professional auditor will focus on the continual improvement approach and appreciate that management systems change and improve over time.

  • The New ISO Standards

    19th August, 2015 | by Andrew Barham
    Read more

    Our training is ready to go…are you?

    The long wait is over, ISO has released the final drafts for both ISO 9001 Quality Management systems and IS0 14001 Environmental Management systems in line with the 10 clauses of the ISO high-level structure. Plus, Exemplar Global has now compiled and issued the performance criteria for training providers training in the new ISO standards.

  • The Positives and Pitfalls of Auditing Checklists

    25th June, 2015 | by Andrew Barham
    Management interview Read more

    Every auditing course you go on, every book you read about auditing, every standard that’s been written essentially all say the same thing ­– if you audit you should use a checklist! Now that’s all good and fine, but there are some things to be aware of. Here we’re going to explain the good and some of the pitfalls of checklists and then we will recommend some ways to address them.

  • Four key changes to the ISO standards.

    10th June, 2015 | by Andrew Barham
    Read more

    Whilst there are many changes to the new standards for Quality, Environment and OHS management systems; ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 45001. Here are four changes to the ISO standards which we think have the potential to create some real positive benefits.

  • What Makes a Good Auditor?

    4th May, 2015 | by PwC's Auditor Training & Certification
    women enjoying her career Read more

    When it comes to being a good auditor it’s not all about Standards and tick sheets. It has everything to do with trust.

    If the organisation being audited doesn’t trust the auditor then the whole exercise is a lost cause. But how do you position yourself as a trustworthy auditor? Below are the dos and don’ts of making the right impression on your clients and employer.

  • Embrace the Change – ISO 9001:2015

    22nd April, 2015 | by Andrew Barham
    Read more

    We have delivered the first in a series of workshops being run around the country addressing the upcoming changes to ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and new ISO 45001. The overwhelming takeaway from the first seminar is Don’t Panic! 

  • 8 things an Auditor should never say

    11th March, 2015 | by PwC's Auditor Training & Certification
    What to say Read more

    The role of the auditor encompasses many things, and while we should remember our personal behaviours, sometimes we can slip into bad habits. To help, we’ve outlined eight key things that auditors should never say.

  • Risks, Threats and Opportunities – Why is ISO sending mixed messages?

    25th February, 2015 | by Andrew Barham
    man walking through glass building Read more

    The new draft international standards for ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015, and ISO 45001:2016 are sending mixed messages with regard to risk. Both ISO 9001 for Quality and ISO 45001 for OH&S say that organizations need to address risks and opportunities (clause 6.1) which suggests that risks are negative and opportunities are positive.

“Although I find the topic interesting, I think it is generally classed as being quite dry. Pat’s delivery of the program was excellent and engaging, with his experience being profoundly beneficial to my own professional development.”

“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!”

×
Menu