4th November, 2014 | by Andrew Barham
The requirements in quality, environmental, and occupational health and safety management systems standards are similar, there are some areas where one or more of the standards are stronger or more specific than in the other standards. We’ve made a sample list of the differences in the standards that you should be aware of.
28th October, 2014 | by Andrew Barham
Corrective and Preventive Actions are key elements in any management system. However, they are particularly key in systems focused on Continual Improvement. Any business using ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, or AS/NZS 4801 as the core of its management systems should have this type of focus. Unfortunately, many still don’t.
20th January, 2014 | by Andrew Barham
In our opinion, writing non-conformances is one of the most important aspects of auditing, and as far as an auditee is concerned one of the aspects of auditing that is of most interest to them.
8th January, 2014 | by Andrew Barham
ISO 19011:2011 describes the following personal behaviours as being required by auditors; Ethical, Open minded, Diplomatic, Observant, Perceptive, Versatile, Tenacious, Decisive, Self-reliant, Acting with fortitude, Open to improvement, Culturally sensitive and Collaborative.
From experience, the following are pretty handy too…
20th December, 2013 | by Andrew Barham
Audit interviews are arguably the most important part of the audit. They are what gives us, the auditors, the evidence to make informed decisions about an organisation’s compliance with the audit criteria.
In order to help, the Auditor Training Centre have developed a list of nine do’s and don’ts to remember when you’re conducting an audit interview.
4th September, 2013 | by Andrew Barham
ISO 9001 forms part of a broader suite of international standards relating to the requirements, implementation, and maintenance of a Quality Management System. These standards offer guidance and tools for organisations wishing to ensure that their products and services consistently meet their customers’ requirements and for continual improvement.
15th August, 2013 | by Andrew Barham
Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems (OHMS) are designed to manage health and safety data to give an organisation the best chances of having an incident-free workplace.
15th July, 2013 | by PwC's Auditor Training & Certification
Our second post of this series focuses on the purchasing of goods and services within an Integrated Management System or IMS.
The purchasing manager can heavily impact upon the company’s Quality, Environmental, and Safety objectives and targets, and is responsible for an area of business where an organisation will spend a significant portion of its money.
12th July, 2013 | by Andrew Barham
Continuing on from our recent series on questions to ask top management, our next series focuses on other levels of management incorporated in an Integrated Management System. Throughout an audit, the auditor will conduct a series of interviews with managers and other staff at varying levels in the organisation.
28th June, 2013 | by Andrew Barham
Meetings with Top Management can be daunting, especially for new auditors. To help, we’ve outlined twelve questions that we believe all auditors should know to ask Top Management, and that Top Management should know about their Quality Management System.