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

    30th September, 2015 | by Andrew Barham
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    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
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    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 Positives and Pitfalls of Auditing Checklists

    25th June, 2015 | by Andrew Barham
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    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.

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

    25th February, 2015 | by Andrew Barham
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    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.

  • Part 4 – What you need to do

    4th February, 2015 | by Andrew Barham
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    For the final in our 4-part series on the upcoming changes to ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and the release of ISO 45001, we’ll be discussing arguably the most important element – what you need to do in the lead up to the release. In particular, we’ll be focusing on two different groups – organizations who are certified, and Exemplar Global registered auditors.

  • Part 3 – The Details – Changes to the Standards

    29th January, 2015 | by PwC's Auditor Training & Certification
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    As the third part in our 4-part series about the upcoming changes to the standards for ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and ISO 45001, we’ll be concentrating on three of the biggest changes for organizations, along with specific details of what that the current drafts of the standards require. The three areas we’ll be featuring are the Context of the organisation, Documented information, and Risk-based thinking.

  • Part 1 – Who are ISO (International Organisation for Standardization)?

    8th December, 2014 | by Andrew Barham
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    As the first in our 4-part series about the upcoming changes to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 and the introduction of ISO 45001, we’d like to introduce to you the organisation behind the standards – the International Organisation for Standardization (ISO).

  • What is the difference between AS/NZS 4801 and OHSAS 18001?

    18th November, 2014 | by Tom Barham
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    As we move towards an increasingly globalised business community, many Australian companies are beginning to wonder – AS/NZS 4801 or OHSAS 18001? Both standards align well with other Management Systems standards, such as ISO 9001:2008 (Quality management systems) and ISO 14001:2004 (Environmental management systems), however this post aims to outline their subtle differences.

  • 21 checklist questions for a design manager from an IMS perspective

    10th November, 2014 | by Andrew Barham
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    Answering positively to all these questions does not assure total compliance to ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and/or AS/NZS 4801/OHSAS 18001 but it does pick up on some of the key aspects of an integrated management system.

  • Differences in the Standards you should be aware of

    4th November, 2014 | by Andrew Barham
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    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.

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