What is a standard? A standard is a document that provides requirements, specifications, guidelines or characteristics that can be used consistently to ensure that materials, products, processes and services are fit for their purpose. What are the benefits of ISO International Standards? ISO International Standards ensure that products and services are safe, reliable and of good quality. For business, they are strategic tools that reduce costs by minimizing waste and errors, and increasing productivity. They help companies to access new markets, level the playing field for developing countries and facilitate free and fair global trade. Service & Expertise ISO 9001 : Quality ISO 14001 : Environment OHSAS 18001 : Occupational Health & Safety ISO/TS 16949 : Automotive Production Organizations ISO 13485 : Medical Devices ISO 22000 : Food & Safety Management ISO/IEC 27001 : Information Security & Security RA Analysis ISO 28000 : Security Management Systems For The Supply Chain SS506 : Safety And Health System Risk Management System : bizSAFE Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, Level 4 & Star BS25999/SS540 : Business Continuity Management System (BCM) ISO 31000 : Risk Management – Principles & Guidelines SS ISO 50001 : Energy Management BENEFITS OF ISO 9001:2015 Enhance organization’s performance as the QMS will be integrated and aligned to organization’s objectives. Greater emphasis on top management involvement will help to ensure that employees are motivated to achieving the stated goals and objectives. Risk-based approach will enable the organization to use its QMS as a governance tool to identify business opportunities and effectively manage the risks. Risk-based approach will enable the organization to use its QMS as a governance tool to identify business opportunities and effectively manage the risks. Enable the organization to effectively measure performance and continually improve their core processes. WHY it is needed? Instant Market Recognition – with the ISO 9001 certificate and logo; Requirements for risk-based thinking to support and improve the understanding and application of the process approach. Increased emphasis on organizational context. Responsibilities and involvement of the top management. Following the market trend – to meet customer demands; Improved customer relationship with better management & control – hence increased sales and market share; Towards business excellence and profit sustainability – through knowledge management; Reduced operating costs – through management & work standardization, prevention of repetitive mistakes and reinventing the wheels. BENEFITS OF ISO 14001:2015 Like ISO 9001, ISO 14001 is a product of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). ISO 14001 is the world’s first generic, internationally recognized standard for environmental management. Of the group of ISO 14000 standards, ISO 14001 is the actual standard to which companies get registered. Experts are predicting that the impacts of this dynamic standard will transcend the vast popularity of the world-renowned ISO 9000 quality standard. ISO 14001 measures the conformance of an organization’s EMS to the specified requirements. Reduction in insurance costs by demonstrating better risk management. Avoiding fines and penalties from not meeting environmental legislation by identifying environmental risks and addressing weaknesses. Improved corporate image among regulators, customers and the public. Reduced cost of waste management. Savings in consumption of energy and materials. Compliance with environmental laws and regulations. Cost savings through the reduction of waste and more efficient use of natural resources (electricity, water, gas and fuels.) BENEFITS OF OHSAS 18001 OHSAS stands for Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Specification. In April 1999, the British Standards Institute released the specification that they called OHSAS 18001. This was developed in response to strong worldwide demand for a generalized, comprehensive outline for managing occupational health & safety issues. A growing number of organizations are becoming interested in attaining registration to this specification. They understand that this will provide them numerous benefits, including: Ensuring the proper and effective management of worker health & safety. Ensuring the proper and effective management of worker health & safety. The potential to obtain lower insurance premiums by showing insurers that they are carefully managing risk. WHO NEEDS ISO 27001? Any organization that holds sensitive information is a candidate for ISO 27001 certification. In particular, companies in the healthcare, finance, public, and IT sectors can benefit greatly from a certified ISMS. SO 27001 is the international standard for Information Security Management Systems (ISMS). It provides a model for risk assessment, security design and implementation, and security management. The ISO 27001 standard specifies implementation and management guidelines to help keep your digital and paper information safe. The security controls are to implement confidentiality, integrity and ensure working practices are in place to safeguard any data and information of ‘interested parties’. Included in this are customers, employees, partners (suppliers) and the general public. Organisations that manage without significant controls and protected systems are more vulnerable to fraud and viruses, security breaches and lost data as critical information can be accessed without their permission. The standard is particularly popular where information protection is critical, such as in the finance, health, public and IT sectors (especially IT outsourcing companies). BENEFITS OF ISO 22000:2005 Staff capability and competency Risk management – covering from handling raw food materials to the point of consumption. Customer confidence – demonstrate an effective HACCP system based on local or international requirements. Legal compliance/requirements for food sectors Positive image of the company by its commitment to food safety This standard specifies the requirements for a food safety management system where an organization in the food chain needs to demonstrate its ability to control food safety hazards in order to ensure that food is safe at the time of human consumption. ISO 22000:2005 combines the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) plan with prerequisite programs (PRPs) and integrates them with the application steps developed by the Codex Alimentarius Commission. It is applicable to all organizations that are involved in any aspect of the food chain and want to implement systems that consistently provide safe products. ISO 22000:2005 was published in September 2005. The ISO 22000:2005 is an international standard that defines the FSMS requirements to be used by organizations in food supply chain. The purpose is to provide practical Food Safety Management System (FSMS) to ensure the reduction and elimination of food safety risks. WHAT IS SS 540:2008? The National Business Continuity Management (BCM) Programme has published in November 2008 and effectively implemented on 1 December 2008 the BCM management standard SS 540:2008 It is a holistic management approach of identifying potential incidents that threaten an organisation and to build resilience and capability to safeguard the interest of key stakeholders. Benefits of BCM Ensures continuous operation of key business functions during disaster. Protects and preserves the interests of its stakeholders. Reduces financial impacts and liability actions. To be acknowledged as a reputable business partner and gains consumer confidence. WHAT IS ISO 50001? ISO 50001:2011 is an energy management system standard meant to help organizations improve how they use energy. The standard promotes energy efficiency through measures and controls meant to help you reach your energy goals. ISO 50001 does NOT set energy goals, it is up to the organization to decide what they wish to achieve. ISO 50001 is based – like most management standards – on the Plan, Do, Check, Act (PDCA) model. The PDCA model facilitates continual improvement, a guiding tenet of successful ISO standards such as ISO 9001 and ISO 14001. The principles of continual improvement help your organization get better with time, which gives organizations the potential for more savings as time goes on. In addition to cost savings, ISO 50001 is intended to accomplish the following: Assist organizations in making better use of their existing energy-consuming assets. Offer guidance on benchmarking, measuring, documenting, and reporting energy intensity improvements and their projected reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. Create transparency and facilitate communication on the management of energy resources. Promote energy management best practices and reinforce good energy management behaviors. Assist facilities in evaluating and prioritizing the implementation of new energy-efficient technologies. Provide a framework for promoting energy efficiency throughout the supply chain. Facilitate energy management improvements for greenhouse gas emission reduction projects. Allow integration with other organization management systems such as environment and health & safety. The rising cost of energy is a glaring expense on every organization’s financials. Our world uses more energy today than ever before, and the demand is only projected to rise. Between 2007 and 2035, world consumption of energy is projected to increase 49%. One cause of this is our booming population, which is projected to reach 9 billion by 2050. Another cause is the amount of energy used in factories, hotels, airports, and other commercial buildings. In order to maintain reasonable energy consumption patterns for our children, our world needs to control how we use energy and manage the process for continually improving our energy efficiency. To this end, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) created ISO 50001. ISO 50001 is an international energy management standard can help organizations understand their energy systems and improve their energy intensity and efficiency. In pilot programs across the nation, organizations have shown significant energy savings when adhering to the ISO 50001 standard. In Texas, one plant realized 14.9% in energy savings over a 24 month period. How could savings such as those impact your bottom line?