Concern over information security has risen in recent years and this coupled with recognition of the value of information to an organization along with best practice has led to the development of a management system for Information Security – ISO 27001.
The standard helps organizations ensure business continuity and minimize business damage by preventing and reducing the impact of security incidents. Identifying, controlling and mitigating these risks allows organizations to function effectively and reduce security incidents, which can have serious financial and business implications.
The ISMS standard is suitable for any organizations, in any sector, but is particularly suitable for those sectors where information is sensitive and critical such as IT, public agencies or finance as well as those who manage information on behalf of others.
A certified ISMS can help assure customers that their information is secure and protected.
Benefits of an Information Security Management System
Customer Assurance and Credibility - Increased customer confidence that your organization is able to manage and protect their information.
Company Perception - A means to differentiate your organization from competitors who may not have the same approach to risk mitigation.
Financial Benefits - Loss of information can be costly and security breaches are bad publicity for organizations. Information itself may include financial or other similar data with direct financial implications.
Legal Compliance - Registration indicates to authorities that the organization complies with all current legal and statutory legislation.
Employee Awareness - The certified ISMS will raise employee awareness of security issues and their responsibilities within the organization and reduce the risk of security breaches.
Whatever business you are in, we will be happy to advise you on the most cost-effective route to ISO 27001 registration.
Food safety has never had a higher profile. The need to ensure that all those involved in food production, throughout
the food supply chain, are working to rigorous guidelines and standards has become a prerequisite to trade in
this sector. The food safety management standard, ISO 22000, provides a common standard that enables organizations
to demonstrate their commitment to food safety.
The standard has been developed by the International organizations for Standardization (ISO) in conjunction with food experts and associations from across the globe and is based around HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points). The fundamental principle of the standard is to "plan, design, implement, operate, maintain and update a food safety management system aimed at providing products that, according to their intended use, are safe for the consumer".
ISO 22000 provides a relevant standard that helps the food industry demonstrate adherence to food safety principles for customers and consumers. It provides a management system framework to bring together the tools, techniques, process control and regulatory requirements for ensuring food safety.
This management tool can be used by all, from primary producers, through manufacturers, storage and transportation operations right through to retail and food service outlets, giving a common framework for use throughout the industry, as well as a system that is internationally recognized. With correlation between the requirements of both ISO 22000 and ISO 9001:2008 integration of the management systems is a real possibility.
ISO 14001 has been developed in response to rising concern about the effect our activities and businesses are having on ourselves and the world in which we live. This has lead to an increasing number of studies of environmental impacts and the growth of environmental standards and regulations.
ISO 14001 is an international standard that provides a framework for organizations of any size to control and improve environmental performance via an Environmental Management System (EMS). More and more organizations are seeking to demonstrate sound environmental performance as the issue has gained ground in recent years and will continue to do so. In many sectors certification to ISO 14001 has almost become a de facto requirement for trade, as organizations in the supply chain seek to mitigate environmental risk.
ISO 14001 involves:
Developing an environmental policy
Identifying environmental aspects and impacts
Planning how to fulfill the environmental policy
Implementing means to control and mitigate environmental risk
Checking effectiveness of the EMS and making improvements
Reviewing the EMS with top management
These elements will drive your organization to continually develop your environmental performance and achieve greater recognition in the marketplace you operate in.
The internationally recognized specification OHSAS 18001 was developed in response to market demand for a health and safety management system standard against which organizations may be assessed and certified. It has become increasingly apparent that companies want to manage health and safety in the same way as other core business activities.
The implementation of a management system that can be audited, which extends beyond compliance with minimum legal requirements enables organizations to take action to improve health and safety within the business environment. OHSAS is a means to control and mitigate risk and subsequently minimize harm to people linked with your business activities.
Assessment and certification to OHSAS 18001 demonstrates an organization’s commitment to continual improvement in health and safety performance and to compliance with legislation through maintenance of an Occupational Health and Management System (OHSMS).
The basic OHSMS elements are:
Formulating and maintaining an OH&S Policy
Planning for hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control
Implementing and operating the system to achieve the policy aims
Checking the effectiveness of the system and correcting deviations
Reviewing the OHSMS with top management
(BS) OHSAS 18001:2007
The new United Kingdom and International Occupational Health and Safety Management System Standards were published in July 2007. All certified organizations must be registered to the new standard by 1st July 2009, after which the previous version ceases to be valid.
There have been a number of significant changes to the first edition of OHSAS 18001 that was published in 1999. One of the principal changes is greater emphasis on health rather than just safety and improved alignment to ISO 14001:2004 to enable organizations to develop integrated management systems. A PDF summary of the revisions is available for download.
OHSAS 18001 certification will help to develop and promote an effective health and safety culture within your organization and provide the credentials your organization needs.
A quality management system can improve the way you do business and improve the amount of business you carry out as you become more efficient and therefore more profitable.
ISO 9001:2008 is the internationally recognized standard for quality. Certification to it reassures your customers that your organization is fully committed to quality by continuously undergoing the scrutiny of an accredited third party certification body.
From the outset, benefits become apparent as the implementation process itself makes you focus on the workings of your business.
The benefits can be manifold:
- improvements in the delivery of your service
- improvements in line management structures
- improvements in communication, planning and administration
- improvements in wastage through a reduction in rejects and failures from design through to supply
- improvements in the management of suppliers and subcontractors
- improvements in competitiveness by using ISO 9001:2008 as an important marketing too
ISO 9001:2008 is not about establishing a new system, it just documents your existing procedures to ensure that they meet the standard to deliver increased efficiencies and increased profit. ISO 9001:2008 says more about the quality of your company than you can.
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