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5 Benefits for Having Your Next Internal Audit Conducted by an External Consultant

The truth doesn’t hurt. In fact, the truth can bring to light areas of operational weakness or dysfunction that senior management can’t see because they are too close. Although it may be uncomfortable to acknowledge these problems, in the end it will be far less painful to learn about these issues from an internal audit…

10 ideas to improve your Quality Management System

A quality management system exists to help a company coordinate and direct their systems and processes in order to ensure they’re able to meet customer expectations and all regulations. Because quality management systems are utilised in order to ensure a business continuously improves the quality of what they do, it’s important that that quality management system be…

Organisational Context – what exactly does that mean?

At its most basic, the context of an organisation is an in-depth review of a business entity which entails its structure, strengths and weaknesses, interested parties, and performance expectations. Establishing context is central to creating policies and procedures that return results and drive continual improvement. Understanding context provides a solid foundation for Health and Safety…

4 Benefits of Implementing ISO 45001 in a Small Business

Working is a part of life, but it can also be dangerous. According to the International Labour Organisation (ILO), almost 2.8 million people die every year because of their work activities – and the vast majority of these deaths are not accident-related. Instead, they are the result of long-term exposure to harmful conditions, and that’s…

How Can Small Businesses Mitigate Information Security Risks by Complying With ISO 27001?

Information security has taken centre stage in strategic planning for businesses of all sizes, whether you have 30 or 30,000 employees. Larger enterprises have the resources to create governance, risk and compliance (GRC) groups, but for small business owners and startup CEOs, all the responsibility for keeping information safe tends to collect at the top….

What Are the Steps to Achieve ISO Certification?

The first step in is certifying that your business is ISO compliant is recognising that there is no single right pathway to get there. While there are multiple pathways for preparing for certification, there is only one pathway for achieving certification. Certification processes can be as unique and individual as a set of company goals…

3 Reasons Why a Small Business Should Comply with ISO 9001

No matter how large or small your business may be, productivity is key to using all of the resources you have available to you. You want to be able to do more with less, reduce waste in your processes, and ensure that your customers are receiving the highest quality you can deliver. From your product…

What is a Management Representative?

A Management Representative is the person appointed by an organisation’s top management who, irrespective of other responsibilities, has the responsibility and authority that includes: Ensuring that processes needed for the management system are established, implemented and maintained, Reporting to top management on the performance of the management system and any need for improvement, and Ensuring…

Setting up a DIY Management System

A question that we regularly get asked by business owners and managers who are looking at purchasing one of our Management System templates is “how much work is required to get ready for an audit after purchasing a template?”. As we have spent many hours refining our templates to cut out most of the work…

2015: Significant Changes to ISO 9001 & ISO 14001

The 2015 revision of ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 involves changes in a clause concerning the identification of the “context of the organisation” (Clause 4). Less prescriptive than its predecessor, and instead focusing on performance, the revised safety and environmental management standards give organisations the opportunity to better align the management system to their strategic…

ANNOUNCEMENT: Introducing our New and Improved ISO Templates for ISO 9001:2015 & ISO 14001:2015

Here at ISO Templates we are proactive at being up-to-date with the latest updates in legal and other requirements. With regards to these recent changes in quality and environmental standards, ISO Templates has introduced updated and improved templates to comply with the new ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015.To check these templates out, click on the link here.