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Improvement – Our Path to Success!

ISO Clause 10 requires Improvement – in fact, the word improvement appears 24 times in ISO 9001. And we all know that we have to tweak things continually to stay just a bit ahead of the competition. If we’re not […]

Are Your Measurements Killing Performance?

Clause 9 requires that we monitor and measure the effectiveness of our management systems. For many, this becomes a chore with little or no valuable information to show for all their work. So if we’re measuring, let’s make sure it’s […]

Coronavirus Protection Tips – Dr. James Robb, MD FCAP  

From James Robb, MD FCAP, a pathologist and molecular virologist. Date: February 26, 2020 at 2:35:50 PM EST Subject: What I am doing for the upcoming COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic Dear Colleagues, as some of you may recall, when I was […]

Smooth Operator – ISO Clause 8

This is the ‘Rubber Hits the Road’ clause, especially for ISO 9001. The EMS and OHS standards both include the ‘Emergency and Preparedness’ in this section – Operations. By using a flowchart to illustrate your workflow you’ll be able to […]

Rounding Up Our Resources – ISO Clause 7

To deliver what your customer wants, you need resources! The better you manage them, the more profitable you’ll be. The better motivated your people are, the more resilient your organization will be, even in the Public Service – you’ll be […]

What? More Changes ?!?

Yes, and it’ll help us get better at what we do! Well, even though variety is the spice of life,  ‘change’ is not always welcomed with open arms. I think that’s why TC 176 included clause 6.3 setting out requirements […]

SMART Targets…

Clause 6.2 requires that we set measurable objectives. This helps motivate people – just strap a FitBit to someone’s wrist and watch what happens! Try SMART targets to make things clear to your folks: Specific Measurable Attainable (or Action-oriented) Relevant […]

Risky Business

Tackling Clause 6.1 in ISO 9001 can be structured by using Ishikawa’s fishbone diagram. You can ‘reverse engineer’ it to create a framework for a simple risk approach. Ishikawa discovered that most non-conformances typically have their ‘root cause’ in one or […]

Take Me To Your Leader!

The Leadership Clause in all of the popular ISO Standards has some specifc requirements for Management to meet. They’re all helpful and will get Management more involved than ‘back in the day’. ISO 9001 has 10 requirements, ISO 14001 has […]

Are We Out of Context?

In Clause 4 of ISO Standards using the High Level Structure (HLS) you’ll see that we’re required to identify ‘internal issues’, ‘external issues’ and ‘interested parties and their requirements’. What possible value can this bring us? First of all, change […]