Archive 2016

Scope of the organization

The High Level Structure (HLS) for management systems (which could be ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015 and the pending ISO 45001), states the following requirements for clause 4.3,

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Fire Danger Index (FDR) Saves Lives

Guest Writer, Rob Janssen, reminds us we are approaching the peak fire danger season - and helps us gain an understanding or fire danger ratings and how they can save lives!

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Identifying Health in OHS

According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), there were an estimated 2.34 million deaths in 2013 as a result of work activities, and the greatest majority (2 million) are a result of health issues, rather than injuries. The Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) estimates there are 660 000 deaths a year as a result of cancers arising from work activities, and people in this category often suffer prolonged illness from long-term exposure to risks. These cases should not be ignored by placing the focus on accidents, which are more visible and generally result in immediate action.

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Audit Leadership & Commitment

ISO 9001 and 14001 Standards have always had a level of Top Management commitment requirements, however with the introduction of the High Level Structure (HLS) for management system standards and the recent releases of ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 there is now more emphasis on the demonstration of leadership and commitment.

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Tacit Knowledge

Tacit knowledge which is the kind of knowledge that is difficult to transfer to another person by writing it down or simply just verbalizing. It takes practice, time and experience to master.

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InsideATOL | August Edition

Did you get your copy of the August edition of InsideATOL, our quarterly newsletter? You can still have a read and find out what's happening here...

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What is an Audit?

What is a Management Systems Audit? Surprisingly, one of the most asked questions we receive is ‘What is an audit’? This made me realise that as auditors, we take this for granted and just expect that the entire world also knows what we do! It’s such a simple question however it did require some thought to come up with a simple explanation.

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Turbocharge your audit

If your internal audits are anything like everybody else’s internal audits, they confirm that activities are happening as per planned arrangements, with the planned arrangements being documented things that should happen.

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The cost of quality

There is a cost or costs associated with quality. We’ve heard the slogans, quality is free, or as Benjamin Franklin said “The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten”.

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Why document control is harder now…

In any business; controlling documentation is critical. Is this the correct template? Am I looking at the right drawing? Is this the latest procedure? Am I building this to the right specification?

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What's your eco footprint?

Worldwide there are 4.7 biologically productive acres available per person, and this does not include all of the other plants and animals needed.

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Responsibilities of an Audit Team Leader

So, you want to be an audit team leader? Are you ready for the extra tasks, and do you know what they are? There are additional roles and responsibilities for an audit team leader above those of an auditor and these are important to understand as a team leader and even as an audit team member.

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Think Tank #21

Thursday 2 June 2016 | Did you see our Think Tank on Social Media? Here is this week’s solution...

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What is ISO?

All we hear is ISO Standard, ISO auditors, ISO certification! What exactly is ISO and what does it stand for?

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World Day for Safety and Health at Work

This year, “Workplace Stress: a collective challenge” is the theme of the campaign of the World Day for Safety and Health at Work. The report will draw attention to current global trends on work-related stress and its impact.

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Career path of an Auditor

So, you’re interested in becoming an auditor and have completed the first step of training (see How to become an Auditor). Where can this training now take you? What opportunities are there out there, now and in the future?

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How to become an Auditor

So, you’re looking for a career change? A change that will use your experience and knowledge that you have gained over the years. Auditing could be the solution.

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Online training for Auditors

Whether you are a current active auditor or you are looking for a career change to enhance your specific industry experience, on-line training could be for you! We have come up with some pointers on how on-line auditor training can fit into your busy lives and take you to the next level ….

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Take the fear out of an audit

What happens to you when you hear the word ‘audit’? Does your heart beat faster? Do you break out in a sweat? Never fear – the auditor is here!

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Think Tank 11 | Documented Information

Is documented information determined by the organization to be necessary for the planning and operation of the quality management system required to be identified as appropriate, and controlled?

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Careers Reinvented

The Auditor Training Online crew recently teamed up with Auditor Training Centre and attended the Reinvent Your Career Expo in Brisbane, AUS. See what the team got up to...

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Think Tank 10 | Environmental Policy

Who in an organization is required to ensure that the environmental policy and environmental objectives are established and are compatible with the strategic direction and the context of the organization?

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Think Tank 9 | Competence

When an organization is required to take actions to acquire the necessary competence of person(s) doing work under its control, these actions may be which of the following?

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