What is ISO?

ISO (International Organisation for Standardisation) is an independent, non-governmental international organisation with a membership of 162 national standards bodies. Through its members, ISO shares knowledge and develops voluntary, consensus based, market relevant International Standards that ensure quality, safety and efficiency across almost every industry.

What are the management standards?

ISO management system standards provide a model to follow when setting up and operating a management system. These standards can be applied to any organisation, large or small, whatever the product or service, across all sectors. These standards ensure that products and services are safe, reliable and good quality. They act as a strategic tool that reduce costs by minimising waste and errors, and increasing productivity. Ford Risk Management can assist your organisation to achieve the following standards:

ISO 9001 – Quality Management

Provides guidance and tools to organisations who want to ensure that their products and services consistently meet customer’s requirements, and that quality is consistently improved.

ISO 14001 – Environmental Management

Provides practical tools for organisations hoping to manage their environmental responsibilities and focuses on systems to achieve this. This standard focuses on specific approaches such as audits, communications, labelling and life cycle analysis, as well as environmental challenges such as climate change.

OHSAS 18001 – Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems

An internationally applied British Standard for occupational health and safety management systems that intends to assist organisations to control occupational health and safety risks.

Why do the standards apply to you?

ISO 9001 and 14001 management standards have recently been updated. This means organisations already accredited to the 9001:2008 standard have until September 2018 to achieve the new 9001:2015 standard. Whilst the ISO 9001 and 14001 management standards remain separate standards, they can be considered as an integrated management system by the organisation. This means each standard in some aspects can be achieved via provision of similar types of evidence.

How can we assist your organisation?

To achieve and maintain accreditation for the above standards, an annual internal audit of your organisation’s management systems is required. This process will be devised in the form of an audit schedule to determine which components of your management system are to be audited each month.

Ford Risk Management can assist with this implementation programme through conducting an initial analysis against the standards. We can work with you to implement or develop your system and assist your organisation during the application process for ISO accreditation through one of the bodies accredited by UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service).

Whether it is an initial audit of one or two aspects, or an ongoing audit process of your entire management system, our professionals will work with you to ensure your organisation is fully compliant.

To find out how we can help your business, please contact a member of the team by using the contact form below or the number above.

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