Health and Safety

Effective Business Risk Management

September 26, 2016

At the heart of most International Management Systems – Business Risk Management If you get it right, business risk management can make sure that you are complying with legal requirements, managing your processes efficiently and effectively, and ensuring key stakeholder interests are met.  Implementation involves identification and evaluation of key risks, developing and putting into [...]

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Fatigued Technicians blamed for damaged BA plane

September 22, 2015

Were the AAIB’s solutions to this question using the wisest approach? You may remember that there was a fire on a British Airways flight to Oslo in 2013.  A recent investigation into this incident has revealed that technicians were working high levels of overtime and as a consequence were very tired.  This led to engine [...]

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The Trick is Knowing Your Limits

March 12, 2015

Parliament urged to call in the experts for the forthcoming £3bn renovation project The need to carry out extensive renovation work at the Houses of Parliament has been in the news recently.  It appears that the sewers are expected to fail in the not too distant future which would render the building uninhabitable.  Management of [...]

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The Cost of Safety Failings in Britain

August 28, 2013

Safety failings cost Britain billions of £s The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) is carrying out research into how businesses can become more efficient and profitable by taking a sensible approach to tackling health and safety issues in the workplace. According to the Federation of Small Businessses, work-related accidents and ill-health costs businesses [...]

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Heineken Finds the Right Approach to Safety with Total Productive Maintenance

June 26, 2013

Heineken uses Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) to drive up safety quality Paul Hardiman sets out a case study in June’s issue of Quality World describing how Heineken was anxious to reduce the mortality rate within their company.  In 2012, ten people lost their lives.  Three of these were direct Heineken employees and seven were employed [...]

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Accreditation to ISO 14001 and ISO 9001 for members of the Concrete Repair Association

April 10, 2012

Concrete Repair Association (CRA) Members must be accredited to ISO Quality Management Standards Each full CRA specialist contractor, product manufacturer and distributor member has been obliged to be Q.A. Accredited to ISO 9001 for a number of years. The Association is now working towards ensuring that all full member companies become BS EN 14001 (Environmental [...]

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Fast, economical and essential ISO 9001 & ISO 14001

February 8, 2012

Economical & Fast ISO9001, ISO14001, OHSAS18001 In times of recession, many small and medium sized businesses have discovered that the best approach to continued survival is to be able to demonstrate their credentials to prospective customers. When bidding for work, being certified to ISO9001, ISO14001 and OHSAS18001 can make all the difference between success and [...]

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Leadership in SMEs with reference to quality, environmental and health & safety management

January 11, 2012

Considering issues for SME leaders in quality, environmental and health & safety management “Whether we are working in the field of quality, health and safety, or environmental management, it is accepted that to achieve objectives requires the demonstration of leadership.  Reports … stress the importance of leadership but invariably focus on leadership in terms of [...]

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Putting Quality at the Centre for SMEs

December 8, 2011

How Quality is seen by one SME “Quality is the cornerstone of our business model and growth plans.  It is the way we do our business and our performance feedback from clients is testament to the robustness of our quality management processes. “We are selling solutions to the new challenges facing our clients, so investing [...]

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How Quality principles can improve company culture

November 2, 2011

Implementing Quality Management Systems, such as ISO 9001, can help improve staff interaction “Quality principles are being employed at many large organisations to streamline efficiency systems and ensure lean and other principles are adopted.  Such processes, which can involve simple operational changes, can aid the interaction between junior and senior staff which helps to foster an [...]

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