Archive for June, 2009

Environmental reporting not keeping you busy enough? Get ready for Greenhouse Gas reporting!

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

It was only a matter of time – and the time has arrived.

The Environmental Protection Agency plans to establish a nationwide system for reporting GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions. It is a program that could serve as the basis for a federal cap on the buildup of carbon dioxide and other gases linked to global warming.

The registry plan would cover about 13,000 facilities that account for 85 to 90 percent of the nation’s greenhouse gas output.

The plan will be adopted by the end of the year and greenhouse gas statistics will be available by the end of 2010. The EPA requirements would apply to large industrial sources that emit 25,000 metric tons or more a year, including oil and chemical refineries; cement, glass, pulp and paper plants; manufacturers of motor vehicles and engines; and confined animal-feeding operations. In addition to carbon dioxide, emissions of methane and other greenhouse gases would have to be reported.

The good news is that most small businesses would fall well below the threshold and would not be required to report, EPA officials said.

For more info on GHG reporting, contact the experts at G3 Solutions.

For AS9100, familiarity with OASIS is a must!

Monday, June 8th, 2009

If your organization is working on the implementation of AS9100, AS9110, or AS9120, the OASIS (Online Aerospace Supplier Information System) database resource is essential as an information tool. Maintained by SAE International, the system provides aerospace supplier certification and registration data that includes information on accreditation bodies, the certification bodies accredited for the scheme, auditors approved for the aerospace scheme and certified suppliers.

To use this resource, you must sign up and register. There is no charge to do this – sign up and registration is free. Simply go to www.sae.org/oasis and the on-line instructions are easy.

For more info or help with OASIS, contact the experts at G3 Solutions.

When implementing an ISO 9001 system, be aware of the tools that are available!

Friday, June 5th, 2009

The ISO 9001 standard was developed by the IOS Technical Committee 176. The committee has also been part of the development of many other standards to aid in the implementation and continual improvement of a quality management system. Be sure to look at some of these quality tools. They can help your organization implement an effective quality system that will provide real value in a number of areas.

Current standards from ISO/TC 176 and its subcommittees:

• ISO 9000:2005 Quality management systems – Fundamentals and vocabulary

• ISO 9001:2008 Quality management systems – Requirements

• ISO 9004:2000 Quality management systems – Guidelines for performance improvements

• ISO 10001:2007 Quality management – Customer satisfaction – Guidelines for codes of conduct for organizations

• ISO 10002:2004 Quality management – Customer satisfaction – Guidelines for complaints handling in organizations

• ISO 10003:2007 Quality management – Customer satisfaction – Guidelines for dispute resolution external to the organization

• ISO 10005:2005 Quality management – Guidelines for quality plans

• ISO 10006:2003 Quality management – Guidelines for quality management in projects

• ISO 10007:2003 Quality management – Guidelines for configuration management

• ISO 10012:2003 Measurement management systems – Requirements for measurement processes and measuring equipment

• ISO/TR 10013:2001 Guidelines for quality management system documentation

• ISO 10014:2006 Quality management – Guidelines for realizing financial and economic benefits

• ISO 10015:1999 Quality management – Guidelines for training

• ISO/TR 10017:2003 Guidance on statistical techniques for ISO 9001:2000

• ISO 10019:2005 Guidelines for the selection of quality management system consultants and use of their services

• ISO/TS 16949:2002 Quality management systems – Particular requirements for the application of ISO 9001:2000 for automotive production and relevant service part organizations

• ISO 19011:2002 Guidelines for quality and/or environmental management systems auditing

Stage 1 and Stage 2 registrar audits – How does this affect your ISO 9001 plans?

Monday, June 1st, 2009

Quite often companies in the implementation phase of ISO 9001 will ask about the two stage process for registration audits. Sometimes the planning strategy for an organization will not take into account the length of time intended for this process.

The practical reason for having a period in between the stage 1 & 2 registration audits is to provide an organization with the time to make final adjustments and resolve potential nonconformances before their stage two audit.

ISO/IEC 17021:2006, 9.2.3.1.3, which provides registrars with rules and guidelines for conducting audits, states: “In determining the interval between stage 1 and stage 2 audits, consideration shall be given to the needs of the client to resolve areas of concern identified during the stage 1 audit. The certification body may also need to revise its arrangements for stage 2.”

This does not, however, negate the possibility of having back to back audits. This can be arranged with the 3rd party certification body (also referred to as a registrar) but this should be the exception and not common practice.