Standards Outlook

2005

Help Has Arrived

by Russell, J.P.

Change or pay a price for remaining the same. This saying applies to life in general and the auditing profession in particular....


What Organizations Can Learn From Hurricane Katrina

by Reid, R. Dan

In the days immediately following Hurricane Katrina, many outsiders became aware the City of New Orleans had a comprehensive emergency management plan (CEMP) with an annex specific to hurricane preparedness....


Getting and Keeping Top Managers Involved

by West, John E. "Jack"

Sometimes, I get questions such as, how do I get my top managers to understand the value of ISO 9001 implementation?...


Mitigate SOX Risk With ISO 9001 and 14001

by Liebesman, Sandford

The CEO and CFO of your company face risks every day. Of course, there are always the financial and competitive risks. But now, because of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX), those officers must certify......


Environmental Communication Standard on the Horizon

by Briggs, Susan L.K.

Is your organization holding an open house, issuing an environmental or sustainability report or responding to requests for information on environmental risks?...


Unintended Consequences

by Gordon, Dale K.

The process approach embodied in ISO 9001 emphasizes the actual activities of an organization that would result in providing a product or service that continuously meets the customer's needs....


Where's the Money?

by Russell, J.P.

Proving system and process auditing is a value added service has been a topic of considerable interest recently....


FMEA--Something Old, Something New

by Reid, R. Dan

Managing risk is not optional for organizations. Clause 0.1 of ISO 9004 mentions risk management in the same breath with cost and benefit considerations as being important to an organization, its customers and interested parties....


Sustainable Growth in a Standardized World

by West, John E. "Jack"

Many believe an organization is either growing or dying and that growth includes more than just size....


Compliance and Ethics Group Formed

by Liebesman, Sandford

Recently I learned about a new organization, the Open Compliance and Ethics Group (OCEG). I immediately found its website (www.oceg.org) and was impressed....


ISO 14000 and Regulatory Compliance

by Briggs, Susan L.K.

There has been much debate about the effectiveness of the international environmental management system (EMS) standard, ISO 14001, in ensuring an organization has satisfactorily met its regulatory compliance obligations....


Let's Get Statistical

by Gordon, Dale K.

Many of us who spend considerable time working with and implementing quality management system (QMS) standards are usually in a mode I like to call “system think.”...



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