• Health & Safety,  News

    ISO 45001 Update

    ISO 45001 is a safety management system standard that is meant to be a global replacement for similar standards such as the BS OHSAS 18001 and ILO-OSH 2001.  It clearly takes some cues from the ISO 31000, guidelines on risk management.  You may wonder why it’s needed given the popularity of OHSAS 18001. In the fast and furious world that is ISO (International Organisation for Standardisation), protocol is followed. An initial draft is produced and published, which is supposed to stimulate public debate.  It’s called a DIS (Draft International Standard).  And DIS ISO 45001 has been out for a while (since January 2016) and has stimulated debate.  Whilst it was…

  • Health & Safety

    CQI Event

    Last night I succumbed and went to a branch event organised by the Chartered Quality Institute (CQI). It’s the first time I’ve been to any such event. My motivation for going was somewhat mixed. I decided to go partly because the title seemed interesting – How to achieve continual improvement through process change by engaging and enabling your workforce. OK, it’s not Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom or The Matrix, but we’re talking Quality here. These are serious people OK? I also decided to go because, well, it was just down the road. So I didn’t have much of an excuse. The fact that it was blackened sky…

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    Health & Safety

    The Real Cost of Car Safety Recalls

    There has been a good deal in the media recently about the troubles of Toyota and Honda. They’re two car manufacturers synonymous with high quality, safety and reliability. Toyota (including the Lexus brand) has had problems with sticking accelerator pedals in quite a few models in the US. And, it seems, worldwide, a software issue affecting the braking of the latest versions of the Prius. Honda has also been afflicted – malfunctioning electric window switches which could possibly cause a fire. There are clear safety and quality lessons but doubtless there has also been much hype. New revelations every day; Japanese CEO’s apologising profusely on TV. It’s almost reaching the…