Archive for July, 2016

New standards and documentation

Posted on: July 26th, 2016 by IQS_Admin No Comments

Great news received with the revised ISO standards – no mandatory procedures, only a list of “documented information” e.g. minutes of the management review, audit reports etc. Much more difficult, however, writing a short procedure than a long one. As Mark Twain said: “If only I had more time, I would write thee a shorter letter”.  Does this mean we can get away with zero procedures? Perhaps in a one-person business, but definitely not in a larger organization. Unfortunately the larger the organization, the more controls are required and consequently additional policies and procedures needed as risks are higher. Someone abuses the credit card and puts fuel into their private vehicle, so we now need a policy for use of company credit cards! How will the 3rd party auditors audit this? I believe you are innocent until proven guilty, so if you inform the auditors that you don’t believe you need a procedure for document control, the auditor will have to prove that in fact you do due to the high risk as evidenced for example by uncontrolled policies and procedures found on site during the audit.

Comments?

Transporting Raw sewage – is it hazardous / infectious / dangerous?

Posted on: July 26th, 2016 by IQS_Admin No Comments

Some confusion exists as to whether transport of raw sewage should be regarded as dangerous and classified as a hazardous material ito National Road Traffic Act or the Hazardous Substances Act; none of the vehicles transporting sewage appear to be displaying Hazchem decals. Raw sewage and sewage sludge is classified in SANS 10228: Class 6.2 as Infectious Waste; UN 2814, Infectious Substance Affecting Humans. Infectious materials are not included in SANS 10234, Globally Harmonised System for the Classification and Labelling of Chemicals.  Should these vehicles transporting raw sewage then have a biohazard sign displayed?

If raw sewage is a hazardous waste, then if a private person transports it, the normal rules will apply – registration with SAWIS & if required by the municipal bylaws, as a waste transporter with the relevant municipalities.

If there is any doubt as to the classification of dangerous goods, then they must be classified by an approved classification authority in accordance with code of practice SANS 10228 “The identification and classification of dangerous substances and goods”. If classified as dangerous, then you need drivers training and PrDP by an approved training body. Then you have to have a Tremcard for the goods which must be carried in the vehicle.

Any comments from the experts out there?

Training – Internal Quality Auditing

Posted on: July 15th, 2016 by IQS_Admin No Comments

Join us for this popular training course on the 6th of September 2016.  Case studies and practical tips will be covered and certificates issued.  The new requirements for 2015 will be discussed.  Should you be interested in attending this training, please contact ashleigh@iqs.co.za for more information on how to register.

Root Cause Analysis Training

Posted on: July 15th, 2016 by IQS_Admin No Comments

UPCOMING TRAINING –

ROOT CAUSE ANALYSIS

Join use on the 05th of September 2016 for this training. This training provides delegates with the skills and techniques required to identify and understand the root cause of a problem, know the steps used to fix the root cause and how to finalise solutions to ensure that the fix is permanent. Delegates will leave equipped to look beyond failure symptoms and find ways to avoid future problems. For more information on how to register for this training, please contact us on 086 133 7779 / ashleigh@iqs.co.za.

UPCOMING TRAINING

Posted on: July 15th, 2016 by IQS_Admin No Comments

Don’t forget our Integrated SHEQ Management System Training taking place from the 10-12th of August 2016. Please contact ashleigh@iqs.co.za for more information on how to register.