Archive for March, 2017

HACCP vs Food Defense

Posted on: March 27th, 2017 by IQS_Admin No Comments

Hazard analysis and critical control points or HACCP is a systematic preventive approach to food safety from biological, chemical, and physical hazards in production processes that can cause the finished product to be unsafe, and designs measurements to reduce these risks to a safe level.  The purpose of HACCP is to identify unintentional hazards which may affect food safety.  The purpose of a Food Defence plan is to identify and reduce the possibility of intentional contamination of food.  This could be due to economically motivated adulteration, malicious contamination, extortion, espionage or even counterfeiting.

New ISO Standards: ISO 9001:2015 / ISO 14001:2015

Posted on: March 20th, 2017 by IQS_Admin No Comments

Join us on the 25th of April 2017 for this training where we will help organisations prepare for a smoother transition, we will also discuss the changes to ISO 9001 / 14001:2015 and ISO 45001:2016 (replacing OHSAS 18001).  Practical tips will be covered and certificates issued.  To register for this training, contact Ashleigh on 086 133 7779 or ashleigh@iqs.co.za.

Internal Quality Auditor Training & ISO 9001:2015

Posted on: March 20th, 2017 by IQS_Admin No Comments

Join us for this popular training course on the 04th of April 2017.  The facilitator will outline the approach to auditing based on ISO 9001:2015.  Case studies and practical tips will be covered and certificates issued.  The new requirements for 2015 will be discussed.  Please contact Ashleigh on 086 133 7779 / ashleigh@iqs.co.za to register.

Zip Lining

Posted on: March 13th, 2017 by IQS_Admin No Comments

On average 48 people are killed every year by zip lining. Researchers from Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio in USA released a study in 2015, in which they estimated that 16 850 non-fatal zip line injuries were recorded between 1997 and 2012 in the country’s emergency rooms.

The Chief Inspector of Labour (South Africa) intends to incorporate the code of practice for zip line into the Driven Machinery Regulations, 2015. Interested persons are invited to submit any substantiated comments or representations on the proposed code of practice to the Director General, Department of Labour , Private Bag x117, Pretoria, 0001 (for the attention of the Chief Inspector : Occupational Health and Safety), within 90 days of publication of this notice.

 

 

 

Latest update on ISO 45001 – February 2017

Posted on: March 10th, 2017 by IQS_Admin No Comments

ISO 45001 is the world’s first occupational health and safety international standard, replacing OHSAS18001. The second draft international standard (DIS2) is expected to be published in April of this year; there will then be a 4 month period to allow for translations and the ballot. DIS2 will be available for review free (clause by clause) on certain websites such as BSI or available for purchase (as the complete text) from BSI’s online shop.

The results of the ballot should be known by the end of July 2017, with the results of this being reviewed in September 2017.

If DIS2 is approved and the final draft international standard (FDIS) stage is not required, publication of the new standard could be as early as November 2017. However, if an FDIS is required, the publication is more likely to be in Q2 2018.

At this point it is likely that OHSAS 18001 will be withdrawn and organizations currently certified to OHSAS 18001 will have a three year period to migrate to ISO 45001.