Archive for April, 2019

New PoPI ACT

Posted on: April 25th, 2019 by IQS_Admin No Comments

The
implementation date for the Protection of Personal Information (PoPI) Act is
drawing closer, and companies need to review how they gather, process and
retain personal information.

Social
media platforms like Facebook that have been known to harvest consumer
information, could face fines as happened in 2018 when Facebook was fined
R9million for this breach.

The SA PoPI Act: –

  • states that personal information remains the “property” of the
    individual
  • requires companies to state why they need specific information,
    what it will be used for and for how long
  • examples include individual’s contact details, demographic,
    personal history, communication records, payroll information, CV, CCTV records
    and performance reviews.

Fines for contravening this
Act can be up to R10 million and/or a jail sentence. This is apart from the reputational
damage that a company faces.

CLEAN ENERGY JOBS GROWING

Posted on: April 25th, 2019 by IQS_Admin No Comments

The clean-energy (green energy) industry in USA has
grown at 3.6% in 2018, ;   3,26 million
people in USA now work in clean energy (National nonpartisan business group, E2
– Environmental Entrepreneurs). The increase in jobs was mainly in the clean
energy storage and clean vehicles. The main reasons are: –

  • Increase in demand for electric vehicles by
    consumers
  • state expansions of charging infrastructure
  • falling battery prices and
  • increased solar-storage installations.

Solar alone employs more than twice the number of
coal workers; there are more Americans working in clean energy than there are
school teachers.

ISO22000:2018 – MAIN CORE CONCEPTS

Posted on: April 8th, 2019 by IQS_Admin No Comments
CONCEPT REQUIREMENT
Context of the organization Range of issues that can affect, positively or negatively, the way an organization manages its food safety responsibilities.
Issues Can be internal or external, positive or negative and include several things that either affect or are affected by the organization.
Interested parties More detail about considering stakeholder needs and expectations, then deciding whether to adopt any of them as compliance obligations.
Leadership Requirements specific to top management; more focus on active involvement in the FSMS.
Risk and opportunities Refined planning process replaces preventive action.
Communication More detailed requirements for both internal and external communication.
N/C & corrective action More detailed evaluation of both the nonconformities themselves and corrective actions required.
Performance evaluation Measurement of the FSMS to identify how operations could be improved.