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ISO 14034 to Expand the Reach of Green Technology

Newly published ISO 14034:2016, Environmental management – Environmental…

Newly published ISO 14034:2016, Environmental management – Environmental technology verification (ETV) aims to help companies developing innovative environmental technologies reach new markets.

ISO 14034 provides independent verification of the performance of new environmental technologies to help manufacturers prove that their performance claims are reliable. The standard also aims to help technology purchasers identify innovations that suit their needs.

ISO 14034 features specific sections on verification principles, accepted testing practices, and reporting requirements.

Benefits of ISO 14034 include:

  • Creating a level playing field for technological innovators.
  • Promoting harmony in the ETV process across international boundaries.
  • Providing a credible, independent assessment of environmental technologies.
  • Enabling informed decision making when identifying and selecting suitable technologies.
  • Achieving sustainable environmental targets.

Benoit Desforges, convenor of the working group responsible for the development of ISO 14034, shared insight into the new standard in an interview with ISO.

“New environmental technologies can make a significant difference in terms of resource and cost savings, but often face serious market obstacles because they are innovations which, by definition, are not yet able to demonstrate a successful track record,” Desforges told ISO. “ETV aims to change this by providing verified evidence to confirm the performance claim of the environmental technology and differentiate the innovation from other competing technologies.”

Desforges said ISO 14034 will first and foremost be used to inform independent verifiers on how to conduct quality-assured verification of an environmental technology.

“ETV helps technology vendors provide objective and trustful data on the performance of an innovative environmental technology,” Desforges told ISO. “For technology buyers and investors, ETV is a reliable source of information on which to base purchasing decisions and better manage technology and investment risks. Finally, ETV provides policy makers, regulators and other stakeholders with clear information on the performance achievable by new environmental technologies.”

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Events Boost Standards in Seoul

Representatives from industry, laboratories, government…

Representatives from industry, laboratories, government agencies, and other organizations recently gathered to participate in standards-related events in Seoul, Korea. The events highlighted how technical standards help to improve quality of life in Korea while also driving commerce and trade.

The events were organized by the Korean Agency for Technology and Standards (KATS) and ASTM International, a global standards developer.

“The Korean Agency for Technology and Standards and ASTM International have had close relations in the field of standardization cooperation over a decade,” KATS Administrator Daeshik Jeh said. “I expect that the relationship between the two organizations will be strengthened through the cooperative program, including meetings and training information exchange.”

Highlights of the event included:

  • Discussions on the benefits of standardization to businesses and the importance of standardization in areas such as textiles. The Korea Apparel Testing and Research Institute and the Korea Testing and Research Institute participated in these discussions.
  • Discussions on consumer product safety, including risk assessment and regulations in areas such as children’s toys. The Korean Product Safety Association, testing laboratories, and manufacturers were involved in these discussions.
  • Korean associations, certification bodies, testing laboratories, and manufacturers had the opportunity to receive information on ASTM’s Proficiency Testing Program and other ASTM services that support laboratories to improve performance and competitiveness.

KATS and ASTM recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of their memorandum of understanding, and will also meet to review and plan for future collaboration in areas such as training. On June 17, training continued for approximately 100 laboratory staff at KTC, where former ASTM board member Dr. Kaphong Choi is president.

For more information on ASTM International’s presence in Korea, click here.

 

 

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Seeking OHS Expertise for Development of ISO 45001 Auditor Exam Development Committee

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Exemplar Global seeks volunteers to develop an assessment to certify auditors to the ISO 45001 occupational health and safety standard (OHS) that is due to be published later this year. Exemplar Global has reached an agreement with IAAR to develop the program, and we are seeking subject matter experts with…

Exemplar Global seeks volunteers to develop an assessment to certify auditors to the ISO 45001 occupational health and safety standard (OHS) that is due to be published later this year. Exemplar Global has reached an agreement with IAAR to develop the program, and we are seeking subject matter experts with a minimum of five years of experience in OHS auditing to develop the assessment for the certification.

As a member of the ISO 45001 Auditor Exam Development Committee, you will add value to your industry by ensuring that certified ISO 45001 auditors are competent and contribute to the validity of the certification program by ensuring that the certification exam is relevant and appropriate. Past members of such committees have often shared the value they receive in participating in these committees in terms of increased professional development and networking opportunities.

If you would like to be considered for the ISO 45001 Auditor Exam Development Committee, please complete and submit the Committee Acceptance Form and Exemplar Global Confidentiality Agreement, stating that no confidential information will be disclosed to a third party. Send forms to notice@theauditoronline.com no later than Friday, April 8, 2016.

Work will be conducted between April and August of this year in conjunction with the development of a training program that will be undertaken by a separate organization. Our schedule is driven by the recent release of the 45001 DIS and the expected release of the FDIS in September. We anticipate needing 2-4 hours per week from volunteers. Up to 35 continuing professional development (CPD) hours may be awarded, according to the total participation of each member.

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U.S. Government Agencies Directed to Use Existing Standards Schemes

The recently revised White House…

The recently revised White House Office of Management and Budget Circular A-119 directs government agencies to rely on existing standards and infrastructure for certification and accreditation in lieu of creating unique requirements and processes that duplicate private-sector efforts.

OMB Circular A-119 directs agencies to use standards developed or adopted by voluntary consensus standards bodies, which are typically national and international standards bodies, rather than standards unique to government.

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ISO 45001 Is Coming…

The introduction of ISO 45001, the new occupational health and safety (OH&S) management system standard, is fast approaching. Heralded to combat the issue of occupational injuries and promote a safer working environment, ISO 45001 will enable organizations to better manage their OH&S risks and improve their OH&S performance. To clarify…

The introduction of ISO 45001, the new occupational health and safety (OH&S) management system standard, is fast approaching.

Heralded to combat the issue of occupational injuries and promote a safer working environment, ISO 45001 will enable organizations to better manage their OH&S risks and improve their OH&S performance.

To clarify facets of the new standard, here is a brief overview of ISO 45001.

What is ISO 45001?

ISO 45001 Occupational health and safety management systemsRequirements is currently under development and will replace OHSAS 18001 (officially BS OHSAS 18001). OHSAS 18001 is an internationally applied British Standard for occupational health and safety management systems.

Once finalized, the international standard will provide a framework to improve employee safety, reduce workplace risks, and create better, safer working conditions globally.

What is the purpose of ISO 45001?

ISO 45001 specifies requirements for an OH&S management system, with guidance for its use, to enable an organization to proactively improve its OH&S performance in preventing injury and ill-health.

The new standard enables an organization, through its OH&S management systems, to integrate other aspects of health and safety, such as worker wellness/well-being.

What are the key differences between OHSAS 18001 and ISO 45001?

ISO 45001 is built on the Annex SL framework, which features in all new and revised ISO management system standards (including ISO 9001 and ISO 14001) as the core.

The new international standard draws from OHSAS 18001, U.S. Z10, and other widely used specifications.

ISO 45001’s main differences from OHSAS 18001 include:

  • The inclusion of Annex SL and the language used
  • More stress on leadership and management roles
  • New risk-based approach

The Annex SL framework will allow for easier integration with other ISO management systems standards.

Who is ISO 45001 designed for?

The new standard is intended to be applicable to any organization regardless of its size, type, and nature.

All of the requirements of the standard are intended to be integrated into an organization’s own management processes.

What will be the key benefits of implementing ISO 45001?

Implementing an ISO 45001-based OH&S management system will enable an organization to improve its OH&S performance by:

  • Developing and implementing an OH&S policy and OH&S objectives
  • Determining hazards and OH&S risks, with the goal of eliminating them
  • Increasing awareness of OH&S risks
  • Evaluating OH&S performance and seeking to make improvements

What is the current status?

The standard is currently under development. The Final Draft International Standard (FDIS) version of the new standard is expected to be released in June 2016. The FDIS is the penultimate stage in the standard development process.

Following the release of the FDIS, Exemplar Global will provide more detailed information on the requirements to transition from OHSAS 18001 to ISO 45001.

When will the new standard be published?

The final International Standard (IS) version of ISO 45001 is expected to be published in October 2016.

For more information about the introduction of ISO 45001, email info@theauditoronline.com.

ISO 45001 Is Coming…

The introduction of ISO 45001, the new occupational health and safety (OH&S) management system standard, is fast approaching. Heralded to combat the issue of occupational injuries and promote a safer working environment, ISO 45001 will enable organizations to better manage their OH&S risks and improve their OH&S performance. To clarify…

The introduction of ISO 45001, the new occupational health and safety (OH&S) management system standard, is fast approaching.

Heralded to combat the issue of occupational injuries and promote a safer working environment, ISO 45001 will enable organizations to better manage their OH&S risks and improve their OH&S performance.

To clarify facets of the new standard, here is a brief overview of ISO 45001.

What is ISO 45001?

ISO 45001 Occupational health and safety management systemsRequirements is currently under development and will replace OHSAS 18001 (officially BS OHSAS 18001). OHSAS 18001 is an internationally applied British Standard for occupational health and safety management systems.

Once finalized, the international standard will provide a framework to improve employee safety, reduce workplace risks, and create better, safer working conditions globally.

What is the purpose of ISO 45001?

ISO 45001 specifies requirements for an OH&S management system, with guidance for its use, to enable an organization to proactively improve its OH&S performance in preventing injury and ill-health.

The new standard enables an organization, through its OH&S management systems, to integrate other aspects of health and safety, such as worker wellness/well-being.

What are the key differences between OHSAS 18001 and ISO 45001?

ISO 45001 is built on the Annex SL framework, which features in all new and revised ISO management system standards (including ISO 9001 and ISO 14001) as the core.

The new international standard draws from OHSAS 18001, U.S. Z10, and other widely used specifications.

ISO 45001’s main differences from OHSAS 18001 include:

  • The inclusion of Annex SL and the language used
  • More stress on leadership and management roles
  • New risk-based approach

The Annex SL framework will allow for easier integration with other ISO management systems standards.

Who is ISO 45001 designed for?

The new standard is intended to be applicable to any organization regardless of its size, type, and nature.

All of the requirements of the standard are intended to be integrated into an organization’s own management processes.

What will be the key benefits of implementing ISO 45001?

Implementing an ISO 45001-based OH&S management system will enable an organization to improve its OH&S performance by:

  • Developing and implementing an OH&S policy and OH&S objectives
  • Determining hazards and OH&S risks, with the goal of eliminating them
  • Increasing awareness of OH&S risks
  • Evaluating OH&S performance and seeking to make improvements

What is the current status?

The standard is currently under development. The Final Draft International Standard (FDIS) version of the new standard is expected to be released in June 2016. The FDIS is the penultimate stage in the standard development process.

Following the release of the FDIS, Exemplar Global will provide more detailed information on the requirements to transition from OHSAS 18001 to ISO 45001.

When will the new standard be published?

The final International Standard (IS) version of ISO 45001 is expected to be published in October 2016.

For more information about the introduction of ISO 45001, email Suzi Gomesz at sgomesz@theauditoronline.com.

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ANSI Unveils Revised United States Standards Strategy

Coordinator of the U.S. voluntary…

Coordinator of the U.S. voluntary standards and conformity assessment system, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), has released a revised version of the United States Standards Strategy (USSS).

Available online in digital format, the USSS describes the principles and tactics that guide how the United States develops standards and participates in the international standards-setting process.

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New Service Industry Standards Resource from ANSI

The American National Standards Institute…

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has launched a new Web page that it hopes will serve as a central resource for information and activities related to service industry standards.

The new Web page, www.ansi.org/services, highlights recent efforts from ANSI and its partners in the standardization community to identify and address the needs of the services sector.

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Feedback Sought for ISO Management System Standards Survey

The International Organization for Standardization…

The International Organization for Standardization is seeking feedback related to its ISO management system standards.

As the U.S. member body to ISO, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is encouraging all stakeholders to review the following materials and respond to the online survey by the January 8 deadline:

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Certification Update: Exemplar Global ISO 14001:2015 Transition Assessment

Exemplar Global Certification (A division of Exemplar Global, Inc.) announces the release of the Exemplar Global ISO 14001:2015 Transition Assessment. The Exemplar Global ISO 14001:2015 Transition Assessment is now available on the Exemplar Global College website. As a reminder, all personnel certified in the following Exemplar Global programs are required…

Exemplar Global Certification (A division of Exemplar Global, Inc.) announces the release of the Exemplar Global ISO 14001:2015 Transition Assessment.

The Exemplar Global ISO 14001:2015 Transition Assessment is now available on the Exemplar Global College website.

As a reminder, all personnel certified in the following Exemplar Global programs are required to complete the assessment:

  • Qualification and competency-based environmental management systems auditors (all grades)
  • Environmental management system internal auditors
  • Certified environmental management systems practitioners

How much does the transition assessment cost?

The ISO 14001:2015 Transition Assessment is available through the Exemplar College website for U.S. $79. There is no additional certification cost for transition to the new standard once you have successfully completed the transition assessment online.

Deadline for completion of the transition assessment

To ensure Exemplar Global certified professionals maintain the highest global standards, the transition assessment must be completed by February 1, 2016.

Where can I find more details about the ISO 14001:2015 Transition Assessment?

Details regarding the transition assessment can be found on the Exemplar Global College website at: www.exemplarglobalcollege.org.

What about auditing to the new standard?

Exemplar Global certified auditors are not permitted to conduct any audits to the ISO 14001:2015 standard without successfully completing the ISO 14001:2015 Transition Assessment. Exemplar Global will not accept any audits to the ISO 14001:2015 standard without evidence of successful completion of the transition assessment.

After September 1, 2018, Exemplar Global will not accept any audits for certification, recertification, and/or expansion of certification to the ISO 14001:2004 standard. Additionally, after September 1, 2018, the ISO 14001:2004 scope will no longer be available.

If you have any questions regarding the general transition requirements or the ISO 14001:2015 Transition Assessment, please email info@theauditoronline.com.