Blog categories: Quality

Power through the looking glass

Power through the looking glass

In August 2014, researchers at Michigan State University created a fully transparent solar concentrator, which could turn any window or sheet of glass (like your smartphone’s screen) into a photovoltaic solar cell.

A transparent solar panel has been thought of an impossible product as to make an energy, the absorbing panel collects the photons (sunlight) through photovoltaics (traditional solar cells as seen on roof tops). The problem with a transparent material is that the light...

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Posted on: 08/06/2017 By: Oliver Leaney   Categories: Environmental, Sustainability, Energy, Quality, Integration, Management system

Developing a New Realm for ISO14001 Certification

Developing a New Realm for ISO14001 Certification

Hi! My name is Saarah Khan and I am a Masters student at Cranfield University with a focus on Corporate Sustainability. I am grateful to be able to collaborate with AvISO Consultancy - a long-term partner of Cranfield University. Together with AvISO, I hope to be able to design...

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Posted on: 07/09/2016 By: Saarah Khan   Categories: Environmental, Sustainability, Energy, Quality, Integration, Management system

ISO 9001:2015 Context of the organisation

ISO 9001:2015 Context of the organisation

In this article we are going to discuss what ISO 9001 means by “Planning”

Clause numbers: 6

6.1 - Actions to address risks and opportunities
6.2 -  Quality objectives and planning to achieve them
6.3 – Planning of changes

Explanation:
Having covered the context of the organisation and leadership the next stage subject ISO 9001:2015 (ISO 9001) deals with is planning. (Click here to read more...

Posted on: 06/07/2016 By: Oliver Leaney   Categories: Sustainability, Quality, Management system

ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 Transition to 2015 Version

ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 Transition to 2015 Version

9001 and 14001 are changing but do not despiser all your hard work is not lost. The changes do not mean that you have to start again and, in our opinion, they offer a real opportunity to re-visit your Management System and increases its value to the business.


So just to be clear

• Quality - BS EN ISO 9001:2008, transitioning to BS EN ISO 9001:2015

There are other changes to the standard buy these are the new and Enhanced Requirements

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Posted on: 26/04/2016 By: Oliver Leaney   Categories: Environmental, Energy, Quality, Integration, Management system

ISO 9001:2015 Context of the organisation

ISO 9001:2015 Context of the organisation

In this article we are going to discuss what ISO 9001 means by “Leadership’’. Clause Number: 5

5.1- Leadership & Commitment

       5.1.1 - General
       5.1.2 - Customer focus

5.2 – Policy

       5.2.1 – Establishing the quality policy
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Posted on: 13/04/2016 By: Oliver Leaney   Categories: Quality, Management system

Difference between certification and accreditation

Difference between certification and accreditation

UKAS & ISO Standards - What's the difference between certification and accreditation and why is it important? 

To put it simply a company management system is certified to the relevant Standard by an accredited assessment body.

Why is this distinction important?

Let's imagine - you've just implemented a management system that you believe complies too ISO 14001 or ISO 9001. The next thing you may want to do is have it certified...

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Posted on: 24/03/2016 By: Dr Paul Stevens   Categories: Quality

Minimum Energy Standards In A Nut Shell

Minimum Energy Standards In A Nut Shell

Many of those involved with managing property have been aware of the approaching minimum energy standards for buildings. Now the regulation is here.
 
‘The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015’ was required by the Energy act 2011 and will bring about minimum energy standards for the first time. Organisations that have an  ISO14001 or ISO50001 management system will be adding this regulation to their legal register and...

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Posted on: 28/02/2016 By: Stan Rayfield    Categories: Environmental, Sustainability, Energy, Quality, Integration, Management system

Changes to Hazardous Waste Regulations

Two aspects of the Hazardous Waste Regulations are changing on 1 April 2016, which you will need to prepare for:
 
• Producers of hazardous waste in England will no longer need to notify their premises with the Environment Agency

• The format of the unique consignment note code, which appears on every consignment note, will change
                  
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Posted on: 24/02/2016 By: Oliver Leaney   Categories: Environmental, Sustainability, Energy, Quality, Integration, Management system

ISO 9001:2015 Context of the Organisation

ISO 9001:2015 Context of the Organisation

In this article we are going to discuss what ISO 9001 means by "The Context of the Organisation" 

Clause numbers:

4.1 – Understanding the organisation and its context

4.2 – Understanding the needs and expectations of interested parties

4.3 – Determining the scope of the quality management system

4.4 – Quality management system (QMS) and its processes

Explanation:

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Posted on: 04/02/2016 By: Oliver Leaney   Categories: Sustainability, Energy, Quality, Integration, Management system

Dead line for ESOS - 29th January 2016

Dead line for ESOS - 29th January 2016

Extended deadline for ESOS / ISO50001


Due to Large companies who are eligible under the Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) not completing their compliance notification by the 5th December 2015, the Government has had no choice but to “extend” the ESOS  submission date until the 29th January 2016. This will allow the large companies time to complete the audit process.

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Posted on: 14/01/2016 By: Oliver Leaney   Categories: Environmental, Sustainability, Energy, Quality, Integration, Management system

Heat Network (Metering & Billing) Regulations 2014

Heat Network (Metering & Billing) Regulations 2014

Legislation Update


Are you aware of the Heat Network (Metering and Billing) Regulations 2014 and what it might mean to your business?


When a landlord supplies more than one tenant within the same building, then it’s likely that ‘The Heat Network (Metering and Billing) Regulations 2014’ will affect them. The dead line was on the 31st of December of last year and the landlord would have to notify the National Measurement Office (NMO) of any existing...

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Posted on: 12/01/2016 By: Oliver Leaney   Categories: Environmental, Sustainability, Energy, Quality

How many ISO Standards are there ?

How many ISO Standards are there ?

The International Organization for Standardisation (ISO) was first established in 1926 as the International Federation of the National Standardizing Associations (ISA). As you can imagine, with the evolution of business and the number of people involved so has the necessity standards.
So the question is how many ISO are there? Well, at the last count, on the 05/01/2016, there was an amazing 21544 (https://www.iso.org/obp/ui/#search). This number will have increased further by the time you...

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Posted on: 08/01/2016 By: Oliver Leaney   Categories: Environmental, Sustainability, Energy, Quality, Integration, Management system

ISO Standards and SMEs

There is much rhetoric about how SMEs and their larger competitors will approach certification to ISO Standards and their subsequent levels success.

On this argument we are on the side of the SME. Research for a PhD, undertaken by Paul Stevens the Director of AVISO, showed that:

It won't be long now: ISO 9001 at the final draft stage

Information from BSI about the new version of ISO 9001 and what it might mean for you

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Posted on: 05/11/2014 By: Dr Paul Stevens   Categories: Quality, Management system

The Structure of ISO 14001:2015

As many people are aware ISO 14001, the world’s most popular environmental standard is changing. The final version is due in early 2015 but this doesn’t stop you preparing your business now with a final draft, and lots of supporting information, available. Please check out our earlier blog for more information.

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Posted on: 01/08/2014 By: Dr Paul Stevens   Categories: Environmental, Sustainability, Quality, Integration, Management system

The 2015 ISO 9001 revision in more detail

In this video BSI looks at the detail behind the ISO 9001:2015 Revision, including what it will mean for ISO 9001 certified organisations and how they can manage the transition when the new standard is published in 2015

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Posted on: 06/07/2014 By: Dr Paul Stevens   Categories: Quality, Management system

Preparing your organization for the 2015 ISO 9001 revision

In this video BSI identifies the main changes to ISO 9001 Revision and how you can prepare your company in preparation for its publication in late 2015.


 

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Posted on: 06/07/2014 By: Dr Paul Stevens   Categories: Quality, Management system

Introducing the ISO 9001 Revision

In this video BSI provides some background to the ISO 9001:2015 Revision, including what it will mean for ISO 9001 certified organisations and how they can manage the transition when the new standard is published in 2015

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Posted on: 06/07/2014 By: Dr Paul Stevens   Categories: Quality, Management system

ISO DIS 9001:2014 Available for purchase

ISO DIS 9001:2014 Available for purchase

You can now purchase a copy of the, almost finished, copy of ISO 9001. This is made available for public comment but it also provides a fantastic opportunity to get one step ahead of the competition.

With the launch today of ISO/DIS 9001, the official Draft of the International Standard, BSI have launch three videos about the upcoming revisions to the standard and how they may affect your business.

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Posted on: 04/07/2014 By: Dr Paul Stevens   Categories: Quality, Management system

Mix it up

Mix it up –Integrating management systems with internal process and each other

What is integration

An integrated management system is one that brings together all of a company's responsibilities and processes into one complete structure to remove duplication and improve efficiency.

Whether it is other International Standards,...

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Posted on: 29/05/2014 By: Dr Paul Stevens   Categories: Environmental, Energy, Quality, Integration, Management system

AVISO: We're Back

After a short break we are back, refreshed and raring to go!

We will continue to write articles that we hope help and support everyone working with management systems, ISO Standards and UKAS accredited certification.

Some of our most read articles have been:

1 Why standards don't have to mean standardisation

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Posted on: 17/04/2014 By: Dr Paul Stevens   Categories: Environmental, Sustainability, Energy, Quality, Integration, Management system, On the lighter side

The ISO 14000 Family

An Introduction to ISO and the ISO 14000 Family: ISO 14001, 4, 10, 11.....42

The International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) has been a leader in the international technical arena for half a decade. “ISO” is commonly used when referring to the organisation and its standards, but the term “iso” is actually a Greek word meaning “equal”....

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Posted on: 08/02/2014 By: Mr Paul Stevens   Categories: Environmental, Quality, Management system

Institutionalise sustainability

Sustainability Blunders – 7 of 7 - Failure to institutionalise sustainability

The ultimate success of any sustainability initiative is found when sustainability based thinking, perspectives and behaviour are incorporated into the everyday operating procedures and culture of an organisation. As long as the organisation's policies and procedures remains at odds with sustainability, risks are high that old thinking and behavioural patterns will eventually rise up and overwhelm efforts...

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Posted on: 27/01/2014 By: Mr Paul Stevens   Categories: Environmental, Sustainability, Quality, Management system

Mechanisms for learning

Sustainability Blunders – 6 of 7 - Insufficient mechanisms for learning

People ultimately learn by doing and by judging results. When employees are given few opportunities to test new ideas, and when few rewards are provided for those who do so, not much learning will occur.


A lack of continually expanding knowledge and understanding makes it difficult for organisations to learn how to overcome the many barriers they will face as they transition from...

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Posted on: 17/01/2014 By: Mr Paul Stevens   Categories: Environmental, Sustainability, Quality

ISO 3103:1980

Want to know how to make a cup of tea? There is an ISO standard to tell you how, ISO 3103:1980: Preparation of liquor for use in sensory tests.

ISO say:

"The method consists in extracting of soluble substances in dried tea leaf, containing in a porcelain or earthenware pot, by means of freshly boiling water, pouring of the liquor into a white porcelain or earthenware bowl, examination of the organoleptic properties of the infused leaf, and of the liquor...

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Posted on: 16/01/2014 By: Mr Paul Stevens   Categories: Environmental, Sustainability, Energy, Quality, Integration, Management system, On the lighter side

Poor communication

Sustainability Blunders – 5 of 7 - Lack of information and poor communication

Organisations cannot transform themselves unless most employees and even key stakeholders are willing to actively support and participate in the effort. Meaningful involvement often requires changing routines, adding extra duties and making other personal sacrifices. People will resist these changes unless they clearly understand the need, purpose, strategies and expected outcomes of the effort and believe...

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Posted on: 10/01/2014 By: Mr Paul Stevens   Categories: Environmental, Sustainability, Quality

Sustainability

Sustainability blunders - 3 of 7 - No clear vision of sustainability

One of the most consistent traits that appear in high-performance organisations is broad-based clarity on what they are striving to achieve. Exemplary organisations are exceptionally clear about their purpose. Purpose is defined by clear visions of the ideal condition they want to achieve in the future. Purpose is also defined by principles that serve as decision-making mechanisms that guide movement...

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Posted on: 21/12/2013 By: Mr Paul Stevens   Categories: Environmental, Sustainability, Quality, Management system

CSR

Sustainability Blunder 2: Implementing a 'Siloed' approach to Environmental, Social and Cooperate Responsibility

Because their primary frame of reference is the linear take-make-waste economic model, traditional management-training programmes promote a mechanistic approach that views organisations as collections of separate parts that can each be managed independently. Thus, the design and purchasing departments operate more or less independently from the manufacturing,...

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Posted on: 14/12/2013 By: Mr Paul Stevens   Categories: Environmental, Sustainability, Energy, Quality, Integration

ISO 14001 Motivations & Barriers

Motivations and Barriers to the Implementation Environmental Management Systems in SMEs – A review of the literature.

It is possible that differences may exist between the obstacles and motivations experienced by large organisations and the smaller organisations that fall within the category of SME when undertaking the decision to improve their environmental management. Managers within SMEs may have different opinions and concerns related to their individual strengths and weaknesses...

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Posted on: 29/11/2013 By: Mr Paul Stevens   Categories: Environmental, Quality, Management system

Benefits to ISO Management Systems

Barriers and Benefits to ISO Management Systems

Getting a management system certified to ISO standard by a UKAS accredited certification body can offer a number of advantages to an organisation.

There is a lot written about why you should introduce a management system into your business, and why you should put in all the hard work to get it certified to an ISO standard. So here is our take on the potential benefits, and some of the...

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Posted on: 29/10/2013 By: Mr Paul Stevens   Categories: Environmental, Sustainability, Energy, Quality, Management system

ISO Certification

Making a business case for ISO certification

Certification to an ISO standard should not just be a tick-box exercise – it should also always offer real and measurable value to your business.

A quick search of the internet will yield hundreds of results on how ISO standards such as ISO 9001, Click here to read more...

Posted on: 08/10/2013 By: Mr Paul Stevens   Categories: Environmental, Sustainability, Energy, Quality, Integration, Management system

ISO Standards

ISO Standards - the opportunities and benefits for integration of management systems

Introduction

The International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) is aware that an essential requirement of management systems is their ability to be integrated with one another. A rapidly growing number of organisations are undertaking certification for multiple standards, particularly Click here to read more...

Posted on: 26/09/2013 By: Mr Paul Stevens   Categories: Environmental, Energy, Quality, Integration, Management system

Who or What is ISO?

Who or What ISO

ISO stands for "International Organisation of Standardisation" who are the world's largest developer of voluntary national and International Standards. The 19 000 standards published cover almost all aspects of technology and business including our environment and, if implemented correctly, provide tools for tackling many of today's global challenges.


"ISO International Standards provide practical tools for tackling many of...

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Posted on: 21/09/2013 By: Mr Paul Stevens   Categories: Environmental, Sustainability, Energy, Quality, Management system

Certification & Accreditation

UKAS & ISO Standards - What's the difference between certification and accreditation, and why is it important?

Put simply, a companies management system is certified to the relevant Standard by an accredited assessment body. In our opinion this should be a UKAS accredited body.

"UKAS is the sole national accreditation body recognised by government to assess, against internationally agreed standards, organisations that provied certification, testing,...

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Posted on: 12/09/2013 By: Mr Paul Stevens   Categories: Environmental, Sustainability, Energy, Quality, Management system

ISO/CD 9001:2013

Draft version of ISO 9001 (ISO/CD 9001:2013) is now available online

The moment we've been waiting for! The draft version of IS0 9001 (which is currently undergoing revision for release in 2015) has now been made available for purchase.

Whilst the document will certainly be subject to change following the review period, those eager to understand the nature and scale of changes they should expect can download the document for around £26. The standards follow a new structure...

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Posted on: 11/09/2013 By: Mr Paul Stevens   Categories: Environmental, Sustainability, Energy, Quality, Integration, Management system

ISO 14001 Nonconformities

Research into ISO 14001 – Where are nonconformities most likely to come from?

This post provides an overview of the work done for a PhD thesis by Paul Stevens.

This work helped us build the platform we now operate from in supporting our clients implement and manage their ISO certification. It is this approach to management systems that makes us truly stand out from traditional consultants. AVISO...

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Posted on: 02/09/2013 By: Mr Paul Stevens   Categories: Environmental, Energy, Quality, Integration, Management system

Changes to ISO 14001 & ISO 9001

ISO 14001 and ISO 9001 are changing. What will it mean for your business?

ISO standards are reviewed every few years to make sure they still provide genuine benefit to your business. ISO9001:2008 the Quality Management Systems and ISO14001:2004 the Environmental Management Systems are currently going through this process...

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Posted on: 22/08/2013 By: Mr Paul Stevens   Categories: Environmental, Quality, Management system

Categorising ISO 14001

Categorising  ISO 14001

Categorising Companies – ISO 14001 If size doesn't matter what does?

This week we would like to provide an introduction to the kind of research AVISO is involved in. In practical terms, this kind of work helps us improve the quality of advice and support we can offer to the companies we work with. If you would like any more information on this piece of work, or other research projects AVISO...

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Posted on: 14/08/2013 By: Mr Paul Stevens   Categories: Environmental, Quality, Management system

Standards & Standardisation

Standards & Standardisation

Why standards don't have to mean standardisation

Every organisation is different, but many consultants seem to forget this when they embark upon an ISO certification contract. They'll give you out of the box frameworks to "install" in your own organisation. At first this might seem organised, credible and prepared. But does it make life easier in the long run?

We don't think so.

We believe that the way to make ISO really valuable, is to tailor the approach to your organisation...

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Posted on: 08/08/2013 By: Mr Paul Stevens   Categories: Environmental, Sustainability, Energy, Quality, Integration, Management system

ISO Certification - does size mater?

ISO Certification - does size mater?

ISO Certification - does size mater? Not when it comes to ISO Management Systems

Small to medium sized enterprises, or SME's, make up 99% of the business in the UK. The category includes sole traders through to firms with a turnover of 250 million Euros. However, sweeping assumptions are still being made about this diverse and multifaceted group.

A common example of this misconception is that SMEs will struggle over their larger competitors when it comes to their ability to achieve...

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Posted on: 26/07/2013 By: Mr Paul Stevens   Categories: Environmental, Sustainability, Quality, Management system

AVISO Consultancy - we're up and running!

AVISO Consultancy - we're up and running!

We're delighted to announce that Aviso Consultancy is officially up and running. As part of our shiny new social media presence, we've decided to take a different approach to most. Instead of telling you how fantastic we are and why you should join us, we aim to deliver content that is valuable to you. In short, we want to help you understand and gain the benefits of ISO certification and improved environmental management.

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Posted on: 26/07/2013 By: Mr Paul Stevens   Categories: Environmental, Sustainability, Energy, Quality, Integration, Management system, On the lighter side

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