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The Roots of ISO 14001 (Part 2)

Posted by on May 23, 2017 in Environment | Comments Off on The Roots of ISO 14001 (Part 2)

The Roots of ISO 14001 (Part 2)

As described in part 1 of this article, early legislation and attempts to curb air pollution were largely unsuccessful and a situation arose in post-war London where ‘pea soup’ fogs in colder winter months combined with the excess pollution that was a normal feature of daily life to create life-threatening smogs. Also known as a black fog, killer fog or smog, is was a very thick and often yellowish, greenish, or blackish fog caused by air pollution that contained soot particulates and the poisonous gas sulphur dioxide. On the worst days,...

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The Roots of ISO 14001 (Part 1)

Posted by on May 28, 2016 in Environment | Comments Off on The Roots of ISO 14001 (Part 1)

The Roots of ISO 14001 (Part 1)

Companies and organisations with environmental management systems certified to ISO 14001:2004 have until end 2018 to make the transition to the new 2015 version of the standard. ISO 14001:2015 introduces a number of substantive changes to make the standard more effective with an overall aim of ensuring certification achieves real environmental improvements and makes a contribution to sustainable development. In this regard, it is useful to consider the roots of the standard which emerged from the environmental movement that emerged in the...

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Seveso III and major accident hazards

Posted by on May 28, 2016 in Health and safety | Comments Off on Seveso III and major accident hazards

Seveso III and major accident hazards

A new Directive on the control of major accident hazards involving dangerous substances known as Seveso III was published on 24 July 2012 by the European Commission and has been implemented in the Irish legislature by the Chemicals Act (Control of Major Accident Hazards Involving Dangerous Substances) Regulations 2015. It amended and subsequently repealed the Seveso II Directive on 1 June 2015. The Seveso III Directive addresses the consequences to the regulation of major accident hazard sites of the repeal of the Dangerous Substances...

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A journey from ISO 9001 to ISO 17025 accreditation

Posted by on May 28, 2016 in Laboratory | Comments Off on A journey from ISO 9001 to ISO 17025 accreditation

A journey from ISO 9001 to ISO 17025 accreditation

BioLogiQ helped Endoval to prepare for the upgrade of their Quality Management System from ISO 9001 to ISO 17025 to demonstrate the competency of their laboratory testing to their cutomers. Their INAB accreditation audit should be taking place in the coming months. Daniel Parra, Endoval’s Managing Director describes how this went for them. Why ISO 17025 accreditation? “Endoval provides maintenance services for medical devices in hospitals and part of this service requires chemical and microbiological testing of waters taken from these....

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ISO 9001:2015 – A quick look at the “known knowns” and the “known unknowns”

Posted by on May 28, 2016 in Quality | Comments Off on ISO 9001:2015 – A quick look at the “known knowns” and the “known unknowns”

ISO 9001:2015 – A quick look at the “known knowns” and the “known unknowns”

As well over 1 million organisations across the world await the latest version of the world’s most popular management system standard let’s ask ourselves what do we already know about the expected changes to the ISO 9001 standard and what won’t we know until the standard is published and implemented by organisations? The Process Approach, PDCA The existing concepts of Plan Do Check Act (PDCA) and the Process Approach will remain at the core of the standard. The existing 8 Principles of Quality Management underpinning ISO 9001 will...

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The Irish retrofitted bungalow that consumes less than a passive house

Posted by on Dec 4, 2014 in Energy | Comments Off on The Irish retrofitted bungalow that consumes less than a passive house

The Irish retrofitted bungalow that consumes less than a passive house

Carlow, a town situated about 80 kilometers from Dublin, is the site of the most energy-efficient 1970s bungalow in the country. Formerly, it was a typical energy-guzzling construction from the period with energy bills running to thousands of euro a year – today it consumes less energy yearly less than a passive house. Bills for all energy consumption including electrical appliances are in the region of several hundred euro only. This achievement was recognised when it received a Green Apple Award in 2013. The bungalow A study carried...

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What changes are expected from the new ISO 14001?

Posted by on Oct 30, 2014 in Environment | Comments Off on What changes are expected from the new ISO 14001?

What changes are expected from the new ISO 14001?

The revised edition of ISO 14001 – the international standard for Environmental Management Systems (EMS) – used by over 250,000 organisations worldwide is close to completion, with a draft text being finalized before its release in the first half of next year. This will bring a renewed focus on the value environmental management delivers to business. What kind of changes will there be? What will need to be taken into consideration? When published, ISO 14001:2015 will have a new structure and adopt the “common text” that follows the...

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Waste Management, why is it important and what can you do?

Posted by on Oct 17, 2014 in Environment | Comments Off on Waste Management, why is it important and what can you do?

Waste Management, why is it important and what can you do?

Most people don’t realize how much waste they throw away every day. For example, if we are just looking at food, from uneaten leftovers to spoiled produce, shockingly, as much as half of the world’s food is wasted. Consequently, feeding the world is actually much more about preventing waste than finding ways of producing more food and all its associated social and environmental costs. Once in landfills, the valuable raw materials contained in waste are lost and food in particular breaks down to produce toxic leachate which can...

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Thinking of ISO 17025 accreditation for your laboratory?

Posted by on Oct 1, 2014 in Laboratory | Comments Off on Thinking of ISO 17025 accreditation for your laboratory?

Thinking of ISO 17025 accreditation for your laboratory?

ISO/IEC 17025:2005 specifies the general requirements for a laboratory management system to carry out tests and/or calibrations, and sampling, using standard, non-standard or laboratory-developed methods. ISO 17025 is applicable to all organizations performing tests and/or calibrations including first-, second- and third-party laboratories, as well as laboratories where testing and/or calibration forms part of inspection and product certification.  Section 4 of the standard outlines the management system elements required to establish a...

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How to Plan for Spills and Effective Spill Control

Posted by on Sep 29, 2014 in Environment | Comments Off on How to Plan for Spills and Effective Spill Control

How to Plan for Spills and Effective Spill Control

In our last article we discussed REACH and CLP regulations and how your business can get ready for the REACH registration process. In this we touch on the spillage of chemicals and their control – what is spill control? how does it impact your employees and your business? how do you prepare for it?   Impact of spills While certain chemicals, pesticides, oils, sewage and animal slurries are polluting materials that we can readily identify as harmful or hazardous – many materials we don’t perceive of as hazardous can still...

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