I applaud the PR team who so skilfully handled the birth of Prince George (am I the only person for whom this name brings up a picture of Hugh Lawrie in Blackadder?) - now let's hope that the new family can have some time to get used to being just that, peacefully and away from the relentless glare of the media.
ISO members have approved the development of an occupational health and safety (OH&S) management system standard, following two negative ballots. The standard will take BS-OHSAS 18001:2007 as its background document.
The standard number is unclear, but an unrelated ISO/IEC TR 18001 already exists, which may result in a renumbering of the ‘18001’ standard.
The work will be carried out by PC 283 - OH&S Management systems - Requirements. PC stands for Project Committee (typically a Technical Committee is used eg TC 176 for ISO 9001). The Secretary will be BSI and the first meeting of PC 283 will be held on 21-25 October in London.
Thanks to IRCA's Inform enewsletter for this interesting snippet.
A friend has had a broken window in their (German) motorhome. A replacement was manufactured and shipped to the UK, but was so poorly packed that it was damaged when it arrived. A second window has just arrived in the UK and guess what? This one is for a left hand vehicle - and my friend's van is very definitely a UK spec RH drive vehicle. So much for German efficiency!!
I love going to sleep and watching the night sky as I drift off, and last night the sky was quite quite amazing with the most gloriously orange moon clearly lighting up the sky as I drifted off to sleep. I woke with quite a start some time later - the sky was once again illuminated but by the brightest flash of lightning. There were 3 or 4 more huge and very bright flashes and then peace and darkness descended again. I have to say I was quite disappointed, I'd really hoped that there was going to be a terrific storm - whilst I might not want to be outside in such weather w
One of my friends was commenting that she'd lost a vital piece of paper and it got us talking about funny filing systems. She had a colleague who had a very simple system. He had 2 piles of filing - one marked 'under 6 months old', the other 'over 6 months old'. Every 6 months he moved the older pile into the bin and the newer pile then became the 'older' pile. It reminded me that I had a tray marked 'unofficially lost pending a trip to the bin'. Another great system involved having 3 piles - one marked 'pending', another marked 'file of stuff that can go into a file' and another marked 'not sure'. Whatever system you use make sure it has an element of humour about it, and it works for you!
After a completely mad morning we took time out this afternoon (on the grounds that we needed to exchange a Calor Gas cylinder - a good excuse we thought) and sat in the sunshine at Naburn Marina, enjoying the views whilst we had an ice cream. If you havn't been there recently it's worth a visit for a not overly expensive cuppa (cream and strawberry scones on offer today too!) with lo
Oh the inanity of the comments being made by the Royal Baby reporters. For goodness sake, let the poor woman give birth in peace and quiet and
A recent post on a LinkedIn discussion forum I subscribe to asked whether it was ok for external certification auditors to raise findings in their reports that had never been mentioned during the actual audit, or at the closing meeting.
I am amazed and disappointed that anyone working within the profession could take such a stance and it shows what a long way some auditors have to go to work ethically and professionally. Thankfully I guess this auditor is very much in the minority and I hope that they move on to other work or learn from their mistake.
it's vital that auditors share their views when they find something which may represent a deficiency. The auditee needs to know what could be wrong and why, and be given the chance to provide other evidence to demonstrate compliance if it is available. They need to know what is wrong and why it's wrong so that they can undertake effective root cause analysis and identify suitable corrective and preventive actions. They need to know what is wrong and why it's wrong because it's common courtesy.
I spend a lot of time teaching audit skills and one of my lines is 'no surprises' - encouraging auditors to share their views openly and honestly with the auditee and to build an effective working relationship and to work together to determine the final wording of any findings. That's the right way to go in my view!
So what can you do if you are unlucky enough to get an auditor who raises a finding in a report that you've not been appraised of? Firstly complain to the certification body. They employ the auditor, it's their responsibility to make sure they are working professionally and ethically in line with the requirements of ISO19011 and ISO17021. Secondly ask for a new auditor for the next visit - you don't have to accept the same guy again. Thirdly learn to ask whether the findings raised at the closing meeting are the totality of the findings which will be reported. Happy auditing!
Cold bacon, dried out eggs and stewed coffee does not enchant. It enchants even less when you are expected to pay £14.95! A vet agreeable alternative found for £3.15.
Yesterday I watched the Murray match, sat on the edge of my seat for much of it. I enjoyed the match tremendously and, like many of you I suspect, couldn't contain my excitement when the final ball hit the net and he'd won.
Throughout the tournament there have been such wonderful displays of determination, of not giving up when it would be only too easy to do so. There are lessons for all of us in that, and the example set by so many of the players will be with me for the coming weeks.
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