It's time to renew my IRCA registration and keep my audit ticket valid, and this week I have spent time looking at the Continuing Professional Development which I've done over the last 3 years. It's been a fascinating review to undertake, I've kept a log pretty well up to date throughout the 3 years (although rather annoyingly the IRCA form which was 'right' 3 years ago has now changed so I've had to transfer information to the new style form) so drawing all the information together has been relatively simple. What has surprised me is the breadth of the CPD that I've done - both in terms of style and content. Sometimes it is really good to reflect and appreciate just what a journey has been undertaken! Now to do the audit log!!
Look out for details of a new course on this oil and gas variant of ISO 9001 coming soon. Development if the programme is underway, get in ouch I'd want to register interest.
Workplace Daily Law Network reports that two major companies have been fined for a serious blaze in Leeds that led to the evacuation of six homes, the closure of a major road and gas supplies being cut off. Leeds-based Northern Gas Networks Operations (NGNO Ltd) and Morgan Sindall (Infrastructure) plc both appeared at Leeds Crown Court on 31 July after neglecting basic safety measures when a new section of gas mains needed to be installed during a major construction project on the Ring Road at Beeston.
The Court heard that a number of safety failings by both companies resulted in welding work on a gas main sparking a fire that sent 20-foot flames into the sky. As a result, three workers had to flee to escape,
six homes had to be evacuated and fire crews had to use water jets to protect nearby properties during the incident which occurred on 3 Sept 2010. Some of the work involved had been sub contracted and the HSE discovered that the two sub-contractors were only competent in specific parts of the jobs and that neither fully understood the overall work being conducted. The HSE investigation concluded that the defendants failed to properly plan the work or put in place adequate safety controls for the work.
Fines levied by the court were £35,000 plus £8,435 in costs for NGN and MS were fined £50,000 plus £12,900 costs. The HSE Inspector commented “When undertaking high hazard activities such as this, it is
essential that the proper steps are taken to ensure that risks are fully considered and then controlled.”
I regularly see companies who have management systems in place, sadly some of these systems have very clearly been written with the aim of satisfying a certification body and doing little else. Management systems work best when they are written to help a business develop and manage it's processes. Not to get a certificate on the wall because that will come as a by product. Clever companies see how much they can gain by understanding their processes and having them documented well, they see the chance to streamline, to deliver consistency, to work smarter. As a result of that they see improvements in the bottom line, reductions in wastage, improvements in understanding.
So who is your system written for - your business and it's stakeholders, or the visit once a year certification body? Make the most of it and make it work for you!
I have a meeting with a potential new client this morning. I love the buzz that comes from exploring options, finding out what the client needs and how I can best deliver their expectations. Happy days!
My daughter has just spent 4 days competing in a World Championship sailing event. I have been so proud of her, and amazed at her ability to get stuck in and dig deep into her emotional and physical reserves. I feel I have been so privileged to share that experience with her, and that I have learnt a huge amount about my daughter that I wouldn't have learnt had we not been at such a huge and international event. I hope that she has learnt a lot about me too. A week which will be held as a very special memory in both our minds for many years to come I hope.
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