Good Manufacturing Practices

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Guidelines for safety and success

Employing effective manufacturing practice guidelines within your organisation provides the framework for a safe and productive workplace. The purpose of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) guidelines is to instil a practical set of principles that guide the overall manufacturing process.

By developing and adhering to GMP guidelines in your organisation , you are creating a solid foundation from which to build the manufacturing efforts of your business. It provides employees across all levels with a set of standards to adhere to and minimises the potential for quality variance and sub par manufacturing performance.

OHSAS 18001 Certification

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International Safety Management Systems Certification

OHSAS18001 is an internationally recognised certification, and is a valuable business asset. The standard is particularly popular in Australia and New Zealand, given the increasing global trade occurring in the region. A new ISO standard for safety management systems is being planned for publishing, to take the place of OHSAS18001. The new standard, ISO45001 is expected to be published in late 2016

 

ISO22000 Certification

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International Food Safety Management

The risks associated with the entire food logistics chain represent a serious challenge for all organisations within the food industry.

Gaining an ISO 22000 Food Safety Management System certification allows your organisation to communicate a clear message both internally and externally: that you actively value the importance of safe food management and have achieved internationally recognised standards.

What is ISO 22000?

ISO 22000 is a food safety management standard that ensures hazards and risks are identified and dealt with effectively within organisations, across the entire food industry. Certification means that an organisation has demonstrated a commitment to the highest level of food safety, as well as an ongoing plan for continuous improvement.

What do I need to do to meet the requirements and get certified?

QMS will independently audit your food safety management systems to ensure your organisation meets the standards outlined in ISO 22000.

In order to be certified to the ISO 22000 standard, you will need to demonstrate:

  • Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) systems
  • Effective communication internally throughout your organisation regarding food safety management
  • Comprehensive systems in place for food safety management
  • Prerequisite Programs

What is the certification process?

A typical process for ISO standard certification looks like this:

    • The organisation develops an understanding of what is the standard is designed to achieve and how it will fit into the existing operations
    • Gaps are identified between existing systems and ISO standards
    • Document the internal processes planned by the organisation
    • Implementation of the plan throughout the organisation
    • An independent audit by a licensed certification body (QMS)

 

 

Environmental Management Systems Certification

What is an Environmental Management System?

An environmental management system (EMS) is a system containing all the relevant processes and policies around an organisation’s environmental programs. It’s a holistic management approach to identifying and controlling an organisation’s environmental issues. The aim of an environmental management system is to improve a businesses’ environmental performance and ensure compliance with the standard.

Environmental Management standards provide a benchmark upon which a business can measure their existing system against. If there are areas for improvement, the business can take steps to ensure their business is compliant. Once a business has achieved compliance they are able to consistently record their environmental performance, for the benefit of their internal and external stakeholders.

What are the benefits of an Environmental Management Systems certification?

Having an effective environmental management system in place is hugely beneficial to any organisation looking to better manage their environmental impacts.

Implementing an environmental management system indicates a forward-thinking organisation who takes responsibility for their environmental performance. The EMS can be useful for business across a range of industries and can help businesses improve their likelihood to win certain tenders.

A significant benefit of an EMS is the organisation will improve their ongoing performance by reducing waste and being more efficient with their use of resources.

What’s the process of implementing an environmental management system?

The implementation of an EMS is similar to other ISO standards:

  • Create and plan your environmental policy
  • Implement your policy within the business
  • Audit the system and identify any areas of improvement
  • Review and implement the changes to the system
  • Audit again

And so the process goes on. Continual improvement is critical to a successful EMS – after all, what was best practice three years ago may not be in 12 months time.

We offer a free downloadable checklist for you to see whether your business is ready for EMS certification.

What are the different types of environmental management systems certification?

  • ISO 14001 Certification
  • NSW EMS Guidelines