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ISO 14001, Environmental Management System, as one of the most popular management system standard with about 300000 certificates globally issued every year is published now. ISO 14001 was the first standard which restructured based on High Level Structure (HLS) aligned with other two standards ISO 9001, quality management system and ISO 45001, occupational health and safety management system which are expected to be published in 2015 and 2016, respectively.
The key positive changes in this version include:
Aligned with the High Level Structure (HLS), ISO 14001:2015 is structured as:
2. Normative Reference
3. Terms & Definitions
4. Context of the Organisation
9. Performance Evaluation
Aligned with other management system standards, the framework introduced in the new version is integrated into the Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) Model to emphasize the importance of process approach and continual improvement. The below figure depicts the integration of PDCA and ISO 14001:2015 framework.
Please contact us if you need our hands to assist you in the journey of transition to the new version of standard. We will help you assess the gaps between your existing system and the requirements of the new version and also assist you in filling the gaps and getting ready for ISO 14001 certification.
HACCP is a systematic and preventive approach in food industry for identifying food safety hazard which may cause an unsafe food at all stage of food supply chain from production, packaging, distribution, preparation and serving to the customer. In its proactive approach, rather than relying on inspection of finished product, control measures will be applied to control or eliminate the chemical, physical, biological and allergic hazards.
1.1. Assembly of a multidisciplinary team (HACCP team)
It includes the whole range of specific knowledge and expertise from all parts of business
1.2. Description of the product
It includes composition (e.g. ingredients), structure (e.g. Solid), processing (e.g. smoking), packaging (e.g. vacuum), storage and distribution conditions, required shelf life, instructions for use and any microbiological or chemical criteria applicable.
1.3. Identification of intended use
It defines the intended use of the product by the customers and if it is suitable for particular customers such as travelers or vulnerable people.
1.4. Develop a flow diagram
It is a description of all steps involved in the process from receiving the raw materials to distribution of the finished food to the market in sequence supported by sufficient technical data
1.5. Listing hazards and existing control measures
List all potential expected to occur at each process step and identify the current control measure to eliminate or control them
2. Identification of Critical Control Points (CCP)
A logical approach facilitated by the use of a decision tree or other methods is applied in identification of CCPs. At each step of the flow diagram, the decision tree must be applied to each hazard that may be reasonably expected to occur or be introduced and each control measure identified.
3. Determine Critical Limits at CCPs
Critical limits for each control measure associated with a CCP is to be determined. They are determined as acceptable limit values of the measurable parameters which is considered for controlling the control points.
The critical limits may be derived from a variety of sources such as legislations, guides of GHP (Good Hygiene Practices) and etc.
4. Monitoring Procedures at CCPs
Monitoring procedure at each critical point to ensure compliance with specified critical limits.
This monitoring procedure are to detect any out of control observations or measurements as an evidence of a situation needs to be resolved by implementing the required process adjustment and corrective actions.
5. Corrective Actions
The corrective action to eliminate or control the hazard need to be taken when monitoring results indicate a deviation from the critical limit. The corrective actions are to include root cause, required actions, responsible person(s) and due date.
6. Verification Procedures
In order to verify if the HACCP is working correctly. Verification procedures may include random sampling and analysis, reinforced analysis or tests at selected critical points, intensified analysis of intermediate or final products, and surveys on actual condition during storage, distribution and sale and on actual use of the product.
7. Documentation and Record Keeping
Effective and accurate record keeping is essential and to be appropriate to the nature and size of the operation and sufficient.
The food business is to ensure that all personnel are aware of the hazards identified (if any), the critical points and the control measures and any corrective actions.
Please contact us if you need more details on how our expert team can assists you in training, developing. auditing and certifying your HACCP system.
The AS/NZS 5377 (also mentioned as AS 5377) standard was prepared by the Joint Standards Australia/Standards New Zealand Committee EV-019, E-waste and published in February 2013. This standard outline the minimum requirements for the safe and environmentally sound collection, storage, transport and treatment of end-of-life electrical and electronic equipment, known as E-waste, in order to maximize re-use and material recovery, reduce or eliminate the amount of waste from this equipment going to final point of disposal operations such as landfill, safeguard worker health, and minimize harm to the
In August 2011, the Product Stewardship Act 2011 commenced in August 2011 and provides a legislative framework for national product stewardship schemes as a key commitment by the Australian Government under the National Waste Policy which had been endorsed by Council of Australian Governments (COAG) in August 2010.
The Product Stewardship (Televisions and Computers) Regulations 2011 came into effect in November 2011 as the first products to be regulated under Australian product stewardship legislation in order to support a co-regulatory recycling scheme for televisions, computers, printers and computer products. The National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme (NTCRS) was established in 2011 under a co-regulatory approach.
The AS/NZS 5377 standard was published by the Joint Standards Australia/Standards New Zealand commitee EV-019, E-waste in February 2013 as the first formal standard to ensure a consistent industry standard for scheme recycling providers and ensure positive work health and safety outcomes.
From 1 July 2016, the Australian Government will require co-regulatory arrangements to ONLY contract with recycling service providers that are certified to AS 5377, the Australian Standard. It can be considered as a challenge for the E-waste recyclers and the companies which are willing to launch a new business as E-waste recycler, but on the other hand, the opportunity is really huge. E-waste is growing 3 times faster than any other waste stream.
Under the NTCRS scheme, the targets are increasing from 50 per cent of available e-waste for the 2015-16 financial year up to 80 per cent in 2026-27. How attractive is this huge business opportunity regaring the growth of E-waste volume and also this target?
This Standard is intended to be used by parties involved in the collection, storage, transport, and treatment of end-of-life electrical and electronic equipment. In includes five sections outlined below:
Section 1: Scope, Objectives, Application and General Requirements – This section includes the requirements which is applicable for all organisations throughout E-waste recycling supply chain.
Section 2 – Requirements For Collection and Storage Facilities – This section is applicable for the locations which has been advertised or promoted as being place where end-of-life electrical and electronic equipment can be left or will be received for the purpose of transporting them to a facility for material recovery or processing, whether or not it provides public access.
Section 3 – Recovery for Re-use from End-of-life Electrical and Electronic Equipment – This section includes recovery of assemblies, components and parts. Service providers for repair, refurbishment and re-marketing of used whole equipment are outside the scope of this Standard.
Section 4 – Requirements for Transportation – This section includes the requirements of E-waste transportation for intrastate, interstate or for export purposes.
Section 5 – Requirements for the Treatment of End-of-life Electrical and Electronic Equipment including material recovery or processing of end-of-life electrical and electronic equipment.
The details are shown in the following picture. As it is shown, not all sections are applicable for all organisations.
Please contact us if you need our hands to assist you for develop and establish your management system in compliance with the requirements of AS/NZS 5377:2013 standard. We also offer a gap assessment service to find out how close you are to your AS/NZS 5377 certificate.
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