What are - ISO9001, ISO14001 and ISO45001?

12/01/2022

ISO stands for International Organization of Standardization. ISO is the world's largest developer and publisher of international standards.
The three different types are - ISO9001, ISO14001, and ISO45001. Each one has a slightly different focus, but all have to do with environmental, quality, or safety management systems. This article aims to help you understand these three essential standards so that you can apply them in your company or organization.

What are ISO Standards?

An international standard is a document intended to be used worldwide by all interested parties. They are voluntary agreements on the best way of doing something, which seeks consensus among national representatives worldwide.

There are different types of ISO standards, namely:

Quality Management Standards

ISO 9000 is the international standard for quality management systems. It helps organizations communicate with their customers and suppliers about their processes, objectives, functions, and responsibilities to achieve customer satisfaction.

Environmental Management Standards

The environmental standards are intended to help companies improve their environmental performance by guiding how they should manage their environmental aspects.

Health and Safety Management Standards

The safety management standards provide standardized guidelines for companies to improve the workplace safety of employees through identifying hazards associated with specific tasks or work activities and implementing control measures to mitigate these risks.

Energy Management Standards

The energy management standards are based on the ISO 50001 that provides guidelines for improving their energy efficiency. They prescribe a common language and standard procedures to assess, plan, implement and maintain an effective energy performance improvement system.

Food Safety Standards

There are guidelines for companies that want to ensure the safety of their food products. These standards provide requirements for developing, implementing, and maintaining a food safety management system to manage risks within an organization's supply chain.

IT Security Standards

The IT security standards provide a common framework that organizations can use to protect their computer and telecommunications systems from unauthorized access, use, disclosure, interception, or destruction.

Why Are ISO Standards Important?

ISO standards are important because they provide a common framework that companies can improve their quality, environmental, and safety performance. They also help organizations communicate with their customers and suppliers about their processes, objectives, and responsibilities.
To achieve compliance with an ISO standard, an organization must implement a management system tailored to the standard's specific requirements. The management system must be effective in meeting the requirements and should be regularly reviewed and updated to ensure that it continues to meet the organization's needs.

Why Choose a Contractor That Has / Follows ISO Standards?

There are many reasons you might want to choose a crane hire contractor that has or follows ISO standards.
These include:

* ISO standards are an indication of a contractor's competence in relevant areas mentioned above.
* A Crane company that has implemented the requirements laid down in one or more relevant ISO standards is likely to be able to help you implement them within your organization. They will have good knowledge and understanding of how these systems work, which should reduce implementation costs because you will not need to train the contractor's staff.
* A company that is ISO certified or follows relevant standards has proven its ability to successfully implement management systems in all business areas, including health and safety, quality, environment, and energy. This should give you confidence about their competence as a whole.

ISO9001

The ISO9001 is the international standard for quality management systems. It is suitable for any organization, regardless of the industry in which it operates or its size.

What Does It Do, And Who Is It For?

The standard requires organizations to integrate quality throughout the company and continuously improve their management systems. This means that they need to:
1. Define, document, and implement a set of processes designed around satisfying customer requirements;
2. Ensure all employees follow these defined processes daily.

ISO14001

The ISO 14001:2004 establishes criteria for an environmental management system and can be used by any type and size of organization in all industries. The standard specifies requirements that help organizations prevent pollution and reduce their environmental impact.

What Does It Do, And Who Is It For?

The standard helps organizations to:
1.Establish an environmentally sound management system;
2.Identify and control the environmental aspects of their business that can have an impact on the environment;
3.Improve their environmental performance through a continuous improvement approach.

ISO45001

The ISO 45000 provides guidelines for organizations to manage their energy performance and is suitable for any size or type of organization across all industry sectors, including the public sector. The standard specifies requirements that help organizations determine their energy needs, set targets, and develop plans on how they will cost-effectively achieve those goals.

What Does It Do, And Who Is It For?

The standard helps organizations to:
1. Establish an energy management system
2. Identify and control the energy aspects of their business that can have an impact on their energy performance
3. Improve their energy performance through a continuous improvement approach.

What Do The Standards In The ISO 14000 Family Cover?

The ISO standards in the ISO 14000 family cover all aspects of an organization's environmental management system, including:
*Policy and Planning: how to define environmental objectives and targets
*Planning,Implementing, and Operating Processes: how to implement an EMS (environmental management system), including how it integrates with other business functions such as finance and quality.
*Measuring Performance: the methods that can be used for continuous improvement.

Can an Organization be ISO 14001 Certified?

An organization does not have to be certified against ISO 14001 to meet its environmental objectives. However, being registered against the standard demonstrates commitment and good practice.
It also reinforces the company's credibility with suppliers, customers, investors, and other stakeholders and employees by demonstrating that it considers environmental impacts necessary enough for formal management attention.
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