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Because Health & Safety is everyone’s business: ISO 45001

Tuesday 22nd May 2018

In March 2018, amidst the worst snowfalls the UK has yet seen, a keenly awaited new standard was published. ISO 45001:2018 is the world’s first International Standard for Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S), and replaces its British predecessor OHSAS 18001. Why the change? An international standard was needed, to address working conditions, workplace injury and […]

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Tips for staying calm in an audit

Thursday 12th April 2018

You’re a small business working your socks off to achieve ISO certification. And there’s just one thing now standing between you and it: an external audit. Yikes. The word ‘audit’ strikes fear into the souls of even the most hardened business people. But does it have to be that way? We think not. So, in […]

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How Russian Dolls Can Protect us from Cyber Crime

Tuesday 19th December 2017

Encryption. Everyone’s talking about it. In October, the European Commission proposed that member states should share encryption information to prevent the need for encryption ‘backdoors’. The RH Amber Rudd MP has asked that creators of messaging apps ‘do more to help the authorities access messages on end-to-end encrypted services.’ All this debate has honourable intentions […]

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Employee reviews: a ten-point checklist

Thursday 12th October 2017

They are a bit like fruitcakes – traditionally turning up once a year, whether you like them or not. But employee reviews shouldn’t really be like this. And they needn’t be something that both employees and managers dread. So, how do we make employee reviews a little less fruitcake, and a lot more conversation? 1. […]

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Reducing the cyber-crime landscape: Let the baddies show themselves up

Thursday 5th October 2017

This week, the news is full of Rt Hon Amber Rudd MP’s so-called ‘rant’ against tech firms. She’s demanded that ‘Silicon Valley had to do more to help the authorities access messages on end-to-end encrypted services like WhatsApp.’ Rt Hon Amber Rudd MP stated that she doesn’t want ‘back doors’ installed in encryption codes. And […]

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ISO standards as a lingua franca

Friday 11th August 2017

Bring two people together who don’t speak the same language and they are mutually incomprehensible. Little, if anything, can be achieved. But give them a common tongue – a lingua franca – and they can understand each other, negotiate, share ideas, trade, improve and innovate. This is exactly what ISO Standards do. They’re a set […]

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