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    Cover up and keep cool: how to keep your outdoor workers safe in the sun

    The sun is out and lockdown is loosening, which means more of us are lying out in the sun to bake. But what are the risks of summer sun and extreme heat to outdoor workers? Read on to discover the risks and what you can do to keep your workers safe this summer.

    Fri, July 03 2020

    Are your cyber policies up to scratch for the ‘new normal’?

    Whether working remotely, heading back to the office or switching between the two, the ‘new normal’ in the wake of the pandemic has put IT teams and cyber policies under strain. But what are the risks of our new working lives, and how can you keep your business secure?

    Wed, July 01 2020

    In focus: DS Water and ISO 9001 and ISO 14001

    To find out how the services of QMS help businesses reach ISO certification, we spoke to Daniel Goaillard of DS Water to learn about his experience and how he plans to use the Standards and QMS Connect to grow his business.

    Tue, June 16 2020

    The long game: why strategy is the key to environmental sustainability in business

    We’ve all doing our bit by throwing cans in the recycling bin at work and flicking off the lights when we’re the last to leave the office, but can sustainability in business ever be fully realised without a long-term strategy?

    Tue, June 09 2020

    Building a path out of lockdown with ISO 9001

    When COVID-19 sent the construction industry into crisis, London-based firm LS Build was able to adapt to the situation and begin paving the road out of lockdown. Here’s how the firm relied on ISO 9001 to put them ahead of the curve.

    Wed, June 03 2020

    Let’s get back to business: 5 things you need to think about

    There’s a little bit of light at the end of the lockdown tunnel and organisations across the country are starting to think about getting back to business. But it won’t be a case of flinging open the doors and welcoming back your staff. COVID-19 is still a threat, and as a result,

    Wed, June 03 2020

    Taking action: 7 things SMEs are doing now to save the planet

    Every little helps when it comes to saving the environment, but some SMEs are taking even bigger steps towards a more sustainable business. To find out exactly what SMEs are doing to protect the planet, we went and asked them. Here’s a round-up of what we discovered.

    Mon, April 27 2020

    Planet vs profit: what are current SME attitudes towards environmental sustainability?

    Consumers and governments are calling for more businesses to embrace an environmentally sustainable way of working. But how realistic is it? And what should be done? We spoke to some SMEs to get their opinion.

    Wed, April 22 2020

    From cabinets to PPE

    After COVID-19 forced Rapid 3D Solutions (Tracecnc.co.uk) to shut down, its ISO 9001-assured procedures have been put to a new use – producing PPE for the NHS.

    Wed, April 22 2020

    Major or minor: what are the differences between non-conformances?

    Non-conformances will often get flagged up in audits, but what is the difference between a major and a minor non-conformance? To dispel some of the confusion, we’ve put together a handy guide.

    Tue, April 21 2020

    10 ways to spring clean your business during lockdown

    Lockdown may be preventing business as usual, but it could be the perfect opportunity to give your business a spruce up. Here’s our round-up of what you could do to help your business to spring back into action after lockdown.

    Tue, March 31 2020

    The business case for ISO 9001: why should you buy?

    You have to speculate to accumulate, and ISO 9001 has a strong case for investment. But if you or your management team need convincing, we’ve put together a business case just for you. Read on to find out more.

    Mon, March 23 2020

    How can ISOs make your business disaster-proof?

    Fire, flood, theft, a global pandemic… disaster can strike at any time. But with the right preparation and tools at your disposal, you can help your business to come out on top. Here’s how ISOs can help.

    Fri, March 20 2020

    Coronavirus update: our services

    QMS has been closely monitoring the latest advice and is fully equipped to continue to provide our usual services without interruption. Read on to get more details.

    Wed, March 18 2020

    Slips, sickness and stress remain high at work says HSE

    Figures from the 2018-19 HSE summary show that illness and injury rates at work remain high. Discover the details and what you can do to improve health and safety

    Thu, February 27 2020

    Risky business: why an out-of-date management system is a risk

    Don’t let your standards slip with an out of date management system – upgrading is easier than you think.

    Wed, February 26 2020

    How Office Tech Can Help Businesses Make Eco-Friendly Choices

    Going for the pro-environmental option does not necessarily require a huge amount of financial investment. Companies can choose to adopt practical methods such as utilising office technology that help, rather than damage the environment.

    Wed, January 29 2020

    Holiday Opening Hours

    A brief update featuring the QMS holiday period opening times.

    Fri, December 13 2019

    ISO 22301 Update - how will Certified Businesses be Impacted?

    Earlier this year, the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) updated the Standard for business continuity management – ISO 22301 – to make it easier and clearer to use. Find out how this change affects businesses currently using an ISO 22301:2012 Management System.

    Wed, December 11 2019

    How do you manage your management review?

    Make your next management review one to remember with these top tips on how to keep them engaging.

    Tue, November 26 2019

    ISO 22301:2019 Revision Published

    ISO 22301:2019, the updated standard for business continuity management systems was published on 31st October 2019 and replaces the previous 2012 edition.

    Wed, November 20 2019

    What do I do if I’ve failed my ISO audit?

    A detailed guide on what to do if you have failed an ISO audit and how you can recover from a failure.

    Tue, November 12 2019

    Management System maintenance: what do businesses need to do?

    Ensuring that your Management System is kept up-to-date is one of the most important aspects of maintaining your certification to your chosen Standard. If you've ever wondered where to start; look no further.

    Wed, October 16 2019

    Context of the Organisation Explained

    An in-depth look at Clause 4 of the Annex SL structured ISO Standards, Context of the Organisation.

    Fri, October 04 2019

    CDM Regulations explained

    They’re the main regulations overseeing health, safety, and welfare across Britain’s construction industry, but how much do you know about CDM? Here, we take a closer look at these important legal duties

    Fri, September 13 2019

    Get educated in ISO 27001 - Higher standards for higher education

    With the potential for financial loss, legal action and privacy violations, colleges and HEIs can no longer afford to ignore cyber threats. And with the recent new requirement for colleges and HEIs to have ISO 27001 certification, now is the time to act, before it’s too late.

    Thu, August 29 2019

    Non-conformities – what are they and why do we need to check for them?

    How to identify instances of non-conformity within a Management System and why it is important to do so.

    Tue, August 27 2019

    Are you ready to Tender?

    An overview of the different types of tenders and the issues you should consider before responding

    Fri, August 23 2019

    What does a no-deal Brexit mean for your environmental policy?

    With a no-deal Brexit on the table, how are businesses going to meet their climate change requirements?

    Wed, August 21 2019

    Information Commissioner's Office updates their Data Protection guidance

    The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has updated their guidance on Subject Access Requests. Read more about the changes and how they affect your business.

    Fri, August 16 2019

    Everything you need to know about ISO Management Systems

    Are you struggling to get your head around ISO Management Systems? This comprehensive guide will tell you all the essentials and get you up to speed in no time!

    Thu, August 08 2019

    ISO 27001: an education

    Colleges and other education establishments are now required to implement ISO 27001 as part of their 2019/2020 contracts

    Mon, July 15 2019

    British Airways fine: a warning to all

    If data protection hasn’t crossed your mind much since the GDPR came into effect last year, then this month’s shocking announcement by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) might give you pause.

    Fri, July 12 2019

    A Beginner's Guide to understanding SSIP Membership and Accreditation

    What is SSIP? And what does it all mean? This blog explains SSIP membership and how businesses may become SSIP accredited. It also addresses the great benefits that SSIP accreditation can pose for buyers and suppliers. Finally, it provides insight into SMAS.

    Wed, July 10 2019

    ISO 22000 for event management companies

    Find out how ISO 22000 is an excellent way to manage the complex processes that event management companies are required to follow.

    Thu, June 20 2019

    What is the Plan Do Check Act cycle?

    Find out about the Plan Do Check Act cycle and how it works.

    Wed, June 12 2019

    The importance of engaging your team

    Empowered and engaged employees bring many benefits to an organisation. Find out how you can get your employees on side and bring these benefits to your business.

    Mon, June 03 2019

    GDPR One Year Anniversary

    In the year since it was introduced, how does the European Commission rate the progress of the GDPR?

    Fri, May 24 2019

    10 Information Security Tips for Small Businesses

    Read our tips on how small and micro businesses can protect themselves from information security threats

    Tue, May 07 2019

    What is Annex SL?

    Annex SL is the high-level structure for modern ISO Standards. The new structure ensures consistency and compatibility between the different Management System Standards.

    Thu, April 25 2019

    Documented Management System vs ISO Manual

    Documents that describe your Organisation's processes are referred to as a documented Management System. But how should you present these documents?

    Tue, April 23 2019

    What is an Integrated Management System?

    Find out about Integrated Management Systems and how they can help businesses like yours.

    Tue, April 09 2019

    ISO 9001 vs other Quality Management Systems

    Find out about the differences between an ISO 9001 certified Management System and other available Quality Management Systems.

    Mon, March 25 2019

    ISO 20252:2019 Published

    The 2019 version of ISO 20252 - the Standard for Market, opinion and social research - has been released. This third revision to the Standard has seen it updated to cover changes to both new and modified research practices.

    Fri, March 15 2019

    How Will ISO 9001 Help Your Start-Up?

    While often viewed as a tool for larger companies, ISO 9001 certification actually has equal power to boost the performance of start-up ventures. Here’s how:

    Mon, March 04 2019

    5 tips to turn customer complaints into useful insight

    People don’t like complaining – they do it because you have in some way annoyed or frustrated them. That is why it is important to remember these 5 important tips.

    Mon, February 18 2019

    What is a Data Protection Impact Assessment?

    Following recent updates to privacy legislation, businesses now need to build data protection into their products and processes right from the design stages.

    Thu, February 14 2019

    QMS awarded One to Watch for second year in a row

    Following the completion of an Employee Engagement Survey through Best Companies, QMS has made it onto the Best Companies Ones to Watch list for a second year.

    Fri, February 08 2019

    Three in a row for QMS following 2019 “Gold Trusted Service” win

    2019 sees the third year in a row that QMS has earned the Feefo Gold Trusted Service award.

    Fri, February 01 2019

    What to expect in 2019

    A lot can happen in a year, from upgraded ISO Standards, to the UK’s exit from the EU and its subsequent changes to laws and regulations, here are just a few upcoming events to take note of for 2019.

    Mon, January 28 2019

    Does Brexit affect CE marking / BS EN 1090 and manufacturers

    With the UK’s exit from the EU drawing ever closer, how will companies using the current BS EN 1090 Standard and CE marking be affected?

    Fri, January 18 2019

    How will data protection rules change after Brexit?

    It seems like the UK’s exit from the EU is just around the corner, and there are still so many questions on what will change and how businesses will be affected.

    Tue, January 15 2019

    ISO 14001 versus ISO 50001 - What are the Differences?

    Businesses looking to become more environmentally responsible are turning to ISO 14001 certified Environmental Management Systems to help them with these aims. But there is a separate Standard, ISO 50001 Energy Management, which is causing confusion for businesses who are unsure

    Fri, January 11 2019

    Why Going Green is Good For Business

    When environmental issues first hit the headlines back in the late 1970s the concept of going green was alien to most businesses. Since then, the world has pulled together and created all kinds of initiatives and programs to help slow the effects of global warming.

    Fri, January 04 2019

    How the GDPR stole Christmas

    Since the GDPR came into force in May this year, there has been a lot of confusion and misconceptions surrounding the new regulations and how they apply to both businesses and individuals.

    Tue, December 18 2018

    How does ISO 45001 add value to a conventional Health & Safety program?

    Find out how businesses can improve their Health & Safety program by implementing an ISO 45001 Management System.

    Wed, December 12 2018

    5 Common Project Management Mistakes & How To Avoid Them

    What are the most common mistakes project managers make — and more importantly, how can you avoid them?

    Tue, December 04 2018

    5 Tips to get the most out of a Management Review

    A Management Review is a formal, structured meeting which involves top management and takes place at regular intervals throughout the year. They are a critical and required part of running an ISO certified Management System. Find out how you can run an effective Management Review

    Mon, November 26 2018

    Phase 2 of Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme imminent

    The second phase of ESOS is due to begin shortly and businesses who meet the qualification criteria will need to notify the Environmental Agency that they comply by the end of 2019. Find out if the scheme affects your business.

    Tue, November 13 2018

    5 Tips to get the most out of a Supplier Audit

    If you decide to carry out a Supplier Audit on the companies you work with, here are some practical tips to help you prepare, ensuring that you get the most out of the process.

    Fri, October 26 2018

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