What are ISO standards?
ISO management system standards provide a model to follow when setting up and operating a management system. Like all our standards, they are the result of international, expert consensus and therefore offer the benefit of global management experience and good practice.
These standards can be applied to any organisation, large or small, whatever the product or service and regardless of the sector of activity.
Below we describe the most common ISO standards in use today
With more than a million organizations certified to ISO 9001, it’s the most widely recognized standard in the world. ISO 9001:2015 sets out requirements for quality management systems, and is suitable for all types of organizations.
- Enables you to better align and integrate multiple management standards
- Takes a risk-based approach, becoming a tool for preventive action
- Moves away from prescriptive paperwork
Developed with today’s complex marketplace in mind, ISO 14001:2015 provides an integrated approach to environmental management – putting sustainability at the heart of business.
- Better environmental management reduces waste and energy use
- Improve efficiency to cut the cost of running your business
- Demonstrate compliance to expand your business opportunities
- Meet legal obligations to win greater stakeholder and customer trust
- Prepare for the changing business landscape confidently
OHSAS 18001 sets out the minimum requirements for occupational health and safety management best practice. Bring work health and safety into your business and you can achieve the maximum return for your employees, your operations and your customers.
- Create the best possible working conditions across your organization
- Identify hazards and put in place controls to manage them
- Reduce workplace accidents and illness to cut related costs and downtime
- Engage and motivate staff with better, safer working conditions
- Demonstrate compliance to customers and suppliers
ISO 22000 is an internationally recognised standard designed to systematically ensure food safety at every link of the supply chain. ISO 22000 incorporates HACCP principles and is compatible with ISO 9001 quality management systems, making it the ideal basis for implementing a comprehensive, cost effective food safety management system.
- Achieve better customer satisfaction by consistently meeting customer requirements
- Reduce operating costs through continual improvement of processes and resulting operational efficiencies
- Improve stakeholder relationships, including staff, customers and suppliers
- Ensure legal compliance through internal audits and management reviews
- Improve risk management