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ISO AND ENERGY | GREAT THINGS HAPPEN WHEN THE WORLD AGREES 

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ISO is:  

  • An Independent, non-governmental organization 
  • A global network of national standards bodies with one-member per country
  • Create International Standards 
  • Coordinated by a Central Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland 
  • Are not-for-profit—Selling their standards allows them to finance their development in a neutral environment, maintain standards & make new ones 
  • Provides a platform for developing practical tools through common understanding and cooperation with all stakeholders. 

WHY DO WE NEED ISO STANDARDS FOR ENERGY?

Over 1.2 billion people around the world do not have access to electricity, yet world energy production is at its highest ever and is expected to increase by up to 30 % by 2030*. What’s more, the earth is warming at unprecedented rates, largely due to man-made greenhouse gases that are causing havoc to our climate. Increasing energy efficiency and the use of renewables is key to meeting the world’s energy demands while contributing to global targets to reduce carbon emissions.

Energy is the major contributor to climate change, making up 60% of total greenhouse gas emissions. 

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WHO BENEFITS FROM ISO STANDARDS FOR ENERGY? 

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WHAT ENERGY SECTORS DOES ISO COVER? 

ISO covers sectors which include:

  • Construction
  • Renewable energy
  • IT and household appliances
  • Transportation
  • Industrial products & processes
  • Power generation
  • Wind power
  • Hydrogen 

WHAT STANDARDS DOES ISO HAVE FORiso and energy at hercules slr ENERGY? 

Out of a total of over 22 000 International Standards, ISO has more than 200 related to energy efficiency and renewables, with many more in development.

Below is a selection of ISO’s standards for energy:

Carbon capture and storage

ISO has published a number of standards that facilitate the use of this innovative technology, which consists of extracting carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from large stationary sources and injecting them into a geologic storage formation for safe and secure disposal.

  • ISO/TC 265, Carbon dioxide capture, transportation and geological storage  

Energy management

In addition to ISO 50001 on energy management systems (see Box overleaf), our most widely used energy-related standard, ISO has developed standards on energy performance indicators, the measurement, analysis and verification of energy performance, as well as methodologies for the calculation of energy savings in projects, organizations and regions.

  • ISO/TC 301, Energy management and energy savings 

Environmental management

Alongside ISO 14001 for environmental management, ISO 14064 on the quantification and reporting of greenhouse gases and ISO 14025 on environmental labels and declarations are just some of the many standards that help organizations reduce their environmental impact through smarter energy usage.

  • ISO/TC 207, Environmental management 

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Buildings

Energy consumption in buildings accounts for over 20 % of total primary energy use worldwide 1), and up to 40 % in developed economies such as the United States and the EU 2), and it is on the rise. ISO has a number of standards that help make buildings more energy-efficient, covering everything from the design of the whole building to its individual parts. This includes the ISO 52000 family of standards, which takes a holistic approach to improving the energy performance of buildings. It contains a comprehensive method of assessing energy performance as the total primary energy used for heating, cooling, lighting, ventilation and domestic hot water of buildings, thus supporting new technologies and approaches to building design and management.

  • ISO/TC 163, Thermal performance and energy use in the built environment
  • ISO/TC 205, Building environment design

Information Technology

Standards that address the performance of information and communication technology (ICT) and household appliances are key players in reducing energy consumption. The new ISO/IEC 30134 series of standards, developed in conjunction with the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), aims to make ICT products more energy-efficient.

  • ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 39, Sustainability for and by information technology

Transportation

New technology is making inroads in reducing the energy consumption and polluting emissions of vehicles, but there is still a long way to go. ISO standards help pave the way for these technologies by providing useful tools to support their development. These include standards such as ISO 16923 and ISO 16924 for the design and operation of stations dispensing compressed and liquefied natural gas to vehicles, ISO 8714 for measuring the reference energy consumption of electric passenger cars, and ISO 23274 for measuring exhaust emissions and fuel consumption in hybrid vehicles. Other related documents feature ISO/TS 19880, a technical specification that recommends the minimum safety characteristics for hydrogen fuelling stations. In addition, the ISO 6469 series provides safety specifications for rechargeable energy storage systems for electric cars.

  • ISO/TC 22/SC 37, Electrically propelled vehicles
  • ISO/TC 197, Hydrogen technologies

Industrial products and processes

ISO has standards to increase the performance and effectiveness of machines and equipment, including refrigeration and air-conditioning systems, automation systems, industrial fans, air and gas cleaning equipment and more.

  • ISO/TC 115, Pumps
  • ISO/TC 117, Fans
  • ISO/TC 184, Automation systems and integration

Renewables

ISO has published over 50 standards for solar energy systems and biofuels, namely standards for performance ratings and test methods, solar heating, solar panels and solid biofuels. Future technical work will cover solar thermal collectors and the safety of solid biofuel pellets.

  • ISO/TC 180, Solar energy
  • ISO/TC 238, Solid biofuels

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ISO and Construction: Great Things Happen When the World Agrees

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ISO is the International Organization for Standards, and is responsible for creating consistent guidelines and specifications to ensure products and services meet rigorous guidelines– How do ISO and construction benefit each other? iso and construction

We’ve discussed what ISO means in the supply chain and we’ve debunked the myths – but what does it mean for the construction industry?  

WHY DO WE NEED ISO STANDARDS FOR CONSTRUCTION?  

The world’s rapid population growth and rampant urbanization have brought an increasing need for a high-quality, safe and sustainable built environment. In the world of building and construction, ISO standards help codify international best practice and technical requirements to ensure buildings and other structures (known as civil engineering works) are safe and fit for purpose.

Updated on a regular basis to account for climate, demographic and social changes, ISO’s standards for construction are developed with input from all stakeholders involved – this includes architects, designers, engineers, contractors, owners, product manufacturers, regulators, policy makers and consumers.

WHO BENEFITS FROM ISO STANDARDS FOR CONSTRUCTION?

INDUSTRY 

ISO standards help to make the construction industry more effective and efficient by establishing internationally agreed design and manufacturing specifications and processes. They cover virtually every part and process of the construction project, from the soil it stands on to the roof.

ISO standards also provide a platform for new technologies and innovations that help the industry respond to local and global challenges related to demographic evolution, natural disasters, climate change and more.

REGULATORS

Regulators can rely on best-practice test methods, processes and harmonized terminology that are constantly reviewed and improved, as a technical basis for regulation and policy related to construction.

CONSUMERS

ISO standards give consumers confidence in the construction industry, providing reassurance that buildings and related structures such as bridges are built to internationally agreed safety and quality standards. These help ensure that the buildings people live, work and study in are safe, comfortable and function as intended.

WHAT STANDARDS DOES ISO HAVE FOR CONSTRUCTION?

Of the more than 21 700* International Standards and related documents, ISO has over 1 100 related to buildings and construction, with many more in development. These cover :

 

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WHO DEVELOPS ISO STANDARDS? 

ISO standards are developed by groups of experts within technical committees (TCs). TCs are made up of representatives from industry, non-governmental organizations, governments and other stakeholders who are put forward by ISO’s members. Each TC deals with a different subject, such as buildings and civil engineering works or specific construction materials like cement or timber, often in close collaboration with other relevant international or intergovernmental organizations. As an example, ISO/TC 59, Buildings and civil engineering works, through its subcommittees and working groups, has published over 110 International Standards on aspects of quality and performance in the built environment. Visit our Website ISO.org to find out more about the standards developed in a particular sector by searching for the work of the relevant technical committee.

STRUCTURES

Ensures the components of structures are strong enough to withstand appropriate loads and everything fits together as it should is the objective of a number of ISO standards for construction. By establishing defined specifications and test methods, they help ensure structures are designed and built to agreed levels of quality.

  • ISO/TC 98, bases for design of structures, lays down the basic requirements for the design of structures. With standards focusing especially on terminology and symbols, loads and forces, it ensures constructions are built to last and can withstand outside forces such as extreme weather events and natural disasters.
  • ISO/TC 167, steel and aluminum structures, develops standards that specify requirements for the structural use of steel and aluminium alloys in the design, fabrication and erection of buildings and civil engineering works. Its scope of work includes materials, structural components and connections.
  • ISO/TC 165, timber structures, deals with the strength and load requirements of structural timber, while geotechnical analysis (interactions between soil and structure) is the focus of ISO/TC 182, Geotechnics. 

BUILDING MATERIALS AND PRODUCTS

Being able to count on reliable, quality materials is essential for the construction of safe and robust buildings. ISO has more than 100 standards related to the raw materials used in construction, such as concrete, cement, timber and glass. These include standards on terminology, testing procedures and the assessment of safety levels.

We also have over 500 standards on building products, such as doors and windows, wood-based panels, floor coverings, ceramic tiles and plastic pipes and fittings. These not only determine the correct dimensions and specifications to ensure products are manufactured to agreed quality levels, but also define test methods for assessing product safety and resistance to things like crushing or chemicals, so that they do not fail or deteriorate prematurely.

ENERGY PERFORMANCE AND SUSTAINABILITY

From insulation to energy-using products, improving the energy performance of buildings can make a significant contribution to climate-related targets. As a result, building regulations increasingly require energy-efficient designs and measures are put in place to help improve overall performance. 

  • ISO/TC 163, thermal performance and energy use in the built environment, has more than 130 standards providing guidelines and methods for the calculation of energy consumption in buildings, covering areas such as heating, lighting, ventilation and so forth. 

ISO’s energy standards portfolio includes the recently published series ISO 52000, Energy performance of buildings – Overarching EPB assessment, which defines methods to help architects, engineers and regulators assess the overall energy performance of new and existing buildings in a holistic way.

  • ISO/TC 205, building environment design, has a range of standards defining methods and processes for the design of new buildings and retrofit of existing buildings, to create acceptable indoor environments and practicable energy conservation and efficiency

ISO also produces standards that measure carbon emissions from buildings and structures – these include:

  • ISO 21930, sustainability in buildings and civil engineering works – cores rules for environmental product declarations of construction products & services, which establish good practices for environmental claims and communications in the construction sector. 

FIRE SAFETY & FIRE FIGHTING

Fires cause destruction and devastation, costing the lives and livelihoods of people. With the increased density of housing, protecting against fires and detecting fire risks have never been more important.

  • ISO/TC 21, equipment for fire protection and fire fighting, develops standards covering fire protection and fire-fighting apparatus and equipment, including fire extinguishers and fire and smoke detectors.
  • ISO/TC 92, fire safety, develops standards to assess fire risk to life & property, and mitigating such risks by determining the behaviour of construction materials and building structures. 
  • ISO 7240, fire detection and alarm systems, defines the specifications of fire detection and alarm system equipment used in and around buildings – including their testing and performance – in order to ensure they function effectively. 

INFORMATION MANAGEMENT IN CONSTRUCTION

Since most construction works are project-based, having documentation that is clearly understood by all stakeholders is essential to ensure each project is realized in a costeffective manner. Building information models (BIM) are shared digital representations of the physical and functional characteristics of any built object (including buildings, bridges and roads) and form a reliable basis for decision making. They also help protect against the loss of valuable information between stages and processes.

  • ISO TC 59/SC 13, ORGANIZATION OF INFORMATION ABOUT CONSTRUCTION WORKS, develops standards that define the common terms of reference and terminology used in BIMs, as well as requirements for the digital exchange of documentation and data. 

An example is:

  • ISO 16757-1, Data structures for electronic product catalogues for building services – Part 1 : Concepts, architecture and model 
  • ISO/TS 12911, Framework for building information modelling (BIM) guidance 

LIFTS AND ESCALATORS

Rising urbanization and denser populations mean buildings across the world are getting taller. Efficient lifts and escalators are thus essential to cope with the increased loads and access needs and must be operable in times of disaster, such as fire, to evacuate high-rise structures.

  • ISO/TC 178, lifts, escalators and moving walks, has over 50 standards, either published or in development, for all kinds of lifts. These cover requirements for everything from planning and installation to energy performance and safety. 

One prominent example is:

  • ISO/TS 18870, lifts/elevators – Requirements for lifts used to assist in building evacuation

DESIGN LIFE, DURABILITY AND SERVICE LIFE PLANNING

  • ISO/TC 59/SC 14, design life, develops standards that offer a methodology and guidance on how to plan the service life of buildings, including predicting costs and the frequency of maintenance and repairs over their life cycle. The ISO 15686 series on service life planning deals with a wide range of subjects in this area, such as performance audits and reviews, lifecycle assessment and maintenance and life-cycle costing. 

An example is: 

  • ISO 15686-5, buildings and constructed assets service life planning part 5: life-cycle costing, which helps track the cost performance over an asset’s lifespan.

ISO STANDARDS IMPROVE SAFETY, SUSTAINABILITY AND DURABILITY IN CONSTRUCTION

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ISO 9001: What does it mean in the Supply Chain?

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As someone who is involved in the selection of suppliers and, possibly, responsible for making purchasing decisions, you may have seen or used products and services that are promoted using reference to ISO 9001:2015, or, more simply, “ISO 9000”.

What does this mean? How does this help you? How can you be sure that your suppliers understand what you expect from them? Are you capable of consistently providing products and services that meet your needs and expectations? This text via ISO gives some answers to these questions, and will inform you about how you can get the most out of ISO 9001 as a supply chain tool.

ISO AND THE SUPPLY CHAIN: WHAT IS ISO 9001?

ISO 9001 is an International Standard that gives requirements for an organization’s quality management system (QMS). It is part of a family of standards published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and often referred to collectively as the “ISO 9000 series” or “ISO 9000 family”. 

For this reason, you may sometimes hear suppliers refer to being “ISO 9000 certified”, or having an “ ISO 9000-compliant QMS ”. This will normally mean that they are claiming to have a QMS that meets the requirements of ISO 9001, the only standard in the ISO 9000 family that can be used for the purpose of conformity assessment. It is important to understand, however, that ISO is the body that develops and publishes the standard – ISO does not “ certify ” organizations, as will be explained later in this text. The objective of ISO 9001 is to provide a set of requirements that, if effectively implemented, will give you confidence that your supplier can consistently provide products and services that:

  • Meet your needs and expectations 
  • Comply with applicable regulations 

ISO 9001 adopts a risk-based (“preventive”) approach to quality that covers a wide range of topics, including your supplier’s top management commitment to quality, its customer focus, the adequacy of its resources, employee competence, process management (for production, service delivery and relevant administrative and support processes), quality planning, design of the products and services it provides, review of incoming orders, purchasing, the appropriate monitoring and measurement of its processes, products and services needed to ensure conformity, its processes to resolve customer complaints, corrective actions, and a requirement to drive improvement.

Last but not least, there is a requirement for your supplier to monitor your perceptions about the quality of the products and services it provides to you. ISO 9001 does not define specific requirements for the products or services you purchase. It’s up to you to make your own needs and expectations clear to your supplier. You might, for example, refer to product or service specifications, drawings, national or international standards, supplier’s catalogues, or other documents as appropriate.

supply chain and iso at hercuels slrISO AND THE SUPPLY CHAIN: WHAT DOES “CONFORMITY TO ISO 9001” MEAN? 

This means that your supplier has established a systematic approach to quality management and is managing its business to ensure that your needs are clearly understood, agreed and fulfilled. A statement of conformity to ISO 9001 should not, however, be considered a substitute for a declaration or statement of product or service conformity.

ISO AND THE SUPPLY CHAIN: HOW DOES ISO 9001 HELP YOU SELECT A SUPPLIER?

ISO 9001 provides some requirements for the purchasing process that include you as the customer. These requirements address the following topics: 

  • Requirements for purchasing information that you should provide so suppliers’ clearly understand your needs. 
  • Any specific approvals that might be needed to confirm that the supplied products and services meet your requirements, and any monitoring or inspections that you might require at your supplier’s premises.

You have an important role to play to communicate to your supplier specifically what you actually want. You may need to consult with your own internal technical staff (the actual users) in this process. If you don’t do this, you might find that you receive a product or a service that meets all your stated requirements and the applicable regulatory requirements, but which is absolutely wrong for your intended application. So, first of all, you should concentrate on specifying your needs related to the intended use of the product or service.

To do this, consider: 

  • What is the specific product or service you are buying?
  • What impact does this have on your own business?
  • What are the risks to your business if you experience problems with this product or service?
  • How can you be sure that the product or service you receive will actually meet your requirements?
    • What do you know about the reputation and historical performance of your supplier?
    • What level of confidence do you need in your supplier’s ability to provide you with conforming products and services on a consistent basis?
    • If you decide that conformity to ISO 9001 is important (based on your assessment of the risks associated with the products and services you are buying), how can you be sure that your supplier does have a QMS that meets ISO 9001 requirements?
    • Are the products and services you require covered by your supplier’s QMS? (You may need to ask for a copy of your supplier’s actual certificate or declaration of conformity to find this out!)

ISO AND THE SUPPLY CHAIN: HOW CAN YOU HAVE CONFIDENCE YOUR SUPPLIER MEETS ISO 9001?

There are many ways that your supplier can claim it meets QMS ISO 9001 requirements. These include:

  • “Supplier’s declaration of conformity”: A declaration by your supplier itself affirming that its QMS meets ISO 9001 requirements, usually supported by legally binding signatures. This declaration can be based on your supplier’s internal audit system, or on second-party or third-party audits.
  • Second-party assessment: Your supplier has been assessed directly by its customer (for example by you, or by another customer whose reputation you respect) to check if its QMS meets ISO 9001 requirements and your own requirements – sometimes used in contractual “business-to-business ” transactions.
  • Third-party assessment (often known as certification or registration): Your supplier hires an impartial third party (a certification body or “registrar”) to conduct an assessment to verify conformity to ISO 9001 requirements. This third party will issue a certificate to your supplier that describes the scope of its QMS, and confirming that it conforms to ISO 9001.
  •  Additional confidence may come from the fact that some certification bodies (registrars) are accredited by nationally or internationally recognized accreditation bodies. These verify the certification body’s independence and competence to carry out the certification process. Many accreditation bodies have multilateral arrangements under the umbrella of the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) to promote worldwide mutual recognition in support of World Trade Organization (WTO) free trade principles. Figure 1 explains this in simpler terms.
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ISO AND THE SUPPLY CHAIN: CAN SUPPLIERS CLAIM THAT THEIR PRODUCTS OR SERVICES MEET ISO 9001?

No. ISO 9001 references indicates that the supplier has a quality management system that meets the requirements of ISO 9001. As mentioned earlier, this should provide you with confidence in your supplier’s ability to provide consistent, conforming products or services. ISO 9001 requires your supplier to monitor the levels of satisfaction of its customers (this includes you!), and to feed back this information in order to improve the effectiveness of its QMS.

ISO AND THE SUPPLY CHAIN: WHAT DO I DO IF THINGS GO WRONG?

In the event that you are not happy with specific products or services you receive, first, you should bring this to your supplier’s attention. You will typically do this via the normal technical and/or commercial communication channels that have been established. Your supplier is obliged to investigate your complaint and should take appropriate actions to avoid or reduce the chances of it happening again. If, however, you are dissatisfied with the overall performance of your supplier (if for example they continue to provide non-conforming products and services, do not address your complaints, or are not taking appropriate corrective action), then this is an indication of problems in their quality management system.

Depending on the responses you receive, you should be aware that you can escalate your complaint about the supply chain via the steps described below.

  1. If your supplier has a QMS that meets ISO 9001 requirements, they are required to have established communication channels for monitoring customer satisfaction, obtaining customer feedback and dealing with complaints. You should make a formal complaint using these channels.
  2. If you are still not satisfied with the response from your supplier, and if they are certified by an independent (third-party) certification body (registrar), you should bring the matter to the certification body’s attention. You can find the certification body’s name by looking at your supplier’s certificate. The certification body will investigate the problems during their surveillance audits of your supplier’s QMS, or, in critical cases, may decide to carry out an additional specific investigation.
  3. If you do not receive a satisfactory response from the certification body, and if it is accredited (see Figure 2), you should complain to the relevant accreditation body. Details of any such accreditation will appear on your supplier’s ISO 9001 certificate. 
  4. If you feel that you have not received a satisfactory response from the accreditation body about the supply chain, and if it’s a member of the International Accreditation Forum (see Figure 1), you can complain to the IAF (www.iaf.nu).

Remember that none of the above will affect your statutory rights as a purchaser and it may be appropriate to take legal action against your supplier instead of, or in parallel with, the above channels. The way in which you do this may vary from one country to another.

ISO AND THE SUPPLY CHAIN: SUMMARY

ISO 9001 is a useful basis for organizations to be able to demonstrate that they are managing their business to achieve consistent (good!) quality products and services. There are several ways in which your suppliers can claim conformity to ISO 9001, and you need to ensure that the method chosen by your supplier provides you with the necessary degree of confidence. If you are not satisfied with the performance of your supplier, you must provide them with the appropriate feedback. Learning from complaints helps organizations to improve their future performance – that is what ISO 9001 is about. Find more information on the ISO 9000 family on the ISO website. Various Canadian standards’ bodies are further sources of assistance. 

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Hercules SLR Certifications: ISO 9001—Debunking the Myths

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Hercules SLR is proud to have the ISO 9001:2015 certification—this means our quality management system is held to their international standards and helps us consistently provide products and services that meet our customers needs.

What is ISO 9001?

ISO 9001 is a standard that sets out the requirements for a quality management system. It helps businesses and organizations be more efficient and improve customer satisfaction.

Is it very complicated?iso-9001-certification-hercules-slr

No. ISO 9001 can seem difficult at first but the concepts behind the standard are simple. The seven quality management principles are a good place to start, and will be of great help when it comes to defining your quality management system. In addition, supporting information is available from your ISO member, the group of experts responsible for the standard and the ISO Website (www.iso.org).

Isn’t it an old document designed for the way businesses worked in the 1990s?

First published in 1987, ISO 9001 has been around for many years, but it is regularly updated to ensure that it remains relevant to today’s business environment. In its latest version, ISO 9001:2015 incorporates elements such as a stronger focus on stakeholders and the wider context of an organization to fit the evolving needs of modern business. The standard is designed to be flexible enough for use by different types of organizations. For this reason, it does not specify what the objectives relating to “ quality ” or “ meeting customer needs ” should be. Instead, it requires organizations to define these objectives themselves and continually improve their processes in order to reach them.

Isn’t it used only by big business?

No. The standard can be used by any organization, regardless of size or type. While small companies may not have staff dedicated to quality, they can still enjoy the benefits of implementing the standard. Tips for small businesses can be found in the publication ISO 9001 for small businesses. What to do, available from your ISO member or through the ISO Store.

Is it very expensive?

The standard itself is reasonably priced and can be purchased from the ISO member in your country or through the ISO Store.

Getting certified to the standard – which is not compulsory – will incur extra cost that can vary according to the certification body you choose and where you are based (ISO does not perform certification). Some companies may also decide to use an external consultant. This is not strictly necessary. but helpful advice can be found in supporting publications available from ISO and its members.

Isn’t it just for manufacturers?

No, the standard can be used by any organization, including service providers such as hospitals, banks or universities. In fact, the most recent version of the standard was specifically designed to be more accessible to organizations outside the manufacturing sector.

Will it help me increase my profits?

ISO 9001 can help bring financial benefits in a number of ways:

  • Using ISO 9001 can increase productivity and efficiency, thus lowering the costs of an organization.
  • Using ISO 9001 can improve customer experience, resulting in repeat business, increased sales and additional income for your business.
  • Getting certified to ISO 9001 can enhance your reputation, attracting new customers to your organization.

Does it mean lots of extra paperwork?

Not necessarily! The standard requires you to document a number of things but, actually, these are relatively limited. Its flexibility means that you’ll find a way to use it that fits your organization—without requiring unnecessary paperwork.

What benefits will it bring to my business or organization?

Implementing a quality management system will help you:

  • Assess the overall context of your organization to define who is affected by your work and what they expect from you. This will enable you to clearly state your objectives and identify new business opportunities.
  • Put your customers first, making sure you consistently meet their needs and enhance their satisfaction. This can lead to more repeat custom, new clients and increased business for your organization.
  • Work in a more efficient way as all your processes will be aligned and understood by everyone in the business or organization. This increases productivity and efficiency, bringing internal costs down.
  • Meet the necessary statutory and regulatory requirements.
  • Expand into new markets, as some sectors and clients require ISO 9001 before doing business.
  • Identify and address the risks associated with your organization.

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Hercules SLR is part of the Hercules Group of Companies which offers a unique portfolio of businesses nationally with locations from coast to coast. Our companies provide an extensive coverage of products and services that support the success of a wide range of business sectors across Canada including the energy, oil & gas, manufacturing, construction, aerospace, infrastructure, utilities, oil and gas, mining and marine industries.

Hercules Group of Companies is comprised of: Hercules SLRHercules Machining & Millwright ServicesSpartan Industrial MarineStellar Industrial Sales and Wire Rope Atlantic.