Thursday, November 20, 2014

ISO 45001 First Draft Standard released!

The first draft of ISO/CD 45001 is out. A standard for occupational health and safety management systems, ISO 45001 is inspired by and set to replace OHSAS 18001. Although the overall aim remains unchanged, there are certain differences to be discussed and to anticipate. For one thing, like other recent ISO standards, ISO 45001 will be using the Annex SL process and structure, easing the use and integration of multiple ISO management system standards by a single organization.

Moving on to content, some of the major differences changes in 45001 are an increased focus on the context of an organization and a stronger role for the top management and leadership.
The context of an organization corresponds to looking at the organization in its environment, looking at its supply chain, and so on. This means that organizations cannot shift risk over to other entities. ISO 45001 also calls for the organization's management and leadership to integrate responsibility for health and safety issues as part of the organization's overall plan rather than shift responsibility to, for example, a safety manager.

Serving as a revision to OHSAS 18001, ISO 45001 also brings an expansion in reach with the inclusion of the collaborative input of more countries, organizations, and professionals. Furthermore, the ISO brand carries additional weight as the ISO Management System Standards are already well regarded across the globe.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Hardness Testing and Specifications

Ever wonder how the various hardness tests are conducted?

The Rockwell Hardness, Vickers Hardness, Brinell Hardness,  and Charpy Impact tests are shown on YouTube. A search of the ANSI standards webstore shows standards for each test and standards for materials, tools and supplies using the measures as a specification. Search hardness standards by keyword on the ANSI webstore. These standards find applicability in testing metals, plastics and ceramics. The various hardness tests involve application of pressure with different shaped probes.

ASTM E140-12be1 provides tables to convert from one scale to another:
Standard Hardness Conversion Tables for Metals Relationship Among Brinell Hardness, Vickers Hardness, Rockwell Hardness, Superficial Hardness, Knoop Hardness, Scleroscope Hardness, and Leeb Hardness.

Other standards provide guidance on calibration of reference blocks.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

ISO 14001 Draft International Standard out!

ISO 14001, Environmental Management Systems, is being revised in accordance to the 5 year review cycle of its publisher, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). For those currently using ISO 14001:2004 and its 2009 Corrigendum, this new revision will present some changes and there will be a three year transition period for current users to recertify in the new standard once it is released. Prior to its release, the revision process encourages input from those with relevant expertise and experience. If you would like to get involved, please contact ANSI regarding ISO 14001 ISO/TC (technical committee) 207/SC (subcommittee) 1. The final version of ISO 14001 is on schedule to be released by the end of 2015.

The key changes in ISO/DIS 14001 are summarized as follows:

  • An increased prioritization on environmental management as part of the organization's overall planning process allows the organization to act earlier and more effectively.
  • Similarly, assigning responsibilities to members of the organization's leadership aligns with the previous change by making sure that somebody is devoting attention to the matter.
  • Proactive initiatives to protect the environment are promoted, further feeding into the first change
  • A shift in emphasis from the improvement of the management system itself to the improvement of environmental performance.
  • Lifecycle consideration becomes an issue, with attention paid to sourcing, use, and end-of-life treatment or disposal.
  • Communication strategy development looks at both internal communication, with reliable information for updates and suggestions to be exchanged, and external communication, to the public or regulatory agencies.
  • Documentation changes address the progress of computer technology and the new options and opportunities allowed.
  • Annex SL is a new common structure shared by other ISO management standards, most notably the under-revision ISO/DIS 9001:2015, that seeks to align them to ease implementation of multiple management standards by a single organization.

ANSI is currently offering the current ISO 14001:2004 standard, the ISO 14001:2004/Cor1:2009 Corrigendum and the ISO/DIS 14001:2015 draft standard for sale in its webstore.

ANSI contact info for contributing to the development of ISO 14001:2015
TC 207/SC 1 -- Environmental management systems
TAG Administrator:
American Society for Quality
Julie Sharp
600 N Plankinton Ave
P O Box 3005
Milwaukee, WI 53201-3005
Phone: (414) 272-8575 X7647
ANSI Staff Contact: Karen Hughes
Phone: (212) 642-4992

Friday, May 2, 2014

ISO 9001:2015 The New Revision

UPDATE: The ANSI Webstore now offers the International Draft Standard, ISO/DIS 9001. See the changes in detail and help contribute to the process!

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is releasing a revision to one of the most popular and widely used standards, ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management Systems, next year in 2015. Currently undergoing the periodic review process that all ISO standards are subject to, ISO 9001:2015 will have several key changes both in itself and in relation to other standards. ISO 9001 is designed to be generic enough to apply to businesses of any size, in any industry, anywhere.

Key among the revisions is the switch to compliance with Annex SL, which molds the content of ISO 9001 and other related management system standards (MSS) with regard to a common structure, terms, and definitions. Essentially, Annex SL serves as a blueprint for MSS so that they can be combined and expanded upon while remaining compatible with each other without confusion.

Next, ISO 9001:2015 brings quality management into the central business outlook by taking advantage of leadership, company focus, senior managers, and complete integration into business practices. If those in charge of the company put quality management as a key priority, then that mentality (and resource allocation) will reverberate through the management hierarchy.

Finally, this revision will serve to bring ISO 9001 up to relevancy with regard to both challenges and opportunities that arise from changing technologies, globalization, and a reinforcement of a risk based approach, as well as structuring the standard to deal with future changes.

For those already familiar with ISO 9001:2008, here are the changes clause by clause:

Clause 4: Context of the Organization. This deals with the context of the organization, with a focus on senior management to understand the relationship between risk, challenges, and management systems.

Clause 4: Process Management. The determination of process risk and the allocation of responsibilities.

Clause 5: Leadership. This aims to align the company's direction with quality management, to look at risk identification, assessment, and management from multiple directions, especially from the senior management.

Clause 6: Product Conformity and Customer Satisfaction. This section shifts from preventive action to a focus on risk and opportunity that relate to product conformity and customer satisfaction.

Clause 7: Efficient Resource Management. Newly included continuous attention to customer needs and satisfaction.

Clause 8: Contingency Planning to improve customer communication. Additionally, assessment of design suitability before operations begin.

Clause 8: Controlling Outsourced Activities. The revision highlights the importance of efficient risk management of outsourced activities.

Clause 9: Stronger Measuring and Monitoring. These requirements flow into effective risk assessment and quality management.

Clause 10: Continual Improvement Internal Audits get a more structured approach.

Taken together, the changes to ISO 9001 for the 2015 edition bring it up to date with the modern world and give it and businesses the tools necessary to anticipate and deal with future changes from a risk-based perspective.

Monday, April 28, 2014

CSA Online Training Courses

CSA launched an online training program: B51-14 and B52-13 Update Online for Mechanical Engineers, Power/Stationary Engineers, Steam Engineers, Boiler Operators, Design Engineers/Technologists, Installers, Contractors & Fabricators and Inspection Agencies / Jurisdictional Authorities. The courses explain the new requirements and updates contained in the latest editions of CSA B51 Boiler, Pressure Vessel, and Pressure Piping Code and CSA B52 Mechanical Refrigeration Code. One course covers changes to B51-14 and B52-13 and the other, B51-14, addresses new Clauses 12 and 13.

CSA Group’s Learning Services currently offers over 40 products in 12 subject areas in an online format. The top 12 courses are as follows:

Fuels / Energy
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Health Care Tech
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Occupational Health Safety


Friday, April 4, 2014

LIA Releases the Revised ANSI Z136.1-2014 Standard

For the first time in seven years, the Laser Institute of America has revised the ANSI Z136.1-2014 standard. This standard guides the safe use of lasers and laser systems by defining control measures for each of seven laser hazard classifications.

Ben Rockwell, the chairman of ASC Z136 Standards Subcommittee 1, said, "There have been extensive changes to the ANSI Z136.1 standard with a focus on increasing usability. Significant increases in the MPE in the near-infrared will enable a plethora of new laser applications. Several sections were rewritten to reorganize, update and improve technical content to allow for easier access to information necessary for everyday laser safety implementation."

You can find out more information about the new ANSI Z136.1-2014:American National Standard for Safe Use of Lasers at the ANSI Webstore.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Learn About Online Engineering Master's Degree Program from NYU ePoly

Now's the best time to learn about online Master's Degree programs in engineering from NYU ePoly. Three upcoming webinars are scheduled Tuesday, March 25, April 3, April 29, 2014.

NYU-ePoly Graduate Online Learning Webinars (Eastern Time)
- 3:00pm Tuesday March 25, 2014
- 1:00pm Thursday, April 3, 2014
- 1:00pm Tuesday, April 29, 2014

ANSI full members will receive a 10% tuition rebate upon successful completion of any online course at NYU-Poly. This can lead to significant savings for members who are pursuing a master’s degree with an online course component. This discount is extended towards all company, government, organizational, and educational members. ANSI members and non-members who participate in a webinar for prospective students can also qualify for a graduate application fee waiver towards any online master's or certificate program at NYU-Poly.

Check this list of ANSI members. Is your company a member?