Policy Process Procedure: Get Your P’s Right!

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The terms ‘policy’, ‘process’ and ‘procedure’ might seem interchangeable but they are three distinctly different tools which can be used to support your organisation in different ways.   Where you find them referenced in management system standards, they are important in the way that they set the tone and intent of the clause, and therefore […]

Free GDPR Courses

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All organisations are required to comply with the General Data Protection Regulations. GDPR is a European regulation that came into force on 25thMay 2018.   All European countries are subject to it.  It is unlikely to change when the UK is no longer pat of the European union. The regulations are designed to protect individuals’ privacy […]

How to Handle Rainy Days & Snow Days

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Severe adverse weather conditions in the UK are uncommon but when they do occur it can seem as if the country comes to a stand still. But with improving internet access and an array of cloud services available, most service based businesses can continue to function with almost equal levels of productivity.   Here are […]

ISO 14001 Environmental Management for Employees

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ISO 14001 is an internationally recognised standard for managing an organisation’s environmental impact. Every organisation can more effectively manage their resources. Organisations operating to an ISO 14001 system will have processes, procedures and policies for minimising or eliminating negative environmental impacts. The management system focuses on the way the product or service is achieved rather […]

Aspects & Impacts and Energy Use in a Business

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In the first blog “Exploring the Role of Energy in an Environmental Management System” we started to discuss how energy management can be an integral part of an effective Environmental Management System. In this blog, we will focus on the part energy plays when determining your environmental aspects, specifically those that are significant to your […]

An Overview of the WEEE Regulations

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It’s hard to ignore how heavily we rely on technology today; both in our business and personal lives. The majority of us carry a tiny computer in our pockets through which we communicate (smart phones), have a portable computer of some description (let’s not argue over Apple or Microsoft), and even our TVs can do […]

Energy and the Environment: Exploring the Role of Energy in an Environmental Management System Introduction

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This series of blogs will help organisations in achieving and maintaining certification to ISO 14001 and ISO 27001. Assent Risk Management and AvISO Consultancy have joined forces to produce a series of blogs to investigate the role energy can play in helping to maximize the value of an Environmental Management System (EMS) whilst considering the […]

Workplace Wellbeing

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The HSE defines stress as ‘the adverse reaction people have to excessive pressures or other types of demand placed on them’. Employers have a responsibility to ensure that the tasks and the demands made of employees is realistic for the employee’s skills, knowledge and capabilities. Organisations should provide adequate training, and support can help employees […]

Lean and Agile Training

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Have you heard of Lean Working within your workplace? You may, like me, expect it to be a catchy acronym (L.E.A.N) although admittedly I couldn’t work out what it might stand for. However, the way I have come to understand it is by comparing it to “Lean Muscle”; ensuring minimal useless products (fat / wasted […]