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ISO Standards – What Are They All About?

Am I the only one who doesn't understand ISO?

Do you wonder if you are the only one who breaks into a cold sweat when people mention ISO Certification?

Is it the ISO jargon that makes it seem terrifying? Or is it the fact that people seem to keep their ISO knowledge a closely guarded secret, making the world of ISO seem a no go zone?

We’ll let you in on a little secret.  You have actually been friends with ISO (International Organization for Standardization) and International Standards without even knowing.

In the words of ISO themselves “ISO was founded with the idea of answering a fundamental question: what's the best way of doing this?”

So, if we ask ourselves that question in relation to our own organisation, what would be our go to?  Consult our team, review our competitors, access industry information, Google it; all are ways of finding out ‘what’s the best way of doing this?’

But how do we consistently access that knowledge day in day out, month in month out, year in year out?

Never fear, ISO is here.

ISO is a body of 160 member countries with teams of experts representing business, industry, trade bodies, consumer associations, academics and government agencies who work together to develop a framework of good management practices known as International Standards.  

ISO has developed over 22,000 International Standards. Three of the best known are ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and the recently published ISO 45001, which aim to enable organisations to consistently deliver products and services that meet the customer’s and their own quality expectations as well as environmental and safety legal obligations and best practices. 

Irrespective of your organisation’s entity type, size or industry, the International Standards can be applied to your product or service. 

Interesting Fact for Consideration: 
ISO was founded in 1947 and the first International Standard was ISO 1: Standard Reference Temperature for Industrial Length Measurements 

So next time you fill up at the petrol station ask yourself “how do I know the bowser is dispensing the precise quantity of fuel it shows on the display?”

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