Smart ISO solutions

Should you keep your ISO documents in the cloud or on paper?

Many organizations in today’s world implement and maintain various ISO standards (e.g., ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 27001, OHSAS 18001, etc.). To prove compliance with the standard, some organizations use paper-based documents (this is becoming more and more rare these days), some use a combination of electronic documents and paper-based documents (maybe the most common practice), and others rely solely on electronic documents (this is the trend, and will become standard in the near future). As information technology has paved…

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How to ensure engagement in ISO project implementation using online software

Keeping people engaged during an ISO implementation project can be hard – especially if the whole team is involved with other parallel assignments and lacks clear direction. It is on the project manager alone to keep them engaged, provide direction, and balance other known ISO implementation challenges at the same time: lack of understanding of the project steps, managing a huge set of rules, documentation, tasks, and communication, along with steering management decisions. Often, this balance is impossible to keep, so…

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How to save time using online ISO management tools

Today, we are obsessed with our time spent on work and at home. Time has become our most valuable resource – whether we are working on a project, or choosing a coffee vendor, we are very careful about how we invest it. Naturally, the ability to save time for the stuff that really matters has become a top priority, especially if it is tied to implementation of projects. When put into the perspective of an ISO implementation project, time is…

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How to save money using online ISO management tools

When introduced to the complexities of ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and ISO 27001 implementation projects, companies find out, too often, that it can become an organizational mess. Trying to balance a horde of emails, document versions, and a strict timeline by using emails, face-to-face meetings and conference calls can seem to be an impossible mission. The everyday reality reminds us that documents get lost, emails are hard to follow up on, and people get frustrated when they are not in…

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Streamline your document management process by setting up document workflow

It’s no secret that compliance with ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 27001, and other ISO standards comes with its own set of challenges. Huge sets of rules, followed by multiple documents you need to develop and manage are enough to intimidate anyone. Staying on top of the documentation can be difficult, especially if the whole team is involved with other parallel assignments and no clear direction. This often results in poor coordination while handling the documents, time lost, and a…

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What kind of Document Management System (DMS) do you need for handling ISO documents?

If you’re starting to implement ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 27001, or any other ISO management standard, one of the first concerns you probably have is how to handle the policies, procedures, and other documents you’ll produce. Should you use Dropbox? Or SharePoint? Or simply keep the files on local disk and deliver them through email? What do the ISO standards require of a DMS? Let’s see first what exactly you need to comply with – clause 7.5 (which specifies…

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