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Death By a Thousand Nonconformities?

24 Feb 2023 Posted by Oscar Combs in Blog, Home Page
Introduction Lingchi, was a torture technique used in China in the 1800’s and ended in the early 1900’s, that involved making small slices into a person’s body over an extended amount of time, until the person eventually bled out and died.  Lingchi was a slow,...

What Are ISO Standards?

09 Jan 2023 Posted by Christina Gamache in Blog, Home Page
Introduction ISO standards are as varied as they are far-reaching and cover a variety of areas. You may be asking yourself, "What are the different ISO standards, and why are ISO standards so important?" No matter your job or industry, it's likely that you have...

What is Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG)?

05 Jan 2023 Posted by Oscar Combs in Blog, Home Page
Introduction Over the past 5 years, the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) movement has become more prevalent. The concept was first introduced in 2004 by the United Nations (UN) under the framework of “Corporate Social Responsibility”. Corporate Social Responsibility has transitioned to ESG and has...

ISO 27001:2022 – What are the Main Changes?

15 Dec 2022 Posted by Christina Gamache in Blog, Home Page
Introduction to ISO 27001:2022 Changes New innovations and networks of communication for exchanging data assets present new security risks. For the first time since 2013, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has issued a new edition of the ISO 27001 Information Security Management System standard....

Training Versus Competency

07 Dec 2022 Posted by Oscar Combs in Blog, Home Page

One question we often get from clients is, “What is the difference in training and competency?” Many organizations confuse training with employees being competent. Training is a tool to achieve competency, but training does not mean someone is competent. In this article we will discuss the differences between training and competency and provide some guidance on how to achieve competency.

The ISO 50001 Energy Management System Overview

11 Nov 2022 Posted by Christina Gamache in Blog, Company News
For organizations and businesses committed to addressing their impact, conserving resources and improving the bottom line there is the ISO 50001 Energy Management System (EnMS) Standard. No matter the size or industry this ISO standard provides a practical way to improve energy use, through the...

Complimentary Webinar | ISO 14001 Environmental Aspects and Impacts

11 Nov 2022 Posted by Oscar Combs in Blog, Company News, Home Page
The ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management System standard requires organizations to determine their environmental aspects and impacts of their operations. Many organizations struggle with assessing their environmental aspects and impacts. Some organizations don’t even think there are environmental aspects and impacts to their operations. Every organization...

Consultant Versus Consulting Company

19 May 2022 Posted by Intern Combs in Blog, Home Page
Introduction Many businesses hire consultants  to strengthen their business. In pursuit of finding a quality consultant many businesses often make the mistake of hiring an independent consultant who is an individual person who provides limited consulting services , instead of hiring a consulting company which ...

Are Auditor’s Recommendations Requirements?

12 Oct 2021 Posted by Oscar Combs in Blog, Home Page, Videos
Many certification body auditors that audit quality, health, safety and environmental management system standards such as, ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 45001, ISO 27001, ISO 17025, API Spec Q1, and many other standards often come into organizations and present their recommendations as requirements. An organization...

Management System Tip: Assigning Document Control Numbers

28 Jul 2021 Posted by Oscar Combs in Blog, Videos
Controlled documents are crucial to executing daily tasks and activities. Clear document control numbers ensure that employees are utilizing the latest documents, procedures or form templates. Oscar Combs, President of The ISO 9001 Group, provides guidance on assigning clear document control numbers. Contact us to...

Improve Cybersecurity and Reduce Cyber Threats

28 May 2021 Posted by Oscar Combs in Blog, Home Page
Introduction In December 2020, a highly sophisticated cyberattack was discovered on commercial software developed by IT company SolarWinds. This global attack affected multiple federal agencies and technology contractors. By inserting a backdoor into the software, malicious actors were able to infiltrate SolarWinds' supply chain. Attackers...

Client Case Study: Protect Data and Profitability with an ISO 9001 and ISO 27001 Integrated Management System (IMS)

30 Apr 2021 Posted by Oscar Combs in Blog, Home Page
Overview Secure and resilient systems are needed to protect an organization’s processes, data and daily operations. However, safeguarding an organization against cybersecurity threats, such as data breaches and ransomware, can be difficult. A combination of multiple systems and people is often needed to achieve effective...