Category: Health & Safety

Enhancing traceability with a new ISO project committee

How do you know that your bottle of champagne is the real McCoy? That your boots were really made in Italy or that your milk is indeed pasteurized? Traceability – known as chain of custody – is important for ensuring the authenticity, and therefore the quality and safety, of virtually every product imaginable. A new ...

Practical tools for addressing climate change

An overview of some of the ways in which ISO standards help organizations address climate change. Year of publication: 2015 Edition: 2 Download

Pharma sector gets new ISO tool for drug identification

Up until now, there was no means of identifying medical substances on a global basis. This led to numerous challenges when adverse reactions to medicinal products were reported in one country and had to be interpreted by others. Greater co-ordination among drug regulatory authorities and increased transparency in reporting suspected adverse drug reactions was needed ...

Safe and sane at work

Combating workplace stress is the theme of World Day for Safety and Health at Work – and ISO standards can help. Whether it be burn-out or bore-out, work-related stress is a significant societal issue. Greater expectations, increased competition and rapid changes in technology and trends place pressure on employees to worker harder and longer – ...

Facebook adds tools for finding or giving help after local disasters

Facebook is ramping up its efforts to become a disaster and crisis response tool. Facebook's users often connect on the social network to seek relief and provide support during times of crisis. Now, the company is updating its Safety Check feature to make it easier for people to find or give help such as food, ...

INTERPOL and Council of Europe experts meet to discuss major event security

A meeting between the Council of Europe's Secretariat of Sport Conventions and INTERPOL's Project Stadia provided an opportunity to review security issues connected to major public events. Areas of discussion at INTERPOL's General Secretariat headquarters focused on cooperation between both organizations on safeguarding major sports and other public events, best practices to mitigate potential threats, ...

Key Business Continuity lessons from 2016 South Australia disaster

An independent report into the September 2016 weather event in South Australia, which resulted in a wide-area power outage, has been published. Led by former Police Commissioner Gary Burns the report examines the adequacy of the State's disaster preparedness and response to the event and contains 62 recommendations. The report identifies that the ''management of ...

Flood Resilience Guide for UK businesses published

The Know Your Flood Risk campaign has launched a new 'Guide to Flood Resilience' for businesses, developed by two former flood victims, Mary Dhonau OBE and Carly Rose. The supplement provides practical guidance on steps all UK businesses can take to make their premises flood resilient. Download a free copy of the A Business Guide ...

New research may explain the reduction in landfalling hurricanes in the US East Coast region

During periods of greater Atlantic hurricane activity, a protective barrier of vertical wind shear and cooler ocean temperatures forms along the US East Coast, weakening storms as they approach land, according to a new study by NCEI scientist, Jim Kossin. In his paper, "Hurricane Intensification along United States Coast Suppressed during Active Hurricane Periods", published ...

Professional sports leagues have disaster plans in place

Every industry needs Plan "B". In this era, most major sport organizations, leagues and teams have crisis management and communications plans in place for specific crises, which they must execute quickly. It shouldn't be the second - or even third thought - when it comes to tragedies like the one that befell the Brazilian soccer ...

ISO’s two-step solution to improving sanitation for 2.4 billion people

Many of us take toilets for granted, yet as many as one in three people are struggling because they lack access to one. This can lead to poor health, absenteeism from work and school, lack of privacy and safety, reduced concentration and exhaustion. In fact, loss of productivity from poor sanitation and hygiene is estimated ...

Humanity Road is looking for volunteers

Humanity Road Volunteer Opportunities Humanity Road delivers disaster preparedness and response information to the global mobile public before, during, and after a disaster. Providing aid information helps individuals survive, sustain, and reunite with each other and with their pets. Humanity Road strives to close the disaster communications gap through process improvement, collaboration, partnerships, education and ...