Category: People & Community

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 ...

The future of airports

Development of airport infrastructure has lagged behind travel growth. Traffic at some major airports is already exceeding planned capacity while other airports are starting to experience congestion. With airport infrastructure under massive pressure, preparation is crucial. To understand what this means, we reached out to several people across the industry. Here's what they had to ...

This is what happens when you reply to spam email – James Veitch

Suspicious emails: unclaimed insurance bonds, diamond-encrusted safe deposit boxes, close friends marooned in a foreign country. They pop up in our inboxes, and standard procedure is to delete on sight. But what happens when you reply? Follow along as writer and comedian James Veitch narrates a hilarious, months-long exchange with a spammer who offered to ...

ISOfocus flies high in the latest issue on aviation

Flying is more popular than it has ever been. Once seen as a luxury that only a privileged few could afford, air travel has become a genuine form of mass transport over the past few decades. According to a report from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), passenger numbers are likely to surge in the ...

New assessment of UK climate change risks published

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs has published ''The UK Climate Change Risk Assessment,'' a new report into the future threats that climate change could engender. UK Climate Change Risk Assessment 2017 recognises how the trend towards warmer winters, hotter summers and changing rainfall patterns is affecting communities across the UK and sets ...

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 ...

Robots and humans can work together with new ISO guidance

Human and robot system interaction in industrial settings is now possible thanks to ISO/TS 15066, a new ISO technical specification for collaborative robot system safety. Collaborative robotics is when automatically operated robot systems share the same workspace with humans. It therefore refers to a system or application rather than a particular type or brand of ...

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 ...

Dare to dream big: Empowering innovators with Standards

To create the innovations of today and tomorrow we have to work together, but first we need to understand each other. To exchange knowledge, to make things compatible, ISO Standards are the solid base, the common language that humanity can rely on.

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 ...

ISO publishes powerful new tool to combat bribery

A new business tool designed to fight bribery is now published. ISO 37001 is the first international anti-bribery management system standard designed to help organizations combat bribery risk in their own operations and throughout their global value chains. It has the potential to reduce corporate risk and costs related to bribery by providing a manageable ...