Networking next week

Next week I am booked into 3 networking events; Tuesday 4N Hagley, Thursday WNBH Kidderminster and Friday 4N Ross all of which offer great opportunities to meet potential new clients as well as opportunities to touch base with existing clients.

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LATEST ISO9001 AUDIT

My client in Newtown, Powys, who manufactures and sells fire safety doors and associated products for the construction industry, is going for ISO9001 2008 accreditation with a UKAS registered company, BM TRADA. The client needs to follow this up with CE Marking approval and FSC registration. Yesterday was the Stage 1 Document review for ISO9001 which resulted in no non conformances and no observations. The client has been reccommended for the Stage 2 audit which is fixed for early November. This was the first time I had helped a client who chose to use BM TRADA as the external auditing body. I was very impressed with the general approach to the audit by the external auditor and the way he dealt with the client’s technical manager, who was rather nervous about the audit.

4 NETWORKING BENEFITS

S ince joining 4 Networking last year I have had a number of successful referrals. I regularly support the networking Groups at Hagley, Worcester and Ross. I also use 4 Networking meetings for breakfast networking at other locations before going to appointments with clients in those places.

waste regulations presentation

attached are my notes for the presentation I gave to the Worcester Business Breakfast club this morning at the Fownes Hotel

PACKAGING REGULATIONS
BUSINESSES MUST COMPLY WITH THESE REGULATIONS IF

1; THEY PRODUCE PACKAGED PRODUCTS OR

2; THEY DESIGN OR SPECIFY PACKAGING OR

3; THEY IMPORT PACKAGED GOODS OR

4; THEY SELL PACKAGED GOODS

REGULATIONS APPLY REGARDLESS OF QUANTITIES PRODUCED OR HANDLED HOWEVER;-
IF A BUSINESS PRODUCES OR SELLS PRODUCT WHICH RESULTS IN MORE THAN 50 TONNES OF PACKAGING WASTE PER YEAR OR IT HAS A TURNOVER OF MORE THAN £2MILLION THEN THE COMPANY HAS TO COMPLY WITH THE PRODUCER OBLIGATIONS

THEN THE COMPANY IS REQUIRED TO KEEP RECORDS OF CONSIGNMENT NOTES FOR THE WASTE PACKAGING FOR A MINIMUM OF 3 YEARS

ONLY APPROVED AND REGISTERED WASTE CARRIERS AND DISPOSAL COMPANIES CAN BE USED TO TAKE THE WASTE PACKAGING AND THE CONSIGNMENT NOTE MUST STATE DETAILS OF THE SITE THAT THE WASTE HAS BEEN TAKEN TO.

WASTE ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT REGULATIONS (WEEE REGULATIONS)
THESE REGULATIONS COVER THE RECYCLING, REUSE AND DISPOSAL OF ALL WASTE ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT.

SUPPLIERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR TAKING THIS WASTE BACK AND THEY ALSO HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR DESIGNING PRODUCTS SO THEY CAN BE RECYCLABLE.
UNDER THE WASTE REGULATIONS 2011 THESE COMPANIES HAVE TO DEMONSTRATE THAT THEY HAVE CHECKED OUT WHETHER PRODUCTS CAN BE REUSED OR RECYCLED BEFORE THEY SEND THEM TO REGISTERED SITES FOR DISPOSAL.

FOR BUSINESSES AND PRIVATE INDIVIDUALS, WHO ARE DISPOSING OF EQUIPMENT WHICH PREDATES THE LEGISLATION THEY ARE REQUIRED TO DISPOSE OF THE EQUIPMENT AT A REGISTERED SITE AND MOST LOCAL AUTHORITY DISPOSAL SITES NOW HAVE FACILITIES TO DEAL WITH THESE TYPES OF EQUIPMENT.

GROUND WATER REGULATIONS
THESE COVER THE CONTROL OF HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES (SUCH AS WASTE OILS, PESTICIDES AND FUNGICIDES) CONTAMINATING THE GROUNDWATER AS A RESULT OF GETTING INTO THE SURFACE DRAINS.

COMPANIES ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE ACCESS TO PLANS OF THE SITE DRAINAGE AND ALSO TO HAVE IN PLACE ADEQUATE ARRANGEMENTS FOR CONTROL OF ACCIDENTAL SPILLAGES OF HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES.

OZONE DEPLETING SUBSTANCES REGULATIONS (ODS)THESE REGULATIONS CONCERN THE CONTROL OF REFRIGERANTS IN FREEZERS, FRIDGES AND AIR CONDITIONING EQUIPMENT. ONLY PEOPLE QUALIFIED TO REPLACE REFRIGERANTS ARE PERMITTED TO EMPTY, REPLACE OR REFILL THE REFRIGERANT IN THESE TYPES OF EQUIPMENT.
THIS INCLUDES AIR CONDITIONING EQUIPMENT ON ALL TYPES OF VEHICLES.

POLLUTION PREVENTION REGULATIONS
BASICALLY THESE REGULATIONS COVER ALL FORMS OF POLLUTION
WHICH INCLUDE;-
AIR POLLUTION
WATER POLLUTION
LAND CONTAMINATION
NOISE POLLUTION
LIGHT POLLUTION
IN THE LATTER 2 CASES COMPANIES HOURS OF WORK CAN BE RESTRICTED BY LOCAL AUTHORITIES TO SUCH LIMITS AS 7AM TO 10 30PM.
CONTROL LIMITS OF SPECIFIED POLLUTANTS FOR AIR, WATER AND LAND HAVE TO BE ADHERED TO AND DISCHARGES ABOVE THOSE LIMITS COULD EASILY RESULT IN PROSECUTION.

update on last week and my programme for next week

This week I will be working on producing Quality Manuals and Operating Procedures for 2 new clients. In addition I will be taking part in two breakfast networking events on Wednesday and Thursday at the Fownes Hotel and the Three Pears both in Worcester.
Last week my client in Hereford, Mediterranean Linens, had their annual surveillance visit from an external auditor for AJA. The day went well with only 3 reported Observations and no non compliances.
It is interesting to note that over the last few months all my new enquiries have been for me to quote clients for putting in systems to meet the requirements for ISO9001 2008. I have had no enquiries for ISO14001 either as a set of stand alone Procedures or in conjunction with the ISO9001 systems.