The Benefits of an ISO Consultant
What Services an ISO Consultant Can Offer Your Business?
Do you know the importance of having an experienced ISO consultant? In real terms, ISO consultant services help a business to save both money and time, thereby helping your organisation to gain an edge over the competition together with several other advantages to seek as well.
A fully implemented and embedded ISO management system, such as Quality, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety can be very helpful in improving your business’ prospects.
To achieve the full benefits of ISO Certification, a business should have the knowledge to implement the ISO in right manner. ISO Consultants offers a number of services.
What Services does an ISO Consultant Provide?
ISO consulting services benefited the most in terms of speed of implementation, effectiveness and payback. Let us check out some of these so that you can determine what selection of services would best suit your business:
ISO Standard Interpretation
The ISO management system standards can be a hard document to understand. It is written in quasi-legal language and points out requirements in very general terms. This is deliberately so, as it is meant to be applicable to all types of business activity. Quite a few companies have issues interpreting it to their business model. An experienced ISO consultant can help you apply the standard to your specific business processes.
ISO Gap Audit
Before applying the ISO standard to your business, you need to know what is missing between your existing business practices and controls relative to ISO standard. The ISO consultant will provide you with a detailed verification report that shows gaps in your company, along with their recommendations and action plan to achieve them.
ISO Project Planning and Organisation
Depending size and complexity of your business, your ISO project needs to be well-planned in terms of how much time and various resources are needed for specific activities to be carried out, training, dealing with problems, etc. An ISO consultant can be a valuable aid to help a business with this important activity
ISO System Development and Implementation
The main emphasis of the ISO standards is on effective planning, operation and control of all relevant management, business and operational system processes. This is probably the longest and most challenging part of any ISO implementation project. Here is where using external ISO consulting will significantly help in answering these questions, provide required focus and facilitate implementation.
ISO Management System Documentation
The latest ISO standards reduce the attention on documentation and maximises its attention on effective planning and control. Sufficient ISO documentation is however needed for many business processes in order to ensure consistent application of effective controls. An expert ISO consultant can help your business determine where it is needed, how much and how it should be documented.
ISO Consultancy services often offer a number of training alternatives. These include:
ISO staff awareness training to employees at all levels;
An executive overview of the ISO standard to top management;
Process identification, mapping, analysis and improvement;
ISO project management;
ISO documentation and implementation;
Use of problem-solving tools.
Develop and Maintain your ISO Internal Audit Program
To be certified and remain so, the ISO Standards requires your business to plan and conduct an internal audit program of its management system. These days, many businesses are short on resources, internal audit expertise and employee availability outsource the upkeep of their internal audit programs to ISO consulting firms.
ISO Continual Improvement Process
The ISO standards expects your management system to be dynamic and work towards continually improving the effectiveness and efficiency of your business and enhance your customer satisfaction. Many ISO consulting firms have diversified skills and experience in strategies and methods of continuous improvement.