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ISO 14001:2015 is applicable to any organization that wishes to establish, implement, maintain and improve an environmental management system, to assure itself of conformi


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CE marking deadline for Structural Steelwork Manufacturers is end June 2018!
Any manufacturer involved in fabricating structural steelwork, no matter how large or small the components are, will have to CE mark these products by 1st July 2018 if they are being sold within the European Union (EU). This relates to fabricated elements including systems made from CE Marked steel components used in projects such as bridges, buildings and highway construction.

The scope of this standard is wide ranging and covers structural steel and aluminium components. These components can be made from hot-rolled or cold-formed products. They may be sections or profiles with various shapes, flat products, bars, castings, forgings, unprotected or protected against corrosion by coating, welded or non-welded.

Non-compliance is not an option and it will be illegal after 1st July 2018 to sell any fabricated structural steelwork products within the EU without CE marking.

The harmonised standard covering structural steelwork is BS EN 1090-1 and it is the manufacturer's responsibility to issue a declaration that any products covered by this harmonised standard meet the minimum safety requirements outlined therein. This can be found in annex ZA of the standard.

An additional requirement is that a Factory Production Control system (FPC) must be put in place by the manufacturer and the system needs to be certified by a Notified Body such as the BBA.

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Data center association AFCOM reported on 13 Sep 2011 that more than 15 percent of data centers have no plan for business continuity or disaster recovery. According to the report, its objective is to help data center managers define and develop effective plans for their areas of responsibility within the data center. Two-thirds of data centers have no plan or procedures to deal with cybercrime.

The report says that many data center providers do not regard business continuity and disaster recovery separately despite each aspect requires its own plan. AFCOM defines a disaster as "an unexpected event that causes significant disruption to mission critical or core business services or functions."

The report also urges companies to take all risks seriously, and to have an action plan for every risk, no matter the likelihood of the event happening.

AFCOM says a key component of the disaster recovery plan is to understand how critical infrastructure and systems would be replaced in the event of damage. This, according to the report, requires detailed planning with key vendors or holding spares at different locations, for example. The report says 50 percent of data centers have no formal plan for replacing damaged equipment after a disaster.



ISO 14001 not necessarily reduce Industry Pollution

Companies with environmental standard ISO 14001 certification may emit just as much air pollution as non-certified companies, according to a recent study. The results suggest companies see ISO 14001 as a way to appear environmentally responsible rather than to actively improve their environmental credentials.

ISO 14001 is a globally recognised and popular environmental standard. The standard was created in 1996 to help companies create their own environmental management system and performance measures to reduce their impact on the environment. It can also help companies meet regulatory requirements and save costs by streamlining processes and reducing waste.

ISO 14001 has been criticised for not specifying clear mechanisms or targets to encourage companies to reduce the pollution they create. In addition, little work has been done to demonstrate the actual effect of ISO 14001 certification on an organisation's environmental performance.

However, the researchers caution that the sample they studied only includes those industries that are covered by Spain's IPPC Law and included on the Pollutant Release and Transfer Register. Further work is required to establish whether the measure of atmospheric pollutants they used is adequate to assess the effect of ISO 14001 certification.



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