What Does ISO Stand For?

ISO means working together for standardization

Where Did the Name ISO Come From?

ISO is the anachronism for “International Organization for Standardization”. It is not the” International Standards Organization”. The anachronism would have been different in each country – IOS in English, OIN in French. To avoid any problems this would create the founders gave it a short, all-purpose name. They chose “ISO” from the Greek isos meaning “equal”. So whatever the country or language, the short form is always ISO.

What does the ISO do?

The International Organization for Standardization is the world’s largest developer and publisher of international standards. Did you ever wonder who came up the with standard size of a sea-tainer or a tablet of paper? It was the International Organization for Standardization. Most of the time we don’t think about standards, we just expect things to fit and to work well and safely. Standards are hidden given only noticed when absent. The International Organization for Standardization has more than 19,000 international standards. The International Standards provide a common technological language facilitating trade and the transfer of technology.

How Did ISO Get Started?

In 1946 delegates from 25 countries met and decided to create a new international organization with the objective “to facilitate the international coordination and unification of industrial standards”. It officially began operations February 23, 1947. It is not a governmental organization but a network of 163 countries, one member per country, with the central secretary in Geneva, Switzerland that coordinates the system.  Some the members are part of their government structure, others are from the private sector, usually from a national partnership of industry associations. Each member has one vote and all members are on equal footing. Standards are based on consensus among experts in the field and are periodically reviewed, usually every five years to see if they should be maintained, updated, or withdrawn. The standards are voluntary and market driven. There is no legal authority to enforce the implementation of the standards.

How Are ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 27001, ISO 26001 Different?

The majority of the standards are specific to a particular product, material or process. However ISO 9001 (Quality), ISO 14001 (Environmental management), ISO 27001 (information security) and ISO 26001 (social responsibility)are generic management system that can be implemented in any organization, no matter the size, product or sector.

If you would like to learn about how International Organization for Standardization is financed and new standards are selected for development go to http://www.iso.org/iso/about.htm


Cha-ching! Part 1 of Go Green, Save Green

Save penny, save a pound

This is going to be a running article to see how much we can save companies and
individuals, simply by changing habits. Technacon Company Inc. is looking for
your ideas to see what we can save the average person – and put more money
in the implementer’s pocket – Cha-ching. We want to help people go green and save green.

 Here are the rules for Go Green Save Green:

  1. No investment – In today’s economy making payroll is a struggle so the savings has to come from changing habits
  2. Calculate annual savings – To keep everything apples to
    apples, calculate the savings for a year. If the savings is for a single item,
    say a computer or a vehicle, note the savings for a single item and if you have
    a reliable source that gives the average number per company or household,
    reference the source and give the finally average savings.
  3. And the Winner Receives – The person that offers the most
    savings ideas will have their choice of a free signed copy of “The Dog
    Next Door and Other Stories of the Dogs We Love” http://www.amazon.com/Dog-Next-Door-Other-Stories/
    or “Dangerous Turn Ahead”http://www.amazon.com/Dangerous-Turn-Ahead/,
    the opportunity to guest blog at Technacon.com and a link to their website.

The first suggestion for go green save green was tweeted on Friday, September 9th:

If you turn off your company’s computers when they aren’t in use it you will save about $20 a year.

Here is the go green save green calculation:

Assume the average person pays $.11/KW

A computer in sleep mode uses 18 KWa year for $1.98

The average number of employees per business in the USA is 16 (see http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview/id/279843.html),
assuming 2/3 of these employees have their own computer in their work area
(10.56) The total is $20.91.

An alternative view can be found at
http://www.brighthub.com/environment/green-computing/articles/9351.aspx or http://dssw.co.uk/research/computer_energy_consumption.html#_Toc29375315

Here is a reference website used in this go green to save green calculation  http://www.energysavers.gov/pdfs/energy_savers.pdf

Sick of the Green Revolution

“If I have one more person tell me I need to make my company Green, I’m going to become politically incorrect.” This statement was made in a CEO round-table meeting and perfectly describes the frustration business owners feel. Sales are down, the economy is questionable and they are being pressured to make an investment because it is the “right thing to do”. The first priority is to stay in business and find a way to make payroll. Getting pressured to make what they perceive as unrealistic investments for a feel-good
moment is not something a wise business owner does.

Unfortunately, they couldn’t be more wrong.

The Start of the Green Revolution

In the early 1990’s, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) created the environmental standard ISO 14000 as a response to conservation initiatives from the 1970’s. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISO_14000.Unlike the more well known ISO 9000 Quality Standard, ISO 14000 was not required by most clients, for one simple reason, all cost benefits went to the implementer. ISO 9000 allowed clients to eliminate costly auditing staff, supplier audits and incoming inspection. There was a direct benefit to the
client to insist the supplier implement ISO 9000. The benefit for the implementation of ISO 14000 was indirect so many companies did not include it as a requirement to do business with them.

Why Aren’t Business Owners joining the Green Revolution

Suppliers had limited resources and meeting the customer requirements was the first priority. ISO 14000 got lost in the shuffle as few people had time to analyze the standard and realize the cost benefits.

How does ISO 14000 Relate to the Green Revolution?

The purpose of ISO 14000 standard is to create a continuous improvement process to reduce consumption and waste. If a company can make more product using less materials and energy, and has to pay less to process waste, the unit cost of producing their product is reduced. This gives the business owner the option of increasing profits or reducing price and increasing sales. Still business
owners did not see ISO 14000 as something they wanted to pursue. To make it more palatable to the average business owner, ISO 9000 and ISO 14000 have been gradually changing to make them so similar they can be implemented through thesame process and systems. Companies already meeting ISO 9000 will have little or no difficulty incorporating ISO 14000.

Frequently the barrier to implementing continuous improvement in reduced consumption and waste is a capital investment.http://technacon.com/… However, due to the Green Revolution significant grants are available to help
companies across this hurdle. Now is the time to embrace the Green Revolution, implement ISO 14000 and increase profitability. Joining the Green Revolution could make more business sense than it does today.

ISO 14000 – Green Grants for Business

ISO 14000 can bring in Green Grants for Business

ISO 14000

Endangered Species Recovering

Green seems to be the new buzzword, unfortunately overuse may do more harm than good and some of the frustration is spilling on ISO 14000. In the current economic climate business owners are looking for a balance between being a good environmental citizen and the bottom line.

They do not need to be beat over the head about their energy consumption or what their company generates. Business owners are people who are well aware of their responsibilities and the impact on themselves and their families. However they are also aware of the immediate impact on themselves and their employees if they go out of business trying to protect the environment.

One of the Benefits of ISO 14000 – Business Grants

The ultimate goal of ISO 14000 is to reduce the consumption of materials and energy, and reduce or eliminate the generation of pollution. If the company can make the same product with less materials and/or energy then there will be a positive impact on the bottom line. Therefore, the proper implementation of ISO 14000 ends up being a good business decision.

The first step in ISO 14000 is to benchmark current consumption. The second step is to identify how to reduce this consumption and/or carbon footprint. The third step is to implement this reduction. This is where companies can run into capital problems. It is not unusual for the requirement of a large influx of capital in order to make a positive change in the company’s environmental impact. Here are some sites to look at for grant information:




Business Grants to Go Green  – ISO 14000 Can Help

You may qualify for a grant of up to $5000 without first having to identify what your current consumption rate through Commonwealth Edison. Most of these grants deal with changing out to compact fluorescent lighting or the use of LEDs and exit signs. Check with on website www. AC TONENERGY.com for more details on these grants.

All other grants will require the company to identify their current consumption. This is where IS0 14000 becomes a benefit to the company. ISO 14000 implementation set up systems to that mark our current consumption and waste. This documentation gives a company an advantage when applying for grants. For this reason alone, ISO 14000 becomes a smart business decision as well as going green.