The Value of Process Model for grasp on ISO sub-clauses

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Process Model for Policy Statement

A process model consists of addressing inputs, outputs, resources, controls with acceptance criteria and value-added. Such a model can be used very effectively to master interpretation of a given sub-clause of the ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 Standards.

This model is shown above to interpret above the requirements of ISO 9001:2008 sub-clause 5.3, ISO 14001/OHSAS 18001 sub-clause 4.2.  The inputs are summed as commitment to prevention of pollution/ill health-injury, commitments to meet customer requirements, commitment to meet applicable product statutory/ regulatory requirements/legal environmental/OHS requirements, business description and providing framework for setting objectives. The outputs are the approved written policy statement. The resources consist of appropriate top management personnel while the controls cover management review/management meetings. The value added by this process must be that the policy statement is suitable, appropriate, effective and dynamic for effective business performance.

The underlying benefits of this approach are that it

  • triggers the development of policies and subsequent procedures totally conformant with applicable standard such as ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 and
  • enables an organization for overall process management that is effective, due-diligent and efficient.
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