ISO standards help develop new toilet technology that will save millions of lives

New ISO International Standard for revolutionary sanitation systems launched at the Reinvented Toilet Expo, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, held in Beijing today.

“International Standards are key to the progression of new sanitation technology and developing an industry that saves lives,” said ISO Secretary-General Sergio Mujica at the Reinvented Toilet Expo held today in Beijing, China. Mujica was speaking on a high-level panel as part of the opening plenary that featured Bill Gates, Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Dr Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank, as well as other leading representatives from industry and government.

The panel, which is part of the three-day Reinvented Toilet Expo summit, discussed commitments to non-sewered sanitation and actions required to develop the industry, including standardization. Reinvented toilet technology is all about stand-alone sanitation systems that safely treat waste without the need to be connected to a traditional sewerage system. It is designed to revolutionize the lives of billions of people around the world who lack sufficient clean sanitation systems, saving lives and improving well-being.

Keynote speaker Bill Gates said: “This expo showcases, for the first time, radically new and pilot-tested approaches to sanitation that will provide effective alternatives for collecting, managing and treating human waste. The technologies you’ll see here are the most significant advances in sanitation in nearly two hundred years.”

This technology can be supported and further developed with the launch of the world’s first dedicated International Standard. ISO 30500Non-sewered sanitation systems – Prefabricated integrated treatment units – General safety and performance requirements for design and testing, provides safety and performance requirements that will not only enable their effective manufacture, but the development of the sector as a whole.

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By Clare Naden

 

 

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[BSJ] Caribbean Regional Standards for 30-days non-objection

The following standards are being issued for thirty (30) days non-objection commencing 08 October 2018 to 06 November 2018. 

1.      CRS 32 Processed Foods – Pasta products – Specification

2.      CRS 42 Processed Foods – Ketchup

3.      CRS 53 Carbonated beverages – Specification

4.      CRS 61 Soap bars – Specification

Copies of these standards are available for viewing at the Bureau’s Main Office and four Regional Offices (Mandeville, Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, and Savanna-La-Mar).

BSJ and NCRA order recall of Fire-Hazard Fans

The Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ) / National Compliance and Regulatory Authority (NCRA) are issuing an immediate recall of all 18″ standing fans, with the brand name VideoCon bearing the model number: VC-1881PP, which were imported by VideoCon Trading Limited located at 65-67 Orange Street, Kingston. While undergoing abnormal operation and overload tests in the BSJ laboratory, the fan motors burnt in both situations. 

Persons who have purchased the VideoCon brand of fans are being advised to check for model number: VC-1881PP and any person in possession of any of these fans are advised to stop using them immediately and return same to the point of purchase, as these are a safety hazard.

Consumers with queries may contact the BSJ between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. by calling 876-618-1534, 876-632-4275, or 876-926-3140, or by email at info@bsj.org.jm.

ISO 50001:2018 – Energy Management Systems

What is this standard about?

ISO 50001 helps organizations use energy more efficiently and integrate better energy management into business strategy.  It does this by outlining how to implement and maintain an energy management system (EnMS) that continually improves the organization’s energy performance and saves money.

Who is this standard for?

It’s for use by any organization, regardless of its type, size, complexity, geographical location, organizational culture or the products and services it provides. Specifically, the standard will be used by:

  • Any organization wanting to improve energy management to reduce costs and carbon emissions
  • Any organization wishing to implement an energy management system
  • Those who want to develop a deeper understanding of internationally recognized best practice for energy management
  • Users of ISO 14001 who would like to develop their energy management systems

Why should you use this standard?

Implementing an EnMS provides a systematic approach necessary to continually improve energy performance. Once in place, an EnMS enables an organization to set and achieve objectives and energy targets, take action to improve its energy performance and benefit from efficiency and costs savings as a result.

It will help organizations to reduce energy costs, grow more sustainably, become more resilient and comply with legislation.The standard:

  • Applies to activities affecting energy performance that are managed and controlled by the organization
  • Applies irrespective of the quantity, use, or types of energy consumed
  • Requires demonstration of continual energy performance improvement but does not define levels of energy performance improvement to be achieved
  • Can be used independently, or be aligned or integrated with other management systems

What’s changed since the last update?

This revision incorporates ISO’s new high-level structure (HLS) of terms, definitions and headings, thus bringing the 2018 standard into line with the other key management systems standards. It makes this version compatible and easier to integrate with ISO 9001 and ISO 14001, which are now also in the ‘HLS’ format.

Other key changes and benefits include:

  • A stronger emphasis on the responsibility of leadership
  • Clarification of key concepts related to energy performance
  • Improved sections on data collection and normalization
  • Additional minor revisions reflecting seven years of using the standard in the real world

ISO 50001 Guide

This free guide is aimed at decision-makers and senior managers.  It outlines key aspects of the energy management standard and how it can benefit your organization and help transform how you manage energy. Get free download.

 

For more information contact the International Organization for Standardization.  If you are in Jamaica you may visit the Bureau of Standards Jamaica.  If you are in England, please contact the British Standards Institute.

The BSJ Launches Online Learning Platform!

The Online Learning Platform of the Bureau of Standards Jamaica is nearing its completion, with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) Training set to be the first course offered on this new platform. The move by the organization to offer online training will be followed shortly by the BSJ’s E-Commerce website, for purchasing standards.

After GMP Online, the following courses are expected to follow suit:

  • HACCP Training
  • Understanding & Interpreting ISO 9001:2015
  • Quality Management System
  • Food Safety Management System
  • Occupational Health & Safety Management System
  • Foundation ISO 18001 – Occupational Health and Safety

The platform will give greater freedom to the customer, who would have the opportunity to be a part of these training programmes at their own convenience. It is surely a major breakthrough for the Bureau of Standards Jamaica, as we look to give our customers and prospective customers the tools to achieve excellence.

 

 

Announcing the 3rd Edition of WRITIVITY

The National Gallery of Jamaica (NGJ) is pleased to announce the staging of the fourth edition of its educational workshop, WRITIVITY, which begins on Monday, August 13 and will continue until Friday, August 17, 2018. Inaugurated in 2015, the WRITIVITY workshop is designed for Grade 10 – 11 students, who are preparing to sit Visual Arts examinations for the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC). The workshop is coordinated by NGJ’s Education Department and forms part of the gallery’s summer educational programming. The main goal of WRITIVITY is to assist students with the development of their visual arts reflective journal, which is a key component of CSEC’s School-Based Assessment (SBA) submission. By participating in this programme, students will be taught how to properly prepare entries for the journal, analyze art pieces and conduct art-related research, within sessions that utilize the NGJ’s art collection and document resources.

Registration for the WRITIVITY programme is free and there is also limited space for participants, as such interested persons should make contact with the National Gallery’s Education Department as soon as is possible via the following telephone numbers: 876 922 – 1561/3 (Lime landline), or 876 618 – 0654/ 5 (Digicel fixed line).

All activities for WRITIVITY will be held at the National Gallery of Jamaica from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

A link to the WRITIVITY Time Table can be accessed here.

ISO and Climate Change

There has been a fierce debate on the climate issue for a long time, and doubts have been raised about the human impact on the earth’s climate, as well as what this might mean. However, even at the highest political level in some of the most powerful countries, the case to disregard human impact on climate change is slowly disintegrating.

The world is slowly getting to where it wants to be, where a blanket understanding of climate change is concerned. There is also a gradual acceptance that the consequences of climate change have now joined war as the major perceived threats of the future; these two areas are also inextricably linked.

While several countries look to solve the challenges faced, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) accepts that this cannot happen without collaboration. The climate has no borders, and neither does ISO. One example of the work the ISO has done is the development of the ISO 14080 on greenhouse gas management, which is designed to be an umbrella standard for all types of organizations that develop and identify methods for analyzing needs and implementing climate actions.

To read more about what the ISO is doing about climate change, read here.

 

 

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ISO 22000:2018 Food Safety Out Now!

Food safety is about the prevention, elimination, and control of foodborne hazards, from the site of production to the point of consumption. Since food safety hazards may be introduced at any stage of the process, every company in the food supply chain must exercise adequate hazard controls. In fact, food safety can only be maintained through the combined efforts of all parties: governments, producers, retailers and end consumers.

Aimed at all organizations in the food and feed industries, regardless of size or sector, ISO 22000:2018Food safety management systems – Requirements for any organization in the food chain, translates food safety management into a continuously improving process.

The new edition brings clarity of understanding for the thousands of companies worldwide that already used the standard. Read more here