[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).

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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.

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.

 

 

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

Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) Voucher for Technical Assistance (VTA) Programme at the BSJ.

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The BSJ will offer training and business support services to MSME through the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) Voucher for Technical Assistance (VTA) Programme.

This grant assistance provides funding of up to J$300,000 for accessing services to improve business operations and promote trade.

For information on if you qualify or how to apply, visit: http://dbjvoucher.com/

Call for Experts to Building and Associated Materials Technical Committee

The Bureau of Standards Jamaica announces a call for experts to provide technical support to the Building and Associated Materials Technical Committee.

 

Scope of work:

 

The Committee is mandated to adopt, adapt international standards and review Jamaican standards relating to the construction industry for the purpose of ensuring that industry practices are aligned with international best practice and reflect the parameters that are applicable to Jamaica.

 

Eligibility requirements:

 

Interested persons should have extensive knowledge and experience in the construction industry, especially related to Structural Steel and Treated Lumber.

 

Interested persons are invited to contact Mrs. Sherieka Satchell-Knight at

Tel: (876) 632-4275, (876) 618-1534 ext. 3221, (876) 303-0818 or via email at ssatchell@bsj.org.jm

Launch of the Household and Similar Electrical Appliances Standard

You are invited to attend the launch of JS IEC 60335-1 Household and similar electrical appliances – Safety – Part 1: General requirements on 02 March 2018 in the BSJ’s Multi-purpose Facility situated at 6 Winchester Road, Kingston 10 starting at 10:00 a.m. under the theme “SMARTELECTRIC”.

 

The purpose of the launch is to raise awareness regarding the safe use of household electrical appliances and explore the associated, ever-evolving, technologies involved (smart applications) and attendant concerns and issues. Additionally, the launch will seek to outline public education programmes aimed at encouraging compliance with the standard. This forum will also be used to challenge the general public to make smart choices when choosing electrical appliances.

 

For further information and confirmation of attendance, kindly contact Mrs. Sherieka Satchell-Knight by telephone at 618-1534, 632-4275 Ext. 3221 or via email at ssatchell@bsj.org.jm.