What is ISO 9001:2015?
The Quality Management System Standard ISO 9001 has been used by the Chemical Industry for many years. It is a natural fit for the industry in which ‘process thinking’ is an everyday activity. The standard aligns with ISO 14001:2015, Environmental Management and ISO 45001:2018 Health and Safety Management. This enables business leaders to make decisions more easily on the allocation of time, money and people. The common high-level structure enables the alignment of Strategic Intent in clause 4, Leadership in clause 5 and Planning in clause 6 at the initiation of the Management System. There are many other industry critical issues addressed as you progress through the standard. Achieving ISO 9001:2015 is not easy and Quest brings years of experience with the standard to enable you to achieve registration.
How can ISO 9001:2015 help your organization?
ISO 9001:2015 takes you into running your organization as a management system. System thinking enables you to integrate the many processes in your organization and ensure they are linked. Linkage is vital. One of the fundamental principles of system thinking is known as the ‘butterfly effect’. A small event at the front end of a system can lead to major consequences at the delivery end. If that event is an error at the start of your organization, the delivery result could be disastrous. An integrated Management System significantly reduces the chance of that happening.
How can Quest Help?
Quest President Peter Merrill is a Chemical Engineer by Profession.Quest experience in ISO 9001:2015, and broader abilities in standards such as ISO 14001:2015, Environmental Management and ISO 45001, Health and Safety, make us a perfect fit for working with organizations in the Chemical Industry. We have consulted in Plant Design, Production and Distribution. Atofina, amanufacturer and distributor of specialty chemicals, showed it’s not just operations that can be improved. They made dramatic improvements in their sales process and simplified they're purchasing activity. At B.A.S.F., ahigh profile international chemical manufacturer, the Quest Leadership Workshop ensured an understanding of the Leadership role in implementing ISO 9001.
Quest Experience in the Chemical Industry
We enabled Bigelow Liptak, designers and manufacturers of combustion systems for the petrochemical industry to streamline their design process. Caledon Laboratories, a manufacturer of a wide range of chemicals, including hexanes, reagent acids and alkalis, successfully registered to ISO 9001 after difficulty in previous attempts without our support. At Indumart and Cincinnati Milacronwe showed how the Quest methodology works in a small business environment.
Our other Experience
Our broader experience of standards such as ISO 14001 enables us to address the important environmental issue of the chemical industry. Whitecourt Oil made significant cost savings in their recycling of waste oil products through application of ISO 14001. As global leaders in Innovation Management, Quest has been deeply involved in developing ISO 56002, the guidelines on Innovation Management. We bring that innovation experience to the table with all our work in the chemical industry.