What changes are expected from the revised ISO 14001?

ISO 14001The revised edition of ISO 14001 – the international standard for Environmental Management Systems (EMS) – used by over 250,000 organisations worldwide is close to completion, with a draft text being finalized before its release in the first half of next year. This will bring a renewed focus on the value environmental management delivers to business.

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Waste Management, why is it important and what can you do?

Waste produced in the officeMost people don’t realize how much waste they throw away every day. For example, if we are just looking at food, from uneaten leftovers to spoiled produce, shockingly, as much as half of the world’s food is wasted. Consequently, feeding the world is actually much more about preventing waste than finding ways of producing more food and all its associated social and environmental costs. Continue reading

Thinking of ISO 17025 accreditation for your laboratory?

Laboratory Management SystemsISO/IEC 17025:2005 specifies the general requirements for a laboratory management system to carry out tests and/or calibrations, and sampling, using standard, non-standard or laboratory-developed methods. ISO 17025 is applicable to all organizations performing tests and/or calibrations including first-, second- and third-party laboratories, as well as laboratories where testing and/or calibration forms part of inspection and product certification. Continue reading

How to Plan for Spills and Effective Spill Control

Spillage of chemicalsIn our last article we discussed REACH and CLP regulations and how your business can get ready for the REACH registration process. In this we touch on the spillage of chemicals and their control – what is spill control? how does it impact your employees and your business? how do you prepare for it? Continue reading

Are you ready for REACH and CLP?

Pictograms for labelling. Source: HSAThe REACH regulation entered into force on 1st June 2007, and impacts all manufacturers and importers of chemicals as well as downstream users (e.g. formulators, article producers, end users of chemicals), distributors and retailers in the EU. This includes individual substances, substances in a preparation (a mixture of substances) or intentionally released from articles (finished manufactured goods) at or above 1 tonne. It will affect most businesses in Ireland in some way. Continue reading

World Day to Combat Desertification

World Day to Combat Desertification

The demand for life’s essentials will rise significantly in the next 20 years. About 50% more food will be needed, 40% more energy and 35% more water. How will these demands to be met and with what resources? Past trends show that land, the foundation of these goods and services, is not only being destroyed, but is not on the radar screen of policy-makers because there is no political will to get something done. Continue reading

What is World Environment Day?

What is WED?World Environment Day (‘WED’) is celebrated every year on 5 June to raise global awareness of the need to take positive environmental action and is run by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

In fact, 5 June was the day that the seminal United Nations Conference on the Human Environment began in Stockholm (this ran from 5–16 June 1972). The first World Environment Day was in 1973 and it is hosted every year by a different city with a different theme. Continue reading

Health and Safety Legislation – what’s it about?

Health and Safety LegislationPeople can be wary of the area of legislation because of the perception that it is difficult to understand, probably thanks to the ‘legalese’ it is frequently written in and also due to the fear that somehow and in some way a little bit of knowledge will make them liable for something. Furthermore, the legal profession are frequently guilty of failing to explain things clearly. Of course, any true and competent professional will be able to explain even the most complex matters in plain and simple English and if they can’t, they probably don’t understand it properly themselves, and if they won’t, then they may be trying to inflate their fees. Continue reading

International Day for Biological Diversity

International Day for Biological Diversity 2014The United Nations proclaimed May 22 The International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. Biodiversity is the degree of variation of life. This can refer to genetic variation, species variation, or ecosystem variation within an area, biome, or planet. Biologists most often define biodiversity as the “totality of genes, species, and ecosystems of a region”. The theme “Island Biodiversity” was chosen to coincide with the designation by the United Nations General Assembly of 2014 as the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

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What can GLP do for your laboratory and you?

Good Laboratory Practice (GLP)As scientists and analysts, many of us find ourselves working in laboratories, busy doing analytical work or research, with little time or opportunity to step back from our busy daily routine to focus on the internationally recognised principles of Good Laboratory Practice (GLP). All too often we lose sight of the forest for the trees. GLP can sometimes be confused with the standards of laboratory safety, e.g. wearing appropriate gloves, safety goggles and clothing – which it is not. Continue reading