November Newsletter

November Newsletter

Welcome to the November edition of our QHSE ABERDEEN Newsletter!

In this issue, we will focus on some interesting facts about IMS, ISO 9001 Clause 6, Training courses and much more…


At QHSE ABERDEEN, our highly experienced advisors specialise in streamlining company management systems, an initiative that holds the potential to reduce time effort & resource and enhance overall efficiency. If your organization currently operates separate management systems or would like to incorporate an additional system, reach out to us to explore the cost-saving opportunities available to you.

An integrated management system serves as a unified platform designed to oversee multiple facets of your organization’s operations, aligning with various standards, such as those governing quality, environmental, health & safety and information security management. With the adoption of Annex SL, many management system standards share a common structure, allowing for straightforward integration. This integration streamlines processes, minimizes redundant documentation, and simplifies auditing; ultimately propelling your organization towards greater effectiveness and efficiency.

The concept of an Integrated Management System is characterised by three distinct levels:

Fully Integrated

In this scenario, management systems covering two or more standards are seamlessly combined, eliminating duplication and effort. Responsibilities for the management system encompass all applicable standards, and the scope of each standard remains identical.

Partially Integrated

Partial integration involves merging management systems for two or more standards, although some duplication may persist. Responsibilities for the management system can span all applicable standards, or different individuals or departments may oversee distinct standards, leading to variations in the scopes of management systems.

Not Integrated

Non-integrated management systems covering two or more standards are maintained as standalone entities. Each management system remains focused solely on the elements and requirements outlined in a specific ISO Standard. Responsibilities for the management system may span all applicable standards, or different individuals or departments may manage separate standards, resulting in differing scopes for each management system/standard.

QHSE Aberdeen has the knowledge & experience to assist all organisations in all sectors with the development & implementation of suitable standalone Management System or Integrated Management Systems whatever the size and nature of the business. We work with our clients to ensure optimum processes are in place that meet operational requirements. There is also plenty of information and help on the ISO WEBISTE.


This clause introduces planning for the quality management system.

You should review the risks and opportunities identified by your organisation through clause 4 Context of the Organisation and put plans in place to reduce or eliminate any risks.  You should also develop and pursue opportunities to address organisational or customer needs.

The organisation also needs to plan for objectives, in line with your Quality Policy which are SMART:


The organisation should plan what will be done, what resources are required, who will be responsible, when it will be complete and how results will be evaluated.

Planning of changes is also an important aspect of your quality management system, and you should ensure as an organisation, any changes which may effect the quality management system are carried out in a planned manner using a risk based approach

Defining your OBJECTIVES 6.2.2

When auditing suppliers, our Advisors often come across a lack of knowledge or understanding of the Standard and the clause 6.2.2 b) b) what resources will be required, which is often omitted.

6.2 Quality objectives and planning to achieve them

6.2.1 The organization shall establish quality objectives at relevant functions, levels and processes

needed for the quality management system.

The quality objectives shall:

a) be consistent with the quality policy;

b) be measurable;

c) take into account applicable requirements;

d) be relevant to conformity of products and services and to enhancement of customer satisfaction;

e) be monitored;

f) be communicated;

g) be updated as appropriate.

The organization shall maintain documented information on the quality objectives.

 6.2.2 When planning how to achieve its quality objectives, the organization shall determine:

a) what will be done;

b) what resources will be required;

c) who will be responsible;

d) when it will be completed;

e) how the results will be evaluated

 Resources and who is responsible are often not the same.  Resources can include, staff, equipment, facilities, materials and other assets.  These should be identified when considering company QHSE Objectives and documented accordingly.

Remember that the process of detailing objectives in ISO management systems should be dynamic and adaptable. As your organisation evolves and external conditions change, your objectives may need to be adjusted to reflect new priorities and challenges.

Training Courses

The last 2 public Training Courses this year are nearly full so please contact us now if you would like to book a place on..

ISO 9001 Foundation                      20/11/23            1 day

ISO 9001 internal Auditor              21/11/23            2 days

ISO 9001 Lead Auditor                   20/11/23            5 days

IMS ISO 9001/14001/45001

Internal Auditor Course                 27/11/23            3 days

 Our 2024 Training calendar is now available. Contact us for more information.

Our courses all have a maximum of 12 delegates to ensure you are getting the best quality and interactive learning experience possible.


Due to the level of enquiries and recent tender wins, we are still looking for mid-senior level QHSE Advisors.

Qualifications and Requirements:

·         NEBOSH qualification is a must.

·         At least one Lead Auditor qualification in ISO standards.

·         Proven experience in a similar QHSE role.

·         Strong problem-solving and decision-making skills.

·         Excellent communication and interpersonal abilities.

·         Ability to work independently and collaborate effectively within a small team.

·         A “can do” attitude with a commitment to achieving and maintaining high QHSE standards.


·         Competitive salary and benefits package.

·         A supportive and collaborative work environment.

·         Opportunities for professional growth and development.

·         The chance to make a meaningful impact on our Clients QHSE practices.

·         A culture that values innovation and excellence.

If you are a dedicated QHSE professional with a passion for maintaining the highest standards of quality, health, safety, and environmental practices, we want to hear from you. Join our team and be a part of our commitment to excellence. To apply, please send your cv and a cover letter outlining your relevant experience and qualifications to

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Buying a ready-made ISO Management System Toolkit can be a great way to save money and time creating the documentation from scratch.  It’s a great way to fast track an implementation and save months of man-hours creating documents.  Everything you need in 1 toolkit.

QHSE ABERDEEN “ISO TOOLKITS” provides you with a full list of documents, organised in line with your chosen ISO standard ready for use. Achieving compliance and certification is made easy with our documentation kit. Ideal for businesses who want to utilise a proven and efficient, ready-to-use system which includes – Manual, Procedures, Policies, Objectives, Forms & Registers which will meet and exceed the requirements of the ISO standard giving you real added value to your organisation.

New wins

QHSE ABERDEEN is thrilled to announce that they have been selected to oversee the Quality, Health, Safety, and Environment (QHSE) and ISO Management System structure for AME International (UK) Limited in Montrose. AME International (UK) Limited, a leading global turnkey manufacturer based in Singapore, recently announced the acquisition of Baker Hughes machining facility at Brent Avenue, Montrose in September.

The collaboration between QHSE ABERDEEN and AME International (UK) Limited represents a significant milestone in ensuring a seamless transition from Baker Hughes to the new ownership. QHSE ABERDEEN was invited to tender for the project, which includes the development and implementation of a triple ISO Integrated Management System (IMS) covering ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and ISO 45001.

QHSE ABERDEEN’s expertise in QHSE and ISO management systems will play a crucial role in helping AME International (UK) Limited maintain the highest standards of quality, safety, and environmental responsibility in their operations.

Bryan Toy, Executive Director of AME International, says that “QHSE Aberdeen was able to give us their commitment to develop our QHSE and ISO system despite the tight timeline. They were also able to identify the gaps that AME had to bridge to ensure seamless transition which gave us the confidence to work with QHSE Aberdeen during this critical period.”

Angela Scott, a Director of QHSE ABERDEEN, expressed her excitement about this partnership, saying, “We are honoured to have been chosen to support AME International (UK) Limited in their transition and commitment to excellence in QHSE and ISO management. Our team is dedicated to delivering the highest standards of service, and we look forward to working closely with AME International (UK) Limited to ensure a smooth and successful integration.”

AME International (UK) Ltd.


Respiratory risks in construction: early findings from HSE’s latest Dust Kills health campaign

“Every year we see construction workers die from these diseases caused or made worse by their work because the necessary precautions required to protect their long-term lung health have not been taken by employers and workers themselves.

Read more at HSE website.

World Quality Week – 6 to 10 November 2023

Realising your competitive potential 

Join us in celebrating WORLD QUALITY WEEK raising awareness of the quality management profession and this year focusing on the theme of “realising your competitive potential.”

Enhanced Reputation – A strong commitment to QHSE and ISO standards can significantly enhance your organisation’s reputation. Clients, partners, and stakeholders are more likely to trust and engage with a company that prioritises safety, quality, and environmental responsibility.

By achieving and maintaining QHSE and ISO certifications, you open doors to new markets and clients. Many industries require suppliers and service providers to meet these standards, giving you a competitive advantage.

See CQI/IRCA website for details.

That’s all for this issue of our QHSE Newsletter! We hope you found the information valuable and time well-spent. Remember, investing in QHSE best practices leads to improved performance, increased stakeholder confidence, and a safer work environment. Stay tuned for our next issue, packed with more useful tips and updates.

Feel free to reach out if you have any questions, suggestions, or topics you’d like us to cover. Until next time, stay safe, and keep up the great work!

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