–Applicable Standards, Requirements, and Benefits
In an increasingly globalized marketplace, industries like agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting play a crucial role in the American economy. However, the high demand for quality, safety, and sustainability necessitates a set of industry-wide standards. This is where ISO certifications, accredited by organizations like ABIS, come into the picture. At Pacific Certifications, we issue a variety of ISO standards aimed at ensuring best practices across these sectors. In this blog, we’ll delve into the applicable ISO standards, their requirements, and the benefits they offer to businesses in these areas.
Applicable ISO Standards
This standard is foundational for any industry, including agriculture and forestry. It focuses on customer satisfaction, continuous improvement, and the quality of processes and products.
For industries that interact directly with the environment, ISO 14001 is crucial. It encourages organizations to adopt environmentally responsible practices.
Specifically tailored for the food sector, this standard is essential for fishing and agriculture, ensuring that the produce and seafood are safe for consumption.
Given the physical nature of these jobs, this standard helps minimize occupational risks and enhance the well-being of employees.
Though not directly related to physical processes, this standard ensures the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of vital business information.
Requirements for ISO Certification
A preliminary step that involves identifying the gap between current operations and ISO requirements.
After identifying gaps, the next step involves implementing corrective measures, which may include new policies, procedures, and employee training.
An internal audit helps to assess whether the implemented changes comply with ISO requirements.
Accredited certification bodies like Pacific Certifications conduct an independent, objective audit to verify compliance.
After successful completion of the external audit, the organization receives the ISO certification.
Benefits of ISO Certification
Enhanced Quality and Safety
Certification ensures that you meet globally recognized quality and safety standards, thereby gaining a competitive edge. For example, a study published in the Journal of Food Protection found that ISO 22000-certified food companies had fewer safety incidents compared to those without certification.
Sustainability and Environmental Stewardship
ISO 14001 not only helps in meeting legal obligations but also demonstrates your commitment to environmental sustainability. According to the ISO survey, organizations with ISO 14001 certification reduced waste by an average of 15%.
Improved Operational Efficiency
ISO 9001, for instance, focuses on process optimization, leading to cost savings. A study by the British Assessment Bureau revealed that ISO 9001-certified organizations experienced a 50% higher return on assets.
Increased Market Access
Many government and private tenders require ISO certification as a pre-requisite, thereby widening your potential market.
ISO 45001 and ISO 27001 significantly reduce workplace and data-related risks, shielding you from potential legal issues.
ISO certifications, accredited by organizations like ABIS, provide an invaluable framework for businesses in agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting. They help ensure quality, sustainability, and operational efficiency while also opening new market opportunities. At Pacific Certifications, we are committed to guiding you through this complex yet rewarding journey towards ISO certification.
For more details on how you can make the transition towards global best practices, get in touch with us today.