The COVID-19 pandemic is historic for a number of reasons. Being one of the largest pandemics since the flu of 1917-1918, the impacts of COVID-19 are yet to be fully understood. There is a good likelihood that the effects from COVID-19 will be felt for the next 5 years at least, if not the next decade. With economies on the downturn, both domestically and globally, business owners, managers, and upper executives have had to make adjustments. Pivoting company strategies, entering new industries, and getting creative in the way they move their business operations forward. ISO standards are designed to help companies achieve greater levels of efficiency, establish cultures of continual improvement, and drive powerful business metrics that ultimately lead to more success. Amidst the global pandemic, ISO standards have been developed to assist organizations in prioritizing employee health, and proper safety regulations to reduce the spread of the virus.
While facilities begin to ramp up operations from 20-30% to 80-90% or even full capacity in some instances, evaluating ISO standard compliance is going to be a vital aspect in returning to normalcy in a safe and purposeful manner. As the pandemic has progressed, companies have been forced to prolong their return to full fledged operations, which means employees could be rusty when it comes to upholding the ISO standards that are so impactful. Conducting an ISO analysis as facilities return to full capacity will allow management to identify areas that need to be addressed immediately, leaving little-to-no room for continuous error, or operating outside of ISO standards.
In addition to evaluating previous ISO standards in preparation for a full-scale ISO analysis, companies need to be prepared to address new ISO standards that relate to the pandemic, and employee safety.
ISO Standards Relating to COVID-19
There is a full list of newly published ISO standards that relate to the COVID-19 pandemic, and protecting the workforce. Bringing the safety of employees to the forefront of company values is going to be essential in taking the steps needed to rebuild the economy.
These newly published standards can be found here, and cover topics all the way from proper safety equipment like gloves and masks, and hygiene habits that include providing employees with ample time to wash their hands, and keep themselves sanitized. Evaluating which of the COVID-19 specific ISO standards directly apply to an individual company is also important in implementing processes and procedures that benefit the company the most. For example, a manufacturing plant will have a very different approach to employee safety-measures than a retail store. Understanding the appropriate and company-applicable COVID-19 ISO standards will also accelerate an organization’s ability to return to full capacity, and really re-enter the marketplace.
ISO standards are constantly under review, and keeping up with certification means that your organization’s processes and procedures should also remain under a constant evaluation. Setting up companies for easy certification renewals into the future. For more help on identifying the COVID-19 specific ISO standards most applicable to your company, or for ISO standard help in general, visit Glacier Consulting, and get in touch with an ISO expert today.