Implementation of international standards for management processes


In today's globalized business landscape, organizations face increasing complexity and challenges in managing operations across borders. International standards play a pivotal role in facilitating effective management by providing a framework that promotes consistency, quality, and compliance on a global scale. In this article, we will explore the significance of international standards for management and discuss how their adoption can contribute to organizational success.

Mobile non-sewer-connected toilet cabins - Requirements of services and products relating to the deployment of cabins and sanitary products

EN 16194:2023

International standards create a common language that transcends geographical and cultural boundaries. They offer a universally recognized framework that enables organizations to communicate and collaborate effectively, regardless of their location, one of which is EN 16194:2023.

This document applies to mobile non-sewer-connected toilet cabins system.

It specifies the requirements for services related to the provision of toilet cabins and the relevant requirements for toilet cabins and sanitary products, taking into account comfort, hygiene, health and safety. It specifies the minimum quality requirements for toilet cabins and sanitary products, as well as the extent of on-site service and the required disinfection and the number of toilet cabins to be provided. It also determines the frequency of use, the maximum number of uses per toilet cabins, the locations and the intervals for on-site service or disposal of faecal water.

This document is applicable to the framework of activities carried out in the following sectors:

—   construction and extractive industries, opencast or underground;

—   public events and recreational activities, festivals and concerts;

—   agriculture, labour camps and temporary work camps;

—   beaches;

—   emergencies;

—   military tactical and training exercises.

There are other types of mobile toilet cabins which are not connected to a sewage system (e.g. dry toilets, composting toilets, incinerations toilets, vacuum toilets, or other technologies and processes) and which are not covered by this document. This document establishes a system to ensure that mobile sanitation facilities for waste disposal are available not only in the workplaces but wherever there are no waste disposal systems connected to a sewerage network. This document is directed at manufacturers, services providers' companies and publics or private cabin hirers of toilet cabins not connected to a sewage network.

By adopting international standards, companies can establish a shared understanding of best practices, processes, and terminology, facilitating smoother interactions and partnerships with stakeholders around the world.

Human resource management — Workforce allocation

ISO 30434:2023

One of the key benefits of international standards for management is their ability to enhance operational efficiency. These standards provide organizations with proven methodologies and guidelines for optimizing processes, reducing waste, and improving productivity. For the companies that pay much attention to human resources management implementing the standards like ISO 30434:2023 are obligatory to be implemented.

This document describes a framework of processes, practices and management activities for allocating work to workers. Its high-level principles and processes are applicable to all allocation methods and workforce types. It can be used in all types of organizations and industry sectors, and from small teams to large complex organizations. It applies to all workforce sourcing methods, whether the workforce is made up of internal employees or externally sourced workers. This document also addresses the relationship between allocation decisions and stakeholders, including operations, finance, human resource functions and, most importantly, workers. This document explains how to create an allocation framework, design an allocation process and document, communicate, measure and improve the process. It also suggests preventative actions to stop or mitigate undesirable outcomes. 

By aligning their operations with internationally accepted practices, companies can streamline workflows, eliminate redundancies, and achieve cost savings. This increased efficiency allows organizations to allocate resources more effectively, invest in innovation, and maintain a competitive edge in the global marketplace.

Security and resilience — Protective security — Guidelines for the development of a security plan for an organization

ISO 22342:2023

International standards provide organizations with a structured approach to compliance and risk management. By following the guidelines outlined in standards like ISO 22342:2023, companies can identify potential risks, implement effective control measures, and ensure compliance with legal, regulatory, and ethical requirements. This proactive approach to risk management helps organizations mitigate potential threats, protect their reputation, and safeguard stakeholders' interests.

This document gives guidance on developing and maintaining security plans. The security plan describes how an organization establishes effective security planning and how it can integrate security within organizational risk management practices. This document is applicable to all organizations regardless of type, size and nature, whether in the private, public or not-for-profit sectors, that wish to develop effective security plans in a consistent manner. This document is applicable to any organization intending to implement measures designed to protect their assets against malicious acts and mitigate their associated risks. This document does not provide specific criteria for identifying the need to implement or enhance prevention and protection measures against malicious acts. It does not apply to services and operations delivered by private security companies.

International standards emphasize the importance of quality management across all aspects of an organization's operations. By implementing quality management systems and processes prescribed by this standard, companies can ensure consistent delivery of products and services that meet or exceed customer expectations. The adherence to international quality standards not only enhances customer satisfaction but also contributes to long-term customer loyalty and positive brand reputation.

Occupational health and safety management systems — General guidelines for the implementation of ISO 45001:2018

ISO 45002:2023

International standards increasingly address sustainability and responsibility aspects of management. Standards such as ISO 45002:2023 health and safety management systems provides frameworks for organizations to minimize their environmental impact, engage with stakeholders, and contribute to sustainable development.

This document gives guidance on the establishment, implementation, maintenance and continual improvement of an occupational health and safety (OH&S) management system that can help organizations conform to ISO 45001:2018. NOTE 1 While the guidance in this document is consistent with the ISO 45001:2018 OH&S management system model, it is not intended to provide interpretations of the requirements in ISO 45001. NOTE 2 The use of the term “should” in this document does not weaken any of the requirements in ISO 45001:2018 or add new requirements. NOTE 3 For most of the clauses in this document, there are real-life cases on how different types of organizations have implemented the requirements. These are not intended to suggest the only or best way to do this, but to describe one way this was done by an organization.

Adopting these standards allows companies to demonstrate their commitment to environmental stewardship, social inclusiveness, and ethical business practices, thus enhancing their reputation and attracting socially conscious customers and partners.

Positive consequences of implementing international standards

Compliance with international standards significantly improves an organization's access to global markets. Many countries and regions require businesses to meet specific standards and certifications for market entry. By obtaining internationally recognized certifications organizations can eliminate barriers to trade, gain credibility in new markets, and open doors to international business opportunities. International standards serve as a passport to global expansion by facilitating trade, fostering trust, and ensuring compatibility with diverse regulatory frameworks. By establishing a common language, enhancing operational efficiency, ensuring consistent quality, facilitating compliance and risk management, supporting sustainability, and expanding market access, these standards provide organizations with a robust framework for success. Embracing international standards not only drives operational excellence but also helps organizations meet customer expectations, build strong reputations, and thrive in an increasingly competitive global marketplace.