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Benchmarking SA's education system

22nd January 2010 The strength of ISO 9001 is that it is adaptable and can suit any sector or environment. This means that education institutions can be benchmarked to international standards with regard to subjects taught and the level of teaching excellence while getting teachers to understand basic principles... 

Clients' specifications key to quality construction

22nd January 2010 Clients must provide detailed and adequate specifications to a contractor to improve the quality of construction projects. Appointing a contractor capable of delivering quality is also an important action the client must take to ensure the quality of construction, says risk management and... 

Increasing public awareness of standards of quality

22nd January 2010 The public needs to be made more aware of standards of quality in all businesses and products, which will then result in organisations automatically implementing standards of quality. The organisations will then have to demonstrate their compliance with quality standards by having external... 

Standards for sustaining success

22nd January 2010 The ISO 9001:2008 is the generic quality management standard applicable to all industries and sectors. Over one-million organisations around the globe have been certified and it is an international standard that is accepted worldwide, says quality management organisation South African Quality... 

Improving SA’s healthcare standards

22nd January 2010 Significant debate and strong criticism has always centred around the quality and state of South Africa’s State hospitals, with a spate of media reports in the last few months of 2009, focusing on patients and paramedics being turned away from hospitals owing to a lack of capacity and space... 

Energy efficiency drives lubricant development

15th January 2010 The drive for lubricant development is currently based on energy efficiency, which is attributed to environmental reasons, says South African Institute of Tribology president John Fitton. 

Industry focuses on energy efficiency

15th January 2010 The drive for energy efficiency will have beneficial outcomes on the environmental footprint of any company using oils and lubricants, wear analysis organisation South African Institute of Tribology (SAIT) president John Fitton says. 

Innovating with industrial waste

15th January 2010 Industrial waste, specifically the waste containing oil or oil distillates, must be disposed of properly because it is considered hazardous. Oil recycling company Oil Separation Solutions (OSS) believes that it can turn waste oil or used oil, as well as sludge, solids and contaminated soils... 

Hearing protection mooted with vuvuzela set to remain part of World Cup vibe

15th January 2010 The Occupational Health and Safety Act stipulates that employees, and other people, affected by noise in a company can only be exposed to 85 decibels for eight hours before they must be given hearing protection or steps taken to reduce noise levels, non-profit safety body National Occupational... 

Concerns raised over noise and hearing protection at stadiums

11th December 2009 The National Occupational Safety and Health Board has raised concerns over the level of noise and hearing protection at stadiums ahead of next year's FIFA World Cup and says it will approach the government and the Organising Committee on the issue. The Occupational Health and Safety Act... 

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