Workers in office cubicles

With coronavirus cases falling, office-based work is making a comeback in the UK. In England, the government is no longer telling people to work from home where possible, and Scotland will be following suit next week. Working from home is still recommended in Northern Ireland, and at time of writing, it remains a requirement in Wales - although this will move "from law to guidance" on Friday 28 January.

Thousands of British workers are already back in the office - journeys on the London Underground reportedly increased by 8% as soon as the rules were relaxed in England - and many more will soon join them.

However, this certainly does not spell the end for remote working in the UK. Many companies and their employees will undoubtedly continue to work from home regardless of government guidance; for example, The Law Society Gazette conducted a survey of 30 top law firms and found that "the vast majority are either leaving staff to decide whether they work from home or allowing them to work flexibly at least two days a week". It's clear that COVID-19 has irreversibly changed Britain's relationship with the workplace, so don't expect to see the back of home / hybrid working any time soon.

 

Here at ISO Accelerator, remote is just how we do things.

Even as some of our clients return to the traditional office-based mode of working, we at ISO Accelerator will continue to conduct all of our audits remotely.

This has nothing to do with the pandemic - whether coronavirus cases are going up or down, remote auditing is the preferable option in every way. Here are just a few of the reasons why:

  • Remote certification is fast, saving precious time
  • Our method reduces certification costs for your business
  • It's also better for the environment - we've taken dozens of auditors off the road

If you need ISO 9001 certification, contact ISO Accelerator today to find out how we can help you.

LEARN MORE: How Does Remote Certification Work?

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COP26 environment protest

The 26th UN Climate Change Conference - or COP26 for short - is currently taking place in Glasgow. Climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing humanity today, and this meeting of delegates from nearly 200 different countries has been touted as the world's "best last chance" to avert catastrophe.

The conference began on Sunday 31 October, and since then we've heard stirring speeches from the likes of David Attenborough, Barack Obama, and Tuvalu's foreign minister Simon Kofe, who addressed the conference while standing knee-deep in seawater.

A number of big pledges and ambitious targets have already been announced, but it's clear that we will all need to do our bit in order to limit the impact of climate change on our planet and our societies.

 

Working towards net zero

A number of countries, including the UK, have set themselves the target of reaching 'net zero' carbon emissions by 2050. This is a useful goal not just for the nations of the world but also for households and businesses.

Businesses of all sizes are now looking at ways to minimise their carbon footprint and get closer to net zero. One way to achieve this is to switch to a remote-only certification body like ISO Accelerator.

We at ISO Accelerator consider ourselves a climate emergency company. Our ISO 9001 certification service is conducted entirely online; by eliminating the need for in-person site visits and taking more than two dozen auditors off the road, we've already saved 185 metric tonnes of CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent).

Contact ISO Accelerator today for more information about switching to our environmentally-friendly ISO certification service.

Remote ISO Certification: How Does It Work?

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The world

World Accreditation Day takes place on the 9th of June every year. Established by the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC), this annual event aims to raise awareness of the value of accreditation.

The theme for World Accreditation Day 2021 is 'Accreditation: Supporting the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)'.

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Two terms we frequently come across here at ISO Accelerator - and which many people seem to get mixed up - are remote ISO audit and remote ISO assessment.

Let's take a quick look at what those two phrases mean. They're not entirely synonymous, so it's useful to know the difference.

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Unless you are already using a USAS-accredited certification body, the answer is probably yes.

British twenty-pound notes

During the outbreak of COVID-19, we have seen a number of UK-based certification bodies switch to remote auditing. The problem with this is that you, the customer, are most likely still paying for their huge overheads.

ISO Accelerator was set up from day one to conduct ISO certification audits remotely. This means that our costs are lower, and we pass those savings on to our customers.

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Man at computer, working remotely

Our accreditation body USAS has been pioneering remote ISO certification for some time. Now, for the first time, we are seeing UKAS-accredited certification bodies follow suit. This change comes in response to the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, which is forcing organisations in all sectors to adapt their business practices and minimise interpersonal contact.

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Woman washing hands to limit spread of coronavirus

COVID-19 (short for coronavirus disease 2019) has been dominating the headlines for the best part of a year now. Covid is an infectious disease whose symptoms include fever, coughing and shortness and breath; governments all over the world are taking action in an effort to get through this pandemic, and many businesses are following suit.

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