How CMMS Software Can Help You Achieve ISO Certification—And Keep It

11th January 2018
11th January 2018

If your organization is striving for ISO certification—or needs to keep it up—CMMS software is a vital tool for your maintenance department.

ISO certification verifies a company’s management system, manufacturing process, service, or documentation procedure has met the requirements for standardization and quality assurance.

Two of the most common are ISO 9000/9001 for quality management and ISO 14001 for environmental standards. Many companies use ISO certification to assure customers of credibility. But some industries require it, and certain contracts will depend on it.

Maintenance & ISO Certification

ISO certification requires a traceable history of completed maintenance tasks and documented policies to prove you’re acting in accordance with ISO standards.

Mike Goldman’s company became ISO 9000 certified without CMMS software before he was hired, but Mike knows CMMS data from facility management software is key to maintaining that certification in the future.

“ISO certification is all about the process,” Mike explained. “MPulse helps you provide objective evidence that your processes are being followed—preventive maintenance tasks, lock-out tag-out, hot work permits, etc.”

So, Mike set up his MPulse Maintenance Software with ISO certification in mind.

“The scheduled maintenance and task functions of MPulse generate work orders for ISO quality control inspection routines,” he said. “You can create tasks for QA process audits, inspections of final product, completed tasks, HSE requirements, HAZMAT—anything really. I also generate work orders for ISO quality assurance auditing requirements and schedules, which provides objective evidence that we completed internal ISO auditing tasks.”

MPulse also helps Mike’s team in other ways. “The media attachment capability ties any relevant documentation to the work order. This is a great way to keep your objective evidence handy and connected to the relevant scheduled audit trigger events.”

And that documentation looks impressive to an auditor, Mike said. “Game over, you win. Hands down.”

CMMS Software for ISO Certification

MPulse Maintenance Software can help your organization get—and keep—ISO certification by…

  • Recording preventive maintenance on key assets
  • Documenting work procedures to make sure they are being followed
  • Verifying all safety inspections and tests are done properly and on schedule
  • Determining when it’s time to repair or replace malfunctioning equipment
  • Creating reports and other documentation for audits
  • Tracking employee health and safety information, trainings, and certifications
  • Archiving work history
  • Documenting incidents

Preparation is Half the Battle

The complexity of ISO certification makes it difficult—if not impossible—to simply pull the paperwork together at the last minute.

That’s why CMMS software is essential for maintenance operations. Once your CMMS software is set up correctly, documentation takes care of itself because the data is captured with every work order.

That information can be quickly accessed when it’s time to pass the scrutiny of an audit—which saves a lot of time and prevents a last-minute scramble to pull reports together.

Have questions? Contact us for more information about how MPulse can help your organization achieve ISO certification—and keep it.

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