ISSA puts the environment first by incorporating its GREEN ISSA initiative into its ISSA Quality Standard

June 16, 2021

ISSA is here to look after the best interests of its members and the shipping industry, and there is no subject more emotive than the environment and the impact our ship supply activities may have on our climate.

We all have a duty to ensure we act in a responsible manner towards environmental matters and that we all conform to environmental laws, regulations, standards and other requirements.

ISSA acknowledges that our industry is experiencing very difficult times during the global pandemic.

Therefore, we have taken the opportunity of looking to incorporate the GREEN ISSA initiative into our highly successful ISSA Quality Standard in a further bid to assist members with further competitive advantage.

We have twin aims with this initiative: to ensure the Standard remains relevant for current ISSA Quality certified members; to demonstrate its competitive advantage to members who have not yet embraced the Quality Standard and prospective members interested in becoming ISSA Quality Certified.

The ISSA Quality Standard has been updated to take into account the key requirements of:

•    ISO 9001:2015 covering the Quality Management System
•    ISO 14001-2015 covering Environmental Aspects
•    ISO 45001 covering Occupational Health and Safety Management
•    ISO 22000-2005 covering the Food Supply Industry.
•    In addition the ISM Code and ISPS Code have been taken into account.

Only the key parts of these Codes and Standards, which are directly applicable to the ship supply industry, have been included ensuring that such requirements are part of the routine operations of the applicable ISSA member.

This is a competitive and very cost-effective alternative to becoming ISO certified with multiple standards.

“We at ISSA are constantly looking at ways we can improve our much loved Association and to look at ways we can help our membership in these difficult COVID days,” said Jim Costalos, Executive Vice President of ISSA.

“ISSA is aware of the need to go ‘Green’ and many requirements that will be placed upon the shoulders of the ship supplier,” he added.

We are extremely proud that the ISSA Quality standard has previously been endorsed by the Secretary General of the World Customs Organization and the Secretary-General of InterManager.

The ISSA Quality Standard has been updated and has amalgamated key fundamentals taken from  ISO 14001-2015 and ISO 22000-2005. We feel this puts ISSA Quality certified members in a strong position for the environmental challenges that lie ahead.

If you are interested in becoming an ISSA Quality Member, please follow the link below for more information.

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