ISO TS 30407 Standard for HR – Cost per Hire

ISO/TS 30407, Human resource management – Cost-Per-Hire, has just been released.  It’s another technical specification in an area of business that has not been part of the ISO subject areas until recently.  It is evidence of the increasing importance of standardization in industry sectors trying to improve professionalism using standards and certification.

Perhaps you have noticed commercials on TV for SHRM, the Society for Human Resource Management.  SHRM is one of a growing number of professional organizations entering into the standardization community.  Work done at the national level by SHRM is paralleled by work at the International level at ISO.  So you will see more standardization in this space as the professional organizations increase areas of agreement.

ISO/TS 30407 addresses three types of CPH formulas.  They are:

  • Cost-per-hire internal (CPHI)
  • Cost-per-hire comparable (CPHC)
  • Hire-cost-ratio (HCR)

This formulas are used throughout the HR (Human Resource) industry.  The three are provided because companies operate differently.  But adhering to one standardized formula or another will improve methodologies for comparison across organizations.

What are the Cost-per-hire metrics used for?  They measure the cost of recruitment.  Benefits not only include understanding your true costs, but also for identifying areas where you can make improvements.  Data can be integrated into your budget, workforce satisfaction and performance metrics, benchmarking, and other management activities.  You may even use it to compare the cost of in-house hiring to the use of third parties for recruitment.

ISO/TS 30407 not only covers each metric in detail, it also provides you with information on how to assemble your CPH metrics.  Data collection and evaluation are included in this 22 page specification.

If you’d like to improve the performance of your HR department, consider using standards as a tool for improvement.  Search for and order them at the Document Center Inc. webstore, www.document-center.com.  Here is a link to the order page for ISO/TS 30407 for your convenience.

If you’re interested in certification, contact SHRM or any of the other associations for HR in the region where you are located.  Societies like SHRM are a wealth of information, a resource for standards activities, and providers of certification for your profession.

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ISO 22316 issued for Organizational Resilience

I’ve been talking about the shift in standardization into “soft” areas — Management, human resources, and other “non-engineering” subjects.  So the release of ISO 22316 on organizational resilience is a good example of this trend.  The new standard is titled Security and resilience – Organizational resilience – Principles and attributes.  It can be used in any industry and at any point in the organization’s lifecycle.

The new ISO 22316 is part of the ISO 22300 series on societal security.  This series deals with processes and requirements for successful handling of emergencies and disasters.  It is intended to be part of your preparation for both natural and human-acts (including technical failures) that can negatively impact your organization.  These standards apply to both commercial entities and communities and other governmental groups.

The concept of resilience that is put forward in the ISO 22300 series is that of anticipating and responding to threats and opportunities that come with changes in your “environment.”  These external forces can be gradual or sudden.  They can even come from internal sources.  In many ways, these standards provide risk-management guidelines for the changes that are constantly impacting us.

ISO 22316 specifically addresses the following areas of good business practices:

  • Anticipating and addressing risks and vulnerabilities
  • Using management practices to improve coordination and performance
  • Improving understanding of dependencies and the wide range of interested parties

The standard helps you manage these areas by providing a review of the principles that are the foundation of organizational resilience.  It delineates the attributes and characteristics of a resilient organization.  And it provides information on activities that help you improve and utilize those characteristics.

While it has taken a bit of time for these types of standards to proliferate, I must say that they do bring a much-needed viewpoint into the technical documentation for business management.   I think of a number of news stories I’ve seen lately.  In my mind, the lack of clarity of a business’s true purpose or employee empowerment seems to be at the root of some avoidable company blunders.

Standards like ISO 22316 help organizations address issues of internal communication, clarity of goals, and development of a supportive culture so necessary in today’s world.  If you are working towards bettering your organization and are concerned about responding to the many forces that impact your company, this standard is for you.

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AS 6174/1 Issued – AS6174A Compliance Tool

AS 6174/1 has just been issued to help you meet the requirements of the AS 6174 Anti-Counterfeit standard.  The new 7-page slash sheet is titled Compliance Verification Matrix (VM) Slash Sheet for SAE AS6174A, Counterfeit Materiel; Assuring Acquisition of Authentic and Conforming Materiel.  It is a tool to review and evaluate compliance with standardized verification criteria.

Compliance is reviewed using a Verification Matrix (VM).  This tabular tool covers the various requirement clauses of AS 6174A.  The matrix table contains the following columns:

  • The AS 6174A clause number
  • The 4.0 Verification Matrix requirement
  • The criteria for compliance
  • The recommended method of evalution (MOE)
  • Your record of compliance
  • A field for you to mark as yes or no
  • A field for your notes

This is a valuable tool to use when setting up your process for material traceability.

The AS 6174A paved the way for the AS 6174/1 by authorizing the development of slash sheets.  Expect more of them to be released for this important standard on the prevention of the inclusion of counterfeit materials into your products.  Future slash sheets should focus on various commodities.

If you’re using the AS 6174A standard, you’ll want a copy of this new publication.  Use the Document Center Inc. webstore at www.document-center.com for your authorized purchase.  Here’s a direct link to the order page for the AS 6174/1 for your convenience.

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MIL-STD-499 for Engineering Management Cancelled a Second Time!

MIL-STD-499, Engineering Management, has been cancelled again!  Revision A from 1974 was cancelled on February 27, 1995.  But it was cancelled without replacement.  Now, at last, IEEE 15288.1 has been designated as the replacement for the MIL-STD-499A with the released of this new Cancellation Notice 2.

What has generated this new Cancellation Notice?  First, the Department of Defense adopted the IEEE 15288.1, IEEE Standards for Application of Systems Engineering on Defense Programs, on June 5, 2015.  The adoption of an industry standard by the DoD means that it can be freely called out as a requirement in government contract work.  Second, a review of the IEEE standard has confirmed that it is applicable in situations where the MIL-STD-499 was used.

What does IEEE 15288.1 address?  This replacement for the MIL-STD-499 gives you the requirements for selection, negotiation, agreement and performance of systems engineering activities and product delivery.  Further, it provides for a degree of flexibility allowing for innovation and customization.  And it can be used by system suppliers — external contractors and government system developers, integrators, and maintenance personnel alike.

By the way, IEEE 15288.1 is a companion to the ISO/IEC/IEEE 15288, Systems and Software Engineering – System Life Cycle Processes.  The two publications should be used in conjunction with one another.  The 15288 provides the general reqirements while the 15288.1 gives you U.S. DoD specific requirements to be used during systems acquisition or systems engineering support.  References to ISO/IEC/IEEE 15288 are made throughout the IEEE 15288.1.

Suppliers and government contract personnel alike will surely be pleased with this new replacement document information.  It is difficult for both parties when there are no clear superseding documents for cancelled military specifications and standards.

If you’re in need of either the Cancellation Notice 2 for MIL-STD-499A or the replacement IEEE 15288.1, Document Center Inc. is here to help you.  Search for and order standards from the DoD and from IEEE at the Document Center webstore, www.document-center.com.  Here are links to the order page for MIL-STD-499, the order page for IEEE 15288.1 paper format and the order page for IEEE 15288.1 pdf download.  You will be purchasing authorized copies from Document Center’s extensive collection of compliance documentation.

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IEC 60601-2-2 Edition 6.0 – High Frequency Surgical Equipment

IEC 60601-2-2 has just been updated.  It is titled Medical electrical equipment – Part 2-2: Particular requirements for the basic safety and essential performance of high frequency surgical equipment and high frequency surgical accessories.  The new Edition 6.0 replaces the previous Edition 5.0 from 2009.  It is a technical update.

Electrosurgery is widely used as a methodology for preventing blood loss.  Tissue is heated using rapidly alternating current in order to halt bleeding.  So a wide variety of surgical equipment and accessories will use this application.

IEC 60601-2-2 deals with the minimum safety requirements for these devices.  It is to be used in conjunction with IEC 60601-1 (and it’s Amendment 1).  The IEC 60601-2-2 has various clauses and subclauses that may replace, add to, or amend the clauses of the 60601-1.  So you need to use both documents together in order to correctly understand the 60601-2-2.

For those of you already using the standard, one of your first questions will be “What are the changes in the new IEC 60601-2-2 Edition 6.0?”  In the foreward  to the publication, IEC Committee 62 directs your attention to the following significant areas of change:

  • The defined terms have been updated, including new additions.
  • Requirements for HF surgical equipment and HF surgical accessories have been given additional separation.
  • Adult neutral electrodes are now required to be contact quality monitoring neutral electrodes.
  • Devices that have a high current mode (or use one) have new requirements.

A significant portion of the IEC 60601-2-2 is devoted to the 2 Annexes.  Annex AA contains additional information on specific clauses and subclauses.  An asterisk will identify items with explanatory notes in the annex.  Annex BB covers electromagnetic disturbances caused by this type of equipment.  This can be useful to medical device manufacturers who need to know what kinds of emissions (and levels) will be generated by HF surgical equipment.  In addition, tests for resistance to this type of emissions are included in the Annex.

All users of IEC standards need to purchase their copies from authorized distributors like Document Center Inc.  Search for and order IEC standards with confidence at our webstore, www.document-center.com.  Here is a direct link to the order page for IEC 60601-2-2.  You’ll have the option to choose either paper format or pdf download when you place your order.

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New MedDev and In Vitro MedDev Regulations approved in Europe

The much-anticipated updating of both the Medical Device Directive (93/42/eec) and the In Vitro Medical Device Directive (98/79/ec) have finally been formally approved.  The next step for the new MedDev and In Vitro MedDev Regulations is publication in the Official Journal.  This is expected in early May.  The official transition period should begin in June.  The new Regulations should be fully in force in three years for Medical Devices, and in five years for In Vitro Medical Devices.

The new MedDev and In Vitro MedDev Regulations have been in process for the last 8 years.  This is the first major revision of the Directives issued in the 1990’s.

Changes to the Medical Device Directive appear to be primarily a modernization of the original rules.  You can expect to see best practices from existing Commission guidance to now be included. During your transition, plan to implement requirements that have been the subject of recent harmonization.  This is particularly true in the areas of risk management and clinical evidence.  Expect to tighten up your control over your supply chain as well.

In the In Vitro Medical Device arena, you have a longer timeline for compliance with the new rules.  This implies that there are still areas needing clarification during the “secondary legislation” phase.  That said, the Regulations are a major update for the rules for these devices.  The use of 4 risk-based classes, with differing levels of requirements, will mean more extensive use of Notified Bodies during the certification process.  Performance evaluations, distribution requirements and “responsible person” requirements will all impact your certifications.

Once the 2 new regulations are published in the Official Journal, the clock is ticking.  The official text of the new regulations will be available at that time (likely early May).  Please send us an email (info@document-center.com) if you need copies.  Use “New MedDev Regs” as the subject and we’ll reply with your complimentary copies as soon as they are issued.

If you need assistance with the many standards on the Harmonized Lists for these two Regulations/Directives, please let us know.  You can search for and order standards at our webstore, www.document-center.com.  But many of our customers do have questions regarding which editions to choose, transition times, and so on.  Don’t hesitate to reach out to us.  We’re your Standards Experts!

New ISO 6579-1 adopted as EN ISO 6579-1 – Detection of Salmonella

EN ISO 6579-1, Microbiology of the food chain. Horizontal method for the detection, enumeration and serotyping of Salmonella. Detection of Salmonella spp., has just been released.  It is the European adoption of ISO 6579-1 which was issued in February.  The new standard replaces the EN ISO 6579 and the EN ISO 6785.  The ISO 6579-1 source document is complimented by Parts 2 and 3.

Protection of the food chain is an international issue.  So the detection of Salmonella is of concern to a wide variety of jurisdictions.  The EN ISO 6579-1 is specifically for Europe.  This new release expands the scope of the earlier EN ISO 6579.  This means there are a number of additional factors included in the new document that were not previous addressed.

Of course, the information in the EN ISO 6579 is incorporated into the EN ISO 6579-1.  What other changes have been made?  The committee directs your attention to the following:

  • The scope has been expanded to include samples from the primary production stage.
  • Annex D describes the detection of Salmonella Typhi and Salmonella Paratyphi.
  • Whenever possible, reference to ISO 6887 has been used for descriptions of preparations of initial suspensions.
  • The temperature range for incubation of non-selective media has been extended.
  • Choices are now available for selective enrichment.
  • In order to obtain well-isolated colonies after incubation, the inoculation of the isolation medium has become less prescriptive.
  • You can now perform the tests on only one suspect colony for confirmation.
  • Rules for performing biochemical confirmation directly on a suspect, well-isolated colony from the selective plating medium have changed.
  • Two confirmation tests have become optional and one confirmation test has been deleted.
  • Serological confirmation (to serogroup level) is described.
  • Table 1 has been improved.
  • Annex B now includes performance testing for the quality assurance of the culture media.
  • Performance characteristics of MSRV have been added to Annex C.

FYI:  There are an additional 2 Parts for the ISO 6579 series.  These include Part 2, Part 2: Enumeration by a miniaturized most probable number technique, and Part 3, Part 3: Guidelines for serotyping of Salmonella spp.

You’ll want a copy of the new publication.  And you have a number of choices for your purchase.  Head to the Document Center Inc. website for authorized copies of the standards you need.  It’s at www.document-center.com.

For a direct link to some popular choices, take a look at the following options:

ISO 6579-1 (The source document)

BS EN ISO 6579-1 (from the British Standards Institute)

SS EN ISO 6579-1 (The Swedish Edition with the same English language text)

If you still have questions about what’s best for you, just check in with our staff.  We’re available by phone (650-591-7600) and email (info@document-center.com).  We’ve been working with standards since 1982.  You’ll find us knowledgeable and easy to work with.  Make us your Standards Experts!

ASTM D3359 Updated – Adhesion Test

ASTM D3359, Standard Test Methods for Rating Adhesion by Tape Test, has just been updated.  The new 2017 Edition is available now from Document Center Inc.  You can get a single user copy in either paper format or for pdf download.  All ASTM standards can be provided as part of our Standards Online cloud service as well.

ASTM D3359 is a widely-used ASTM test method.  It allows you to determine the adhesion of a coating film to a metallic substrate.  This is done by applying and removing pressure sensitive tape over cuts made in the film.

The last edition of ASTM D3359 was in 2009, with an editorial correction from 2010.  So it’s been a while!  The new 2017 Edition is a major revision.  Even the title has been changed.  In order to really spot all the changes, you may want to purchase the redline edition.  With this option, you’ll get a clean copy of the new 2017 release as well as a copy of the old 2009 Corrected Edition that’s the “redline.”  All the changes are clearly marked.

The committee has also noted all the changes at the end of the publication.  When I say extensive, I mean it.  22 specific items are noted in the list.  Changes occur from the scope paragraph to the Annexes.  There is scarcely a section that remains untouched.  (Looks like only Section 7 and Section 10 are not modified).

If you use the ASTM D3359, you’re going to need a copy of the new Edition.  Head to the Document Center Inc. webstore at www.document-center.com.  You can search for and order standards here.  Or use this link to go directly to the order page for ASTM D3359 2017 Edition.

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Using the FSC Codes for Mil Specs and Standards

If you use Mil Specs and Standards, you’ve seen those FSC Codes — The 4 character classification codes.  What are they and how do you use them?  This is a question many folks have.  So today, let’s review this government standards classification system and see if we can get any benefit from it.

Back in the day, there were no computers and no internet.  Standards users depended on paper catalogs to help them identify and get the standards they needed.  For government contract work, there were 3 separate catalogs issued under the title Department of Defense Index of Specifications and Standards.  One volume was ordered by the document number, one was in alphabetical order by title, and the third was by the FSC code.

FSC stands for Federal Supply Classification.  It was developed in order to sort documents by topic in a way to support the government acquisition process.  It is akin to the Federal Supply Groups used to classify the many contracts available with the Federal government.  Having a section of the catalog organized by this code system was very helpful to both procurement officers and government contractors.

FSC Codes still provide a useful tool for identifying Mil Specs and Standards.  These codes are a series of 4-character numbers (or letters or a combination of both).  The first two digits signify a general topic area.  Take a look at our Document Center Overview Page for the many FSC Codes to review these areas.  From here you can drill down into the specific topic that you’re interested in.

Let’s say that you manufacture electronic components.  You’ll head to the overview page for FSC Group 59, Electrical and Electronic Equipment Components.  Here you can see there are FSC numbers for things like solenoids, microcircuits, and communication equipment.  Click on the topic you’re interested in and see all the Mil Specs and Standards on that area.  Here’s the page for the documents on Semiconductor Devices and Associated Equipment.

One thing that you will notice is that most of the documents are government publications.  Only a relatively few industry standards have been adopted for government contract work.  And because the documents are in numerical order, you may have some trouble figuring out which standard is appropriate for your situation.  We advise doing a search (control f) on the page and looking for additional keywords once you’re on one of these FSC Code pages.  Click on the document you want, and you’ll go to the order page with all the details.

There is another way to use FSC Codes.  Let’s say you’ve looked up MIL-PRF-19500/313 on the Document Center website.  But it’s not exactly what you’re looking for.  You’ll notice that the link to the FSC page for 5961 is included in the bibliographic information on this specification’s page.  Click on the link, and do a page search (control f) for Transistor, NPN, Silicon, Low Power.  Now you have 5 different documents highlighted, all on this topic.

When industry documents have been adopted by the Department of Defense, Document Center includes the FSC number included in the adoption on the document page as well.  So you may be able to review both DoD publications by FSC number and even industry documents by ICS code if available.

Finding the right standard can be a challenge.  Document Center helps you use the various tools available.  It’s just another way we’re working hard to be your Standards Experts!

IEC 62745 provides Safety Requirements for Cableless Control Systems

IEC 62745, Safety of machinery – Requirements for cableless control systems of machinery, has just been released.  This new IEC standard gives you the functional safety requirements for CCS (cableless control systems).  While prior standards have been released on the issue of RF interference, this new IEC document is much broader in its scope.

CCS refers specifically to control equipment where the controller is not tethered to the equipment by cabling at all.  This is in contrast to wireless controllers which are only partially wireless.  In this configuration, the control panel is usually connected to the equipment by cable for essential functions (start, stop, etc.).

So IEC 62745 specifically reviews the requirement for a CCS that is part of a system using an operator control station.  The goal is to reduce the risks regarding safety on these types of controlled machinery.  As CSS becomes more pervasive, safety issues rise to the top.

After the regular scope, referenced documents and definition clauses, the standard moves directly into functional requirements.  Included are operational considerations – Preventing inadvertent actuation, unauthorized operation and unintended commands.  Also discussed are a number of functional requirements.  These include data transfer and transmission, safety, reset, and other control issues.

Clause 5 covers verification, while Clause 6 reviews information for use (information to be provided by the manufacturer).  Annex A is an informative section on the logic of stop functions.  A 17-item bibliography completes the publication.

IEC 62745 is an important addition to safety standards for the modern manufacturing floor.  As we move to more automated environments, being able to safely control the equipment we use is essential.

As IEC notes, you’ll need to purchase your copy from an authorized IEC distributor like Document Center Inc.  You can search for and order all IEC standards at our webstore, www.document-center.com.  Here is a link to the order page for IEC 62745 for your convenience.

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