The Standard section 7.1.5.2 measurement traceability is focussing on the needs for the organisation to utilise measuring and test equipment that can verify the results required to meet contractual standards. 

In most cases this equipment will need to be independently tested by approved laboratories or similar.

It is wise for the organisation to segregate all monitoring and test equipment and to regularlyinspect items for freedom from damage and ability to perform task.

An inventory should be maintained denoting the equipment type and specification and intended purpose. Its calibration status should be identified together with any approved certification. 

Some organisations perform these calibration functions ‘in-house’. However, assurances of valid results that can be subject to contractual independent tests, may be needed.

The method of calibration and frequency should be determined, together with results found. 

A clear history of the calibrated piece of equipment should be available for inspection. Storage of such items is paramount. This will include safeguarding devices from inadvertent damage.

Some organisations provide operatives with indicator only devices such as rulers and tapes. These are used where the output may not require calibration.

Calibration equipment should be stored to avoid damage by shock, vibration, excess heat,cold or tampering.

Equipment should be subject to periodic quality checks to verify the general status of items stored.

Software devices such as petrol pumps etc may require appropriate technical calibration from qualified external providers.

Where calibrated items fail to meet national standards etc the items should be withdrawn from general use.

For further information and to book your ISO9001 survey please contact: Marcus J Allen at Thamer James Ltd. Email: marcus@thamerjames.co.uk

Marcus has twenty years’ experience in delivering Governance, Risk and Compliance solutions to over two hundred organisations within the UK. Including over one hundred ISO9001 programmes.

Marcus holds a BSI ISO9001 lead auditor qualification and is registered on the BSI Associate Consultant Programme.

Marcus holds the respected Diploma in Governance, Risk and Compliance from the International Compliance Association and holds a master’s degree in Management Learning & Change from the University of Bristol. Marcus is a Fellow of the Institute of Consultants and Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.