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: The degree to which a set of inherent characteristics fulfils requirements ensuring that customers expressed, or implied, requirements is fully met.

ISO: International Organization for Standardization.

Because "International Organization for Standardization" would have different abbreviations in different languages ("IOS" in English, "OIN" in French for Organisation internationale de normalisation), it was decided at the outset to use a word derived from the Greek isos, meaning "equal". Therefore, whatever the country, whatever the language, the short form of the organization's name is always ISO.


ISO 9001:  Quality Management System Requirements.

The ISO 9000 family is primarily concerned with "quality management". This means what the organization does to fulfill:

  1. the customer's quality requirements, and
  2. applicable regulatory requirements, while aiming to
  3. enhance customer satisfaction, and
  4. achieve continual improvement of its performance in pursuit of these objectives.


OHSAS:Occupational Health and Safety Management System

OHSAS 18001: OHSAS 18001 is the latest certification specification for Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems. It is based on already published criteria such as BS 8800 and the Management Regulations 1992. OHSAS 18001 is an audit/certification specification, not a legislative requirement or a guide to implementation.

Joint OHSAS 18001 and ISO 9000 systems: There are several common elements between these systems, such as management review, document control, corrective action and the requirement for trained personnel. These can be integrated into a single, joint system or a combination of the above. Audit of joint systems is available and may be the best method for some companies.

Integrated systems not only help an organization internally, by reducing duplication and providing a centralized document control system, but may also offer cost benefits for a selected third-party audit.


Audit: A systematic, independent and documented process for obtaining evidence and evaluating such evidence objectively to determine the extent to which criteria are fulfilled.

Auditor: A person with the demonstrated personal attributes and competence (as defined in ISO 19011) to conduct an audit.

Lead Auditor: Lead QMS Auditor grade recognizes that an applicant has satisfied the criteria for Auditor certification and, in addition, has demonstrated the ability to manage an audit team and co-ordinate all aspects of a complete audit.

CSA – Canadian Standards Association: The Canadian Standards Association is a not-for-profit membership-based association serving business, industry, government and consumers in Canada and the global marketplace.

CSA W 178.2-01: This Standard outlines a means for certifying eligible welding inspectors by examination in one of three levels.  It describes the responsibilities associated with each level and the basic technical functions of welding inspectors. 

CWB Canadian Welding Bureau: The CWB Group is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of up to 18 members representing the metal fabrication and manufacturing industries; welding consumable manufacturers and inspection companies; the user group, including the mining and petroleum industries; and the general interest group, including the education sector and government services.

Management system: Refers to the organization's structure for managing its processes — or activities — that transform inputs of resources into a product or service which meet the organization's objectives, such as satisfying the customer's quality requirements, complying with regulations, or meeting environmental objectives.


American Society for Quality
American Society of Mechanical Engineers
British Standards Online
Canadian Welding Association
Canadian Welding Bureau
International Organization for Standardization
Moody International Group
Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems

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