PAS-55 and ISO 55000 are around the corner… Are You Prepared?
There are a few things that you can, and probably should be doing anyway, which will help your organization be in shape to embrace the new Asset Management Milestone.
These new standards will reflect in immediate improvements to your operation even if you are never required to be certified.
As we know: ISO comes from the Greek “isos”-“Equal” and was adopted by the International Organization for Standardization in order to avoid diversity of acronyms derived of the translation of the organization’s name in each language.
Soon to be published ISO-55000 will focus on the best practices of Asset Management’s Standardization. No doubt our Maintenance Profession has turn into adulthood. Today most organizations recognize the critical need to operate all of our plants, buildings, and infrastructures with optimal security and reliability.
It is a fascinating time if we remember how Maintenance in the past was seen as a “second class citizen” in the productive environment.
As big as it sounds, ISO-55000 is a friendly standard which, as well as its predecessors, complying with them establishes conditions that benefit the operation even if your business is not yet certified.
In this case the focus is on the Risk and Reliability of the Critical Assets. Some logical background is for the most part already built in most World-Class organizations:
Disciplined historic registry of our assets, including all kinds of issues which might have affected, challenged, or jeopardized their optimal functionality
A true, deep, RCA – Root Cause Analysis culture
A solid awareness of every individual in the organization about the responsibility and accountability they all have in the optimal operation of the business.
One step beyond “Continuous improvement” where we would accept even if minor all kinds of improvements. Now we are talking “Excellence”
Indeed, Asset Management optimization is required and no longer is the sole responsibility of one or two departments.
Engineering, Maintenance, have been considered the natural response to all asset issues in the past.
These areas of responsibility must now be strongly supported by the rest of the people, whatever their current charge, so that each one asks himself or herself:
Not only “how can something be improved” but “What is the best I can do to contribute in the avoidance of risk and increase of reliability of the assets?”
“How can I get really involved in the process so that our organization complies with its mission and vision?”
“What information do I need to Learn and Who do I need to Communicate with, in order to belong into this New Approach to business?”
How to benefit from the ISO-55000 Standard even if we do not pursue Certification?
ISO Standards have been around for more than half a Century. Some companies, especially those doing International business, have been required to get certified in the different versions depending on their markets. However for the most part, certification entities do a good job, though it might be burdensome and costly.
Some wise organizations that are more abundant, simply take the benefits form the standards, improving the quality of their processes, the environment-friendliness of their installations, etc.
With ISO-55000 we will be seeing pretty much the same phenomenon, but now looking at Asset Management, Reliability, and Total Participation. Like when with ISO-9000 we all became more involved in Quality issues; and with ISO 14000 we became aware of environmental impact and responsibilities.
ISO-55000will help organizations achieve:
Personnel with a higher level of understanding of the importance of Asset Management
More integration of the different responsibility groups (departments), within the organization
Emphasis on training and upkeep of data bases in the CMMS and EAM systems.
Higher profile of Transparency and Communication between assignments and specialties
More ownership of situations and problems which can compromise the operation
More initiatives and exchange of opinions from everyone to reduce the risks to the Reliability of the assets.
Even if none of your customers requires this Certification, aiming at its compliance will bring up the quality of your Asset Management processes. The reliability will improve, the cost of maintenance and operation will drop, and the productivity will be World-Class Aligned!