The Clean Water Act and Citizen Litigation

Here in the Pacific Northwest, it’s easy to take our abundance of water for granted. Our region is fortunate to have numerous streams, rivers, and lakes that we depend upon for drinking water, for recreation, and for ecological sustainability. In recent years, greater attention has been paid to understanding the impact that stormwater runoff has […]

Are You Keeping Up With UST Regulations?

Though we usually don’t notice them, underground storage tanks (USTs) are everywhere. Out of sight, however, shouldn’t mean out of mind. Because USTs often contain substances such as diesel fuel or gasoline, they’re subject to a number of regulations. These regulations ensure that owners take the appropriate steps to contain and/or prevent environmentally damaging leaks […]

EPA Proposes Rollback of Clean Water Act Regulation

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a change in definition of “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act (CWA). The move represents a long running argument between interested parties and how broad the definition should be. The definition hinges on what “navigable waters” means. A prior rule change in 2015 was […]

Updates to ISO 22000 and ISO 50001

This summer, the International Standards Organization (ISO) released updates to its 22000 and 50001 standards. While there is a 3-year transition period for currently certified organizations, it is important to be aware of these updates and adjust existing management systems to ensure continued compliance. Organizations wishing to gain initial certification in either of these standards, […]

Global Virtual Playbook

Freer Consulting has the expertise and experience to support our clients as they achieve certification in various quality standards (ISO, AISC, ISM, API, etc.). While most of our clients request support for a single site, or country, we have also successfully guided clients through certification at multiple sites, and in multiple countries. A key component […]

The Benefits of AISC Certification

The American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) is a professional organization that represents the steel construction industry in the United States. AISC offers a variety of certification programs that provide a range of benefits to individuals and companies in the industry. When a company works to obtain AISC certification, the benefits are numerous: Demonstrated expertise: […]

Management and Leadership in a Quality System

The groundwork for any quality management system begins in the organization’s management and leadership. Beyond the decision to pursue or maintain certification status, having clear communication and involvement in the process promotes continual improvement. This will also lead to more buy in from the employees and middle management of the company. One standard we work […]

Do You Need a HACCP Plan?

Food safety systems are a key part of the food production industry, designed to allow the large-scale production of food in a safe and clean environment. Having certain plans and processes in place protects consumers from physical, chemical, and biological contamination of the food they buy. Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Point (HACCP) plans achieve […]