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Safety courses, CPR or first aid as part of accreditation

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Safety courses, CPR or first aid as part of accreditation

I am still busy with my process of ISO implementation. Can you please assist me with the following  question:

Do I have to have any safety courses, CPR or first aid as part of accreditation?

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Tracey Evans Feb 11, 2021

You do not have to have safety courses, CPR or first aid to meet accreditation requirements.  ISO 17025 accreditation does not specifically include Health and safety requirements. As a laboratory you should of course, comply with all Health, Safety and Environmental protection regulations of your country; and personnel need suitable training and knowledge. Typically these requirements are covered under a separate programme and documentation, usually via a policy and manual. This means that the accreditation body will not directly assess the laboratory on these issues, unless linked to an ISO 17025 requirement that could jeopardise the consistent, impartial operation to produce valid results – for example cross contamination.  What ISO 17025 does require, stipulated in clause 5.4, is that Laboratory activities must be carried out in such a way as to meet the requirements of regulatory authorities, organizations providing recognition and customers. These requirements could be integrated into one management system or could be separate. 

For more information on 17025 requirements, have a look at the Whitepaper Clause-by-clause explanation of ISO 17025:2017, which will assist you with ISO 17025 awareness, available at https://info.advisera.com/17025academy/free-download/clause-by-clause-explanation-of-iso-17025/ and the ISO 17025 Toolkit at https://advisera.com/17025academy/iso-17025-documentation-toolkit/

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