How do I get hold of British and International Standards? Use BS Online!

Did you know that Swansea University provides access to UK and ISO (international) standards from the British Standards Institute (BSI) via the database BS Online? There are standards which are of interest to School of Management students covering Supply Chain Management, Sustainability, Business Continuity, Customer Service, Risk, Security, and Environmental Management. For instance, you might consider how organisations use health and safety standards to help reduce accidents in the workplace, or look at a quality management standard to boost efficiency and reduce product failure.

In simple terms, a ‘standard’ is an agreed (standardised) way of doing something. Standards cover a range of organisational activities, including product manufacture, managing a process, service delivery, materials supply and others.

Within the UK, all standards are published by the BSI. The BSI standards can be expensive to buy (sometimes £100s!), so the best way to access them is via the Swansea University subscription to BS Online. We’ve already paid for this, so you won’t have to pay again! There’s some more information and a guide available on Blackboard.

If you’re still a bit confused about what a standard is, or would like to find out more about how they’re written, there’s some useful information on the BSI website. (Don’t try to access the actual standards from the website, though – use BS Online so you don’t have to pay!)

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