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6.2 Reasons for shunning ISO 9000

Low Sui Pheng Chartridge Books Oxford ePub


ISO 9000 for small construction firms

6.1 Introduction

The application of ISO 9000 Quality Management Systems (QMS) seems to be confined presently to the larger construction firms and not their smaller counterparts. However, many of the smaller firms are employed by large construction firms as their subcontractors. It therefore appears that QMS should also be extended to the smaller construction firms if the long-term objective of developing a construction industry which is capable of producing consistently good quality work is to be achieved (Low, 1995). This chapter presents the findings of a survey which examined the reasons why small construction firms are not receptive to ISO 9000. It also suggests measures to overcome some of the hurdles currently faced by small construction firms when developing and implementing quality management systems within their organisations. Total Quality Management within the construction industry can be achieved only when both large and small contractors have implemented quality management systems in their operations.

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Tool C: Public Interest Organizations

Tom Devine Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

In addition to the Government Accountability Project, the following public interest organizations may be of assistance to corporate whistleblowers.

Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)

454 Shotwell St.

San Francisco, CA 94110-1914



Tel: (415) 436-9333

Fax: (415) 436-9993

Founded in 1990, EFF confronts cutting-edge issues in free speech, privacy, and consumer rights by blending the expertise of lawyers, policy analysts, activists, and technologists.

Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC)

1718 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 200

Washington, DC 20009


Tel: (202) 483-1140

Fax: (202) 483-1248

EPIC is a public interest research center in Washington, DC. It was established in 1994 to focus public attention on emerging civil liberties issues and to protect privacy, the First Amendment, and constitutional values.

Make It Safe Coalition

c/o Government Accountability Project



Tel: (202) 418-0034

This nonpartisan, transideological coalition of good government, taxpayer watchdog, transparency, consumer, professional, libertarian, and labor organizations is the umbrella for nearly all organized whistleblower rights advocacy in the United States. From 2007 to 2010, it has sponsored an annual May whistleblower conference in Washington, DC.

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2 The Politics of Precariousness

Molé, Noelle J. ePub

Endemic uncertainty is what will mark the lifeworld and the basic existence of most people.

—Ulrich Beck (1999)

We have noted a definite incapacity on the part of companies to evaluate the human and economic damage caused by mobbing.

—Maria Grazia Cassitto, psychologist (in Fiorii 2006)

In the world of Italian blogs about work, one proclaims: “Mobbing is a monster which appears at the tip of your toes, delicately, it intensifies with its little criticisms, then grows into professional and human isolation . . . and ends up with public verbal aggression and culminates in the end of employment” (di Tacco 2008). The blogs author positions mobbing, not the mobber, as monstrous. Mobbing enters and disrupts the individual’s body; it is an omen that the worker’s social body could collapse. While mobbing discourse like this often vilifies widespread organizational malfunctioning, this large-scale social turmoil is also embodied within single moral anomalies: the mobber as predatory evildoer. This is not surprising as both an agent-less form of social exclusion from the labor market and a hostile work-stripping aggressor are monsters—capitalist monsters because what is at stake is workers’ economic fate. Italy’s mobbing pioneer Harald Ege, who likens mobbing to a “war at work,” warns potential victims: “Be courageous and determined! . . . Your job is in play, what earns you a living and lets you live!” (2002: 51). Within Italy’s shifting labor regime, workers identify their own employment as vital but also at risk, and their intensifying vulnerability is a signal that new monsters are invading the workforce. If, for Marx, capitalism “implies a symbolic death,” then, Annalee Newitz reasons, capitalist monsters represent this “pretense of death” (2006: 6). They “embody the contradictions of a culture where making a living often feels like dying” (2).

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7.8 Proposed construction quality costs quantifying system (CQCQS)

Low Sui Pheng Chartridge Books Oxford ePub


A system for quantifying construction quality costs

7.1 Introduction

There are three components that make up quality costs: Prevention, Appraisal and Failure costs. The ISO 9000 standard introduces a quality management system that has been widely claimed would reduce the costs of business. One of the ways it does this is through a reduction in quality costs. The ISO 9000 quality management system establishes work procedures that reduce defects. Proper design and implementation of these work procedures lead to reduced wastage as more work would be done right the first time. Ultimately, the costs of operation would decrease. However, no study has been done based on the above premise. Although it has been widely claimed that ISO 9000 would reduce the costs of doing business, no studies have been undertaken within the context of ISO 9000 certified construction firms. Due to this vacuum, this chapter proposes a cost system to capture site quality costs. The aims of this chapter are to:

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8. Who Regulates Water Use?

Porter, Charles R. Texas A&M University Press ePub


The rights to water and the conditions under which it may be used are further complicated in Texas because they are directly and indirectly subject to the jurisdiction of a myriad of governmental agencies, including these:

• Texas Commission on Environmental Quality;

• Texas Parks and Wildlife Department;

• one or more of the 99 groundwater conservation districts across the state;

• other special districts, such as the Edwards Aquifer Authority and the Houston-Galveston Subsidence District;

• municipalities, some of which are very powerful and influential, such as the San Antonio Water System (SAWS);

• river authorities, such as the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA)

• US Fish and Wildlife Service;

• US Environmental Protection Agency;

• rules of the Watermaster Program in Texas;

• rules and regulations of irrigation districts around Texas; and

• Texas Water Development Board.

This chapter, for the purposes of clarity and space, discusses in detail GCDs, the Edwards Aquifer Authority, the Watermaster Program, and the river authorities, with focus on the LCRA. Keep in mind that each municipality and many counties may also exert some jurisdiction over water in their areas. Some federal agencies have supralegal authority over the state agencies, but since the federal agencies are rarely involved in the day-to-day permitting and water management, detail about their activities is not included. I do mention, where appropriate, the significant effect of the federal agencies on any one water management and allocation situation statewide. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has an impact on water management policies mostly through the wildlife management plans it supports statewide.

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