The Good, the Bad, and ISO 55000 – The ISO 55000

terry wiremanHow can the technology of:

Internet of things (IoT)

Big Data


and ISO 55000 make an impact on the “Bad” that we see currently developing?  As was highlighted in the first blog in this series, there is a large amount of data that can be transformed into knowledge.  This knowledge, if used in the proper structure, can provide a solution to the “Bad”.  How?  It is by using the new management systems structure in ISO 55000.

The management system structure contains the following elements:, the standard says

  • The Organization (5.3)
  • Leadership (5.1)
  • Plans (4.4)
  • Support (7.1)
  • Operation (8.1)
  • Performance Evaluation (9.1)
  • Improvement (10)

(The number in parenthesis is the section in ISO 55001 where the element can be found).

While it is outside the scope of this blog to deal with all of these elements, I would like to focus on the support section, which is 7.x.  In section 7.1, the standard says:

  • The organization shall provide the resources required for meeting the asset management objectives and undertaking the activities specified in the asset management plan(s).

Many of the maintenance and reliability task items will fall into this section.  Do we have the proper amount of resources to accomplish all of the maintenance and reliability tasks to insure the assets are capable and continue to be capable of meeting the asset management objectives?  Using the data that an organization is collecting and turning it into actionable items to insure the organization has the right level of resources focused on the right activities will make this goal easier to achieve.

Many organizations will allow their assets to age and wear to the point they are no longer able to meet the design specifications.  This creates a capacity deficiency.  The lack of resources to perform maintenance activities results in the asset not being able to support the asset management objectives, which support the organizational objectives.  A company striving for ISO 55000 certification will not be able to reduce their maintenance and reliability resources to a point that it no longer supports the organizational business plan for the asset.

A second area that is noteworthy is section 7.2 Competence.  This section says:

“The organization shall:

determine the necessary competence of person(s) doing work under its control that affects its asset management performance, and

  • ensure that these persons are competent on the basis of appropriate education, training, or experience,
  • where applicable, take actions to acquire the necessary competence, and
  • evaluate the effectiveness of the actions taken, and
  • retain appropriate documented information as evidence of competence.
  • periodically review current and future competency needs and requirements

NOTE: Applicable actions may include, for example; the provision of training to, the mentoring of, or the reassignment of currently employed persons; or the hiring or contracting of competent persons.”

So this section shows that not only does a company need to have the right number of resources, but must have the right skills for their resources.  This indicates (as mentioned in the notes) that an organization would need to have on-going training programs to (1-) insure that the resources have the correct basic skills and (2-) have ongoing training to insure the resources have updated skills to properly support new assets.  If an organization was able to collect the data from the new assets (PM schedules, work activities, master data, etc.) they could use this to develop new and updated training materials.

Again, any company striving for ISO 55000 certification would need to insure that their resources (i.e. skilled technicians) would have the skills necessary to insure the assets were able to accomplish the organization’s objectives for the assets.

These were just two basic examples that show how ISO 55000 can have a positive impact on an organization wrestling with some of the “Bad” problems facing them today.  While ISO 55000 is not a panacea – Compliance with the standard can have a positive impact on businesses today.  If you have not looked into ISO-55000 yet, it might be worth a good read to see if it can help your organization.

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