By: Sama  11-11-2011
Keywords: Asset Management, Physical Asset

Requests from SAAMA’s members led to the development of the SCPP examination and certification scheme. The dire need for professionalism in the management of physical assets needs no further explanation. SAAMA is therefore proud to contribute to excellence in physical asset management through the SCPP certification scheme.

Are YOU interested in writing the Exam for SAAMA Certificate for Physical Asset Management Practitioners (SCPP)?  If so you can now register directlyfor the exam!  

The TC comprised of representatives of the Department of Labour, industry specialists, rail, and governmental agencies as well as organized labour. The purpose of the TC was to revise and renew the 2003 Regulation through a series of combined sessions commencing in 2009 through to mid 2010.

SAAMA was represented by Francois Bezuidenhout  who is pleased to report that all the committee’s suggested changes were accepted by the Advisory Council for Occupational Health & Safety as was published in the Government Gazette No: 34052, Notice No: 163 on 4th March 2011. Members of other Voluntary Organisations as well as SAAMA members are free to use our Web site to comment and to take note of the fact that we will be involved with this process as requested by the DOL.

SAAMA is happy to announce that the first local steps have been taken to assist in the development of an international ISO standard for Asset Management through the first Technical Committee meeting being held at SABS on 14 May 2010. Some history on where this comes from:

The Institute of Asset Management (IAM in the UK) began this journey in 2002 when it embarked upon the development of a Publicly Available Specification (PAS) for Asset Management with the British Standards Institution (BSI).  The aim was to develop a common language for asset managers to enable people from different disciplines within the same organization, between peers and competitors and across industry sectors and national boundaries to communicate about the discipline of asset management.

In May 2004 BSI PAS 55 was published and rapidly gained popularity in the utility and transport sectors in Europe and Asia.

 As international usage grew it became apparent that a revision should be made with efforts directed towards increasing international and cross-sector participation, so that Asset Management practices from a more diverse background could be captured and disseminated. September 2008 saw the publication of BSI PAS 55:2008 which had been developed with the assistance of over 49 organisations from 15 industries in 10 different countries.The IAM believed that BSI PAS 55 can be improved even further, by incorporating wider experience and knowledge from good practice in more countries and sectors.  The next logical step was to formalise this development into an international standard for Asset Management through ISO. Consequently, a NWIP was submitted to the global members of ISO for a ballot which closed in November 2009. ISO/PC251 was then formed to start the next stage on this journey towards an International Standard in Asset Management. Each partaking country is then represented by it local standards organisation, e.g. in SA it is the SABS, who will convene and facilitate local Technical Committees to add our flavour to the PAS 55 material. This feedback is passed back to ISO, who consolidates and mediates all feedback from around the world and so it continues until enough consensus is reached and once ISO feels the standard has sufficient weight. This process will probably take 2 to 3 years with SAAMA playing a large role, together with industry representatives, in sculpting the new international standard.

Keywords: Asset Management, Physical Asset