Metrics to Help You Gauge SMS Effectiveness

[fa icon="calendar'] Thu, Oct 20, 2016 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

Since 1998, the aviation industry and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have reduced the fatality risk of air travel by a full 83 percent. The FAA’s goal is to cut that risk in half by 2025, one reason why the agency is requiring most commercial airlines to implement a Safety Management System (SMS) by 2018.

Achieving such ambitious safety goals calls for more than just a “check the box” approach, requiring companies take a hard look at whether or not their SMS is truly effective.

With that in mind, this post offers a variety of metrics you can use to measure SMS effectiveness.

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How Will Brexit Affect Regulatory Compliance in the Food Industry?

[fa icon="calendar'] Wed, Oct 19, 2016 / by Tim Lozier

As the Dust Settles on the UK’s Vote to Leave the EU, Are We Any Clearer on What Post-Brexit Compliance Will Look Like in the Food and Drink Sector?

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How an FSMS Supports the 7 Principles of HACCP

[fa icon="calendar'] Tue, Oct 18, 2016 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) compliance dates are approaching, with many companies required to establish a food safety system that analyzes hazards and implements risk-based preventive controls.

A Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) plan has long been one of the main standards for developing such a system. Integrated Food Safety Management System (FSMS) software provides a simplified way to streamline compliance with the new requirements.

To see how, this post will look at the ways an FSMS supports the 7 principles of HACCP.

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How to Avoid These Top 7 FDA Compliance Pitfalls

[fa icon="calendar'] Thu, Oct 13, 2016 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

The number of warning letters sent by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) jumped nearly 80 percent from 2007 to 2013, with life science companies contributing the most to this number.

Staying ahead of FDA compliance issues can be a difficult task, especially when you consider all the moving parts involved in the pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing process.

In this post, we’ll take a look at the top FDA compliance pitfalls, with proven strategies on how you can avoid them.

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The Proactive Quality Economy and Business Change

[fa icon="calendar'] Wed, Oct 12, 2016 / by Tim Lozier

How Resilient Is Your Quality Culture?

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4 Risk Assessment Tools All Quality Pros Should Have in Their Toolbox

[fa icon="calendar'] Tue, Oct 11, 2016 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

In work and in life, success is often the result of hard work and persistence rather than genius or inborn talent. And while some people are naturals when it comes to crunching numbers, others know you don’t have to have all the answers—you just have to know where to find them.

In quality management, making the right choice comes down to having the right tools at hand. In this post, we’ll look at 4 critical risk assessment tools all quality professionals should have in their toolbox.

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Integrating Wearable Devices Into Your EHS Management Process

[fa icon="calendar'] Thu, Oct 06, 2016 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

In November 2015, Honeywell and Intel unveiled their proof of concept for a wearable smart device that connects workers to industrial monitoring systems.

What makes the Connected Worker so unique is that it combines multiple functions, including:

  • Location monitoring.
  • Activity detection.
  • Non-verbal gesture tracking.
  • Heart rate monitor.
  • Toxic gas monitor.

The device can feed real-time data to monitoring systems, allowing for more robust hazard identification and injury prevention. It’s an innovative example of the wearable devices flooding the market, which many expect will be mainstream by 2020

And while 68% of companies say wearable devices are a priority for the company, it rarely makes sense from a strategic standpoint to jump at every new tool that becomes available.

In this post, we’ll look at how to integrate wearable devices into your EHS management program within the framework of the traditional plan-do-check-act process.

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The Proactive Quality Economy – People First

[fa icon="calendar'] Wed, Oct 05, 2016 / by Tim Lozier

People First – A Second Chance to Catch Recent EtQ Blog Posts on the Importance of People in Quality Management

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Quality Management

The Relationship Between Safety, Sustainability and Operational Excellence

[fa icon="calendar'] Tue, Oct 04, 2016 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

Companies tend to view safety and sustainability in isolation from one another. It’s only natural, given that safety is largely a regulatory mandate while sustainability is more often treated like a marketing campaign.

But the truth is, companies that operate unsustainably are more likely to have safety problems, just as you would expect companies with a poor safety record to have weak sustainability performance.

Ultimately, both safety and sustainability are important if companies want to achieve operational excellence. In this post, we’ll look at the connections between safety, sustainability and operational excellence, highlighting how integration of safety and sustainability efforts is an effective strategy for achieving operational excellence.

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4 Document Control Gaps That Can Cause Big Problems (and How to Avoid Them)

[fa icon="calendar'] Thu, Sep 29, 2016 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

Document control is central to certification and regulatory requirements that include multiple ISO standards, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP).

And yet, according to a McKinsey & Company report, employees spend almost 20% of their time searching for and gathering internal information. That means out of every 5 workers, only 4 are actually getting work done at any given moment.

The problem points to how common document control problems are in many organizations. In this post, we’ll examine 4 of the most common document control gaps and what you can do to fix them.

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