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How Phil the Groundhog uses a Quality Management System

How Does Phil Use QMS?

Groundhog Day is the day that Punxsutawney Phil comes out of his long winter’s hibernation and predicts the forecast for either warmer weather or a longer winter.  Each year, on February 2nd, his prediction of 6 more weeks of winter or an early spring is documented on local news stations as well as on Phil’s Punxsutawney Pennsylvania home website as early as 6:00 am. Phil has been making predictions that have been documented for about 128 years, since the year 1887. 

The 7 Habits of a Highly Effective Safety Culture

How to create a culture of safety

Building a culture of safety is no simple job. Why? It’s not running the EHS management system itself, which can automate many essential functions from Incident Reporting to Risk Management to Document Control. It’s the human element. That is, trying to effect behavior change in employees.

Food Safety Management Spotlight: Top Stories for January

Top Food Safety Stories in January

2015 is underway and the Food and Beverage industry is making headlines already. From the peanut butter contamination with an unprecedented outcome to the new FSMA program, here is our round-up of the top stories in Food and Beverage for January:

How to Simplify Change through Quality Management

Change Management is Good For Business

Most people fear change. With change often meaning you are stepping out of your comfort zone and entering new territory, it’s no wonder—it’s only natural to fear the unknown.  So for a business, when the need for change comes about, this fear is magnified by the risk of jeopardizing quality. So many businesses opt to simply not change out of fear of losing functionality. But…quality may not be as difficult to achieve as you’d think. In fact, there are many ways that the Quality Management System (QMS) can help you keep up with change, automatically.

5 Lessons Your Parents Taught You About Risk Management

Lessons from your parents about risk management

Riding in the car as a kid, my mom would always warn me, “Don’t stick your arm out too far, or it might go home in another car.” Never mind this was a time when we roamed around the car freely, and forget about car seats past age three.

Top 10 OSHA Citations (and How to Avoid Them with EHS Software)

Use the EHS System to Prevent OSHA Violations

OSHA recently unveiled its Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Standards for FY 2014, with fall protection, hazard communication, scaffolding and respiratory protection at the top for the third year running. While three on the list are construction industry standards, all hold important lessons for organizations looking to keep workers safe and avoid costly penalties.

Using Bowtie Risk Assessment in Safety Management Systems

Managing Your Risk Has Its Rewards

Aviation professionals understand the power of collecting data on incidents and near-misses in a Safety Management System (SMS). Corrective and Preventive Actions (CAPA), Incident Reporting, Audit Management—all of these tools are based on conditions observed first-hand.

How to Perform a Winter Weather Preparedness Audit

Winter Weather Preparedness

For many Americans, winter weather is here sooner than expected. Headlines out of Buffalo, buried under 7 feet of snow before Thanksgiving, remind us how important preparation is when dealing with winter storms.

ISO 22004: Key Takeaways for the Food and Beverage Industry

ISO 22004 Sheds Some Light on ISO 22000

ISO 22000 defines the overall guidelines for helping food and beverage manufacturers implement a Food Safety Management System (FSMS). But with so much confusing terminology within the standard, many organizations were unsure whether they were implementing the FSMS correctly.

4 Reasons We’re Thankful for Quality Management Software

Why are you thankful for QMS?

There are plenty of reasons to be thankful for quality management. A good Quality Management System (QMS) is going to automate all of your many processes for you—from the way you manage your documents, to the way you manage your risk, to corrective actions, to sending emails, training  and more. It does a lot to help simplify your everyday tasks to take the brunt of the work out of your hands—literally.  Automated QMS allows you to step away from the desk and the process, knowing that quality won’t suffer. 

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