5 Risk Management Lessons Life Sciences Can Learn From Other High-Risk Industries

[fa icon="calendar'] Thu, Jun 30, 2016 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

There are two types of people in this world: people who accept the status quo because “that’s the way we’ve always done things,” and people who are always looking for a fresh perspective on how to improve their work.

And while at first glance industries like pharmaceuticals and oil and gas may seem a world apart, there are lessons life sciences companies can learn from studying other high-risk industries like energy and chemicals. Let’s take a look at 5 of them.

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Life Sciences

The Corrective Action Web: Why Integration is Key to Adverse Event Resolution

[fa icon="calendar'] Tue, Jun 28, 2016 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

When we look at problems in isolation, it tends to slow our response time. For example, if you were to look at a child whose grades were slipping, it would be a mistake to focus solely on GPA and academic potential. Considering the full context of the student’s life, you might see the kid is struggling with a difficult home situation, or maybe not getting enough sleep.

The same goes for resolving adverse events in the quality management world. Taking a problem at face value without understanding it in context slows down the time it takes to get to the true root of the issue. What’s more, a lack of integrated tools slows down the time it takes to actually resolve the problem.

Let’s look at some areas where integration of Corrective Action tools with other quality management processes helps resolve adverse events faster.

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General Quality

Guest Post from HighPoint Solutions: A Quicker (and Cheaper!) QMS Implementation Using Agile Scrum Methodology

[fa icon="calendar'] Mon, Jun 27, 2016 / by Andrew Winkler

Traditionally, software implementations follow the Waterfall Model of development—a rigid, very sequential methodology.

With this model, the Design is defined upfront based on the preliminary Requirements, and System Testing only occurs after a full-blown Development cycle. The problem with that approach is it leaves little room for revisions—requirements often change, and priorities need to shift. The process needs to be…agile. (Pun completely intended.)

Scrum differs from Waterfall in that it is an iterative (yet still sequential) development methodology, allowing for more feedback and testing cycles during the design and development process. 

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Quality Management

3 Simple Solutions for Streamlining OSHA Reporting

[fa icon="calendar'] Thu, Jun 23, 2016 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

Maintaining accurate records of workplace injuries and illnesses is a big deal. Sure, OSHA may not be knocking on your door today, but get caught without the proper records and you could be looking at fines totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Hopefully, injuries aren’t a regular occurrence at your facility. But regardless of your track record, each individual work-related injury or illness must be recorded on no less than three different forms—the incident report, the injury log and the year-end summary.

How can you simplify OSHA reporting, so you can get it right while reducing the administrative burden? This post outlines a few simple tips to streamline the process.

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Food Litigation – What Happens When a Regulatory Body Investigates You?

[fa icon="calendar'] Wed, Jun 22, 2016 / by Tim Lozier

Food and drink companies in the UK face severe new penalties in food litigation cases if they fall foul of the law. Prepare now before your business is investigated

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A Continuous Improvement Approach to Strengthening Your SMS

[fa icon="calendar'] Tue, Jun 21, 2016 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

For many business objectives, the name of the game is continuous improvement. There’s no end point where you can rest on your laurels, something that’s true whether we’re talking about safety, financial performance or operational excellence.

Continuous improvement requires analyzing not just results, but also the systems used to achieve them. This includes digging deep into your Safety Management System (SMS) and asking if there are ways to improve how you use it.

Let’s look at how you can strengthen your SMS, based on the Plan-Do-Check-Act approach to continuous improvement.

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The Classic Rock Guide to Food Safety

[fa icon="calendar'] Thu, Jun 16, 2016 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

At first glance, you might think rock music has little in common with food safety. After all, food safety is all about compliance, while rock typically deals with themes around not complying with The Man.

But if you listen closer, you’ll find inspiration for your food safety goals in many popular rock songs. To help you see the parallels, we’ve put together this classic rock guide to food safety, including our own interpretation of the decoded lyrics.

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Food and Beverage

The Proactive Quality Economy – Reputation Management

[fa icon="calendar'] Thu, Jun 16, 2016 / by Tim Lozier

Is Your Organization’s Reputation at Risk?

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Do Leadership Skills Affect Compliance? 4 Tips to Improve Both

[fa icon="calendar'] Tue, Jun 14, 2016 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

In any organization, company culture is the bedrock of success. It’s true whether we’re talking about innovation, operational excellence or even compliance. 

What’s more, building a culture committed to compliance doesn’t start at the bottom—it starts at the top. That’s because for people to consistently follow policies, procedures and guidelines, there needs to be strong leadership in place.

In this context, this post looks at 4 key strategies for improving leadership goals to improve compliance.

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Life Sciences

Comparing the Costs of Good Quality vs. Poor Quality

[fa icon="calendar'] Thu, Jun 09, 2016 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

It can be difficult for quality managers to get budgets approved for new investments in quality, whether we’re talking about an automated Quality Management System (QMS) or a new ISO certification effort.

But when you break down the numbers, it’s clear these investments can easily pay for themselves many times over, even just a short time after implementation. In this post, we’ll compare the costs of good quality versus poor quality to show how this works.

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Life Sciences

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