The Connection Between Quality and Lab Safety

[fa icon="calendar'] Thu, Jan 19, 2017 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

Imagine two laboratory technicians, one fresh out of grad school and one who’s been working in the lab for years.

The new grad is highly conscientious and detail-oriented when it comes to safety—always has her hair tied back, never wears open-toed shoes. She reads the safety data sheet (SDS) before using chemicals and leaves the fume hood tidy, even putting away volatile chemicals left behind by others.

The experienced lab tech, however, has grown lax after working in the facility for several years. He’s the funny guy, the one who likes to scare newbies with small explosions made by throwing small amounts of catalyst into water. One time the washroom caught on fire because he improperly disposed of leftover acetone, but small lab fires aren’t unheard of.

Now ask yourself honestly—which one of these technicians do you think keeps better records? Who is more likely to identify an out-of-specification/out-of-trend (OOS/OOT) incident or notice a lab  equipment maintenance/calibration issue? And most importantly, who is going to consistently produce the higher quality product?

The answer is simple—it’s the person with the safety mindset.

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Life Sciences

The Great 2015 ISO14001 Overhaul – What Changes for Your Business?

[fa icon="calendar'] Wed, Jan 18, 2017 / by Tim Lozier

In a Climate of Costly Compliance and Increasing Regulation, the Revised ISO 14001 Requirements for Environmental Management Make a Refreshing Change

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Sustainability Trends in the Food and Beverage Industry

[fa icon="calendar'] Tue, Jan 17, 2017 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

Experts estimate the global population will reach 9.7 billion by 2050. Over that same period, food demand may rise as much as 98% as the standard of living rises in developing countries.

At the same time, global climate change has the potential to limit crop yields due to extreme heat and precipitation changes. Even if some regions benefit from an increased growing season, the need to double food production still represents a major challenge for current and future generations.

While agriculture represents most of the environmental resources used to make food, the food and beverage industry can play a key role in helping address some of these challenges.

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Food and Beverage

6 Critical Audit Capabilities in Aviation Safety Management Systems

[fa icon="calendar'] Thu, Jan 12, 2017 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

The word audit is enough to make some people cringe, and not just because it conjures images of the IRS knocking on your door. Even in the safety world, audits are often seen as a huge drag due the massive amount of work involved.

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Aviation Safety Management

ISO 45001 – How Will an H&S Management System Reduce Risk?

[fa icon="calendar'] Wed, Jan 11, 2017 / by Doug Hatler

Is Your Organization Ready for New Health and Safety Regulations? The New ISO 45001 Standard Will Be Published Next Year

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What Does “Risk-Based Thinking” Mean in the Context of New ISO Standards?

[fa icon="calendar'] Tue, Jan 10, 2017 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

Risk has always had an implicit role in ISO standards, but newer versions are giving risk a more prominent place in quality and environmental management standards. Updated standards like ISO 9001:2015 and 14001:2015 require companies to apply risk-based thinking to a variety of processes across planning, operations and performance evaluation.

But what exactly does ISO mean by risk-based thinking? A deeper look reveals that while it’s not the same as risk management, automated risk management tools can help you incorporate risk-based thinking into your processes.

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Quality Management Risk Management

5 Ways an EHS Management System Drives Value

[fa icon="calendar'] Thu, Jan 05, 2017 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

The number of companies certified to ISO 14001 for Environmental Management Systems increased 14 percent in the U.S. in 2014, also showing strong growth in China. The increasing prevalence of these systems underscores the value companies derive from them.

In this post, we’ll look at 5 key ways that an EHS Management System can drive value in your company.

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3 Key Takeaways from an Independent Survey of EHS Professionals

[fa icon="calendar'] Wed, Jan 04, 2017 / by Alexa Sussman

The EHS industry is unique in that it is less involved in the technology discussion than many other industries. But it’s important that EHS managers know the types of software available to them to make informed decisions and improve their operations.

Recently, Verdantix surveyed over 300 EHS professionals to find out more about their technology preferences, to gain insight into this elusive topic.

Here are three of the main takeaways that we learned from this survey.

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Automating Compliance Management in the Life Sciences

[fa icon="calendar'] Wed, Jan 04, 2017 / by Alexandre Alain

Achieve Pharmaceutical Regulatory Compliance with an Integrated Approach to Quality and Compliance Management

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The History of Quality Management

[fa icon="calendar'] Tue, Jan 03, 2017 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

If you ask most people where quality management was born, they’ll probably point you to the Toyota Production System, widely considered the foundation of lean manufacturing.

But while Toyota might be one of the biggest names associated with quality management, its true history is more complex.

Today’s post looks at the history of quality management, starting from the early days moving through its modern evolution and future trajectory.

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Quality Management

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