Rethinking FMEA, Selecting the Right EQMS and 4th of July Factoids

Posted by Brenda Percy on Thu, Jul 02, 2015

In this week’s roundup, we compiled stories about general quality. Should you rethink your Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA)? What should you look for in an Enterprise Quality Management System (EQMS) provider? Read more to learn the answers to these questions from industry leaders. We conclude this week’s roundup with our Fourth of July factoids…with a Quality spin of course.

Rethinking Failure Mode and Effects Analysis

Author: John Flaig, Ph.D. via Quality Digest

In this article, John Flaig of the American Society for Quality, lists some of the deficiencies seen in Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA) and explores the areas in which improvements can be made. Some of the issues he considers include math errors, detection weaknesses and lack of independence. Learn where these areas can be improved upon to ensure success in the FMEA. Read more.


With EQMS Implementation on the Rise, Proper Selection Is Key

Author: Greg Goodwin via LNS Research Blog

Cloud solutions, mobility, increased automation and other technology solutions have taken hold of the market, enabling manufacturers to collaborate better, quickly and accurately respond to demand and get greater visibility into all processes across the enterprise. The result? The quality bar is higher now than ever before. In this article, LNS Research’s Greg Goodwin looks into the importance of proper Enterprise Quality Management System (EQMS) selection and why these systems have gone from a “nice to have” to a necessity. Read more.


Fourth of July Factoids, with a Quality and EHS Management Spin

Author: Tim Lozier via EtQ Blog

This week we celebrate Independence Day here in the US, and it is a time to reconnect with family, grill your favorite meats, and celebrate being off from work.  I had come across a few interesting factoids and, in true non-sequitur fashion, thought I'd apply them to our common Quality and EHS Management Software solutions.  Enjoy! Read more.

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How to Manage Food Safety Risk throughout the Supply Chain (Podcast)

Posted by Traci Slowinski on Tue, Jun 30, 2015

Risk seems to be the new buzzword in the Food and Beverage industry. Whether you are talking about the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), Hazard Analysis and Risk-based Preventive Controls (HARPC), ISO standards or Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) certification, identifying and mitigating risk is a top priority for all of us. Risk has become the focal point for compliance initiatives. And risk assessment is becoming more complex as our supply chain expands. It is important to look at risk within your own facilities and it is becoming more critical than ever to also look at it throughout the whole supply chain, from farm to fork. Thankfully technology has been evolving to help address this increased risk focus. You must look beyond Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) to manage your hazards, and using risk management tools will ensure you have covered all your bases.

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Tags: Traci's Tidbits

Coming Together for FSMA, Traceability in the Food and Beverage Industry and More

Posted by Brenda Percy on Thu, Jun 25, 2015

This week’s roundup is dedicated to the Food and Beverage industry. Read on to view a video blog for insight on FSMA from various experts, learn the importance of taking a holistic approach to traceability, and get 6 helpful tips on choosing your FSMS vendor.

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The EHS Management Guide to Summer 2015 Movie Blockbusters

Posted by Rachel Beavins Tracy on Tue, Jun 23, 2015


Summer 2015 is shaping up as one of the hottest blockbuster seasons in years, with multiple reboots of popular franchises as well as some new stories. We’re giving readers the EHS management version of the summer’s top hits, so buckle up and put on your hearing conservation equipment—it’s going to be a wild ride.

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Tags: Fun Takes

The Language of Workplace Safety, an EHS Version of Snow White and More

Posted by Brenda Percy on Thu, Jun 18, 2015

In this week’s roundup, we focus on the Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) industry. Read on for industry articles about motivating employees through the language of workplace safety, creating a need for change, as well as our version of Snow White…with an EHS twist.

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4 Things to Look for in an Automated SMS

Posted by Rachel Beavins Tracy on Tue, Jun 16, 2015


No doubt about it, it’s been a headline-grabbing year for airplane incidents. Despite these tragic events, experts agree it’s safer to fly than ever before. A big part of that increased safety comes from advances in technology, particularly when it comes to automating the Safety Management System (SMS).

As more and more carriers adopt Integrated Aviation Management Systems to meet the various safety, environmental and quality standards set forth by regulatory agencies, they’re looking at new ways to automate their processes, save time and reduce errors.

What should you look for when evaluating automated SMS software? Let’s look at 4 essential capabilities.

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Tags: Aviation

FDA Releases Draft Guidance for Postapproval Change, Trends in Wearable Technology and More

Posted by Brenda Percy on Thu, Jun 11, 2015

This week’s roundup of industry articles focuses on Life Sciences.  Read on as we look into the FDA's draft guidance on postapproval change strategies and the trends and benefits of wearable medical devices. We also look into the EtQ archives to give you four reasons Life Sciences can move compliance to the cloud.

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5 Tips for Stronger Job Safety Analysis

Posted by Rachel Beavins Tracy on Tue, Jun 09, 2015

The Job Safety Analysis (JSA) reduces risk by assessing hazards at each step in the procedure, helping identify both the appropriate PPE needed as well as steps to mitigate hazards.

In addition to helping plan for safe work, JSAs are a key tool for areas like reporting, investigating near-misses and Employee Training. It’s important to get it right, given how often these forms are used.

Here, we give you some strategies to improve your JSAs to reduce workplace risk and help you get the most from your EHS management software.

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Tags: Environmental Health and Safety

Careful Not to Overlook Your Risk Knowledgebase, A New Way to Look at ROI and More

Posted by Brenda Percy on Thu, Jun 04, 2015

This week’s post includes a roundup of articles on looking to your internal experts to improve Risk Management, the correlation between return on investment and your personality type, and asks—flexibility, streamlined…what do these words mean to you? Find out the value as we take a look back into the EtQ archives to discover the “why” behind these commonly used words.

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Are These Fairy Tale Villains Lurking in Your Quality Management Forest?

Posted by Rachel Beavins Tracy on Tue, Jun 02, 2015

I recently saw Into the Woods, and even though I don’t usually like musicals made into movies, it wasn’t half bad. If you haven’t heard of it, the plot is a mashup of several fairy tales, with the woods representing a place people must journey through (and where danger lurks).

Similarly, quality is a journey with its own twists and turns. You can’t always tell what’s around the corner, and over time you’re bound to run into some scary problems.

It got me thinking about villains lurking in the quality management forest. With that in mind, here’s a list of common enemies you may have to battle against.

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Tags: Quality Management