4 Applications that Help You Get More from the Safety Management System

Posted by Rachel Beavins Tracy on Tue, Oct 06, 2015

When implementing an integrated Safety Management System (SMS), it’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the different tools and capabilities your enterprise software can provide. As a result, organizations may focus on using just a few core functions at the outset, like Safety Reporting, Corrective Action and Risk Management.

You may fully intend to expand your use of the system as you get more comfortable with it, only to find a year or more later that you still only use a handful of key software modules on a regular basis.

To help you overcome this, we’ve put together a list of 4 applications to help you leverage the full capacity of the SMS to improve safety and achieve operational excellence.

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Tags: Aviation

5 Compliance Pitfalls (and How to Avoid Them)

Posted by Rachel Beavins Tracy on Thu, Oct 01, 2015

Few industries receive the kind of pressure experienced by the life sciences industry. From pharmaceuticals to biotech, companies are expected—both by regulators and consumers—to provide safe, high quality products.

At the same time, intense competition in these industries has led to an approach that focuses more on product development than process improvement, a risky approach that can create compliance issues in the long run.

To help life science companies take a larger view, we’ve put together this list of 5 compliance pitfalls, plus tips on how to avoid them.

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4 Questions and Answers from our FSMA Webinar

Posted by Traci Slowinski on Wed, Sep 30, 2015

FSMA is Here!! Are you ready for that first FSMA focused inspection? Foodborne illness (FBI) is a significant burden to the US, causing about 48 million Americans to become ill, approximately 128,000 of these people to be hospitalized and almost 3,000 deaths each year. FDA’s response to this growing concern was to beef up regulations by implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act, more commonly known as FSMA.

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Tags: Q&A

Oh No…They’re Here! A Tale about Audit/Inspection Readiness [Plus Podcast on Preparing for FSMA]

Posted by Traci Slowinski on Tue, Sep 29, 2015

I used to work for a popular family restaurant (you may have heard references to it in your favorite geek show). They have a great 3rd party audit program. Quarterly, unannounced visits from their auditor were meant to keep them on their toes and help identify any gaps that may be occurring within each location. Twice a year, a company QA person (namely me and my colleagues) would go out with the auditor to shadow them.

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Tags: Traci's Tidbits

5 Ways to Leverage SMS Data for Better Safety

Posted by Rachel Beavins Tracy on Thu, Sep 24, 2015

We live in a data-driven world, from Fitbits recording our sleep and exercise habits to the widespread adoption of electronic medical records. Technology advances mean individuals and organizations have more data than ever before at their fingertips.

But as any expert will tell you, technology on its own doesn’t mean a thing—success lies in how you use it. What good are these mountains of data, if we’re not using them to drive better results?

It’s a big challenge for aviation, especially as technology continues to change how companies manage safety. To help you get the most from your automated Safety Management System (SMS), let’s jump into 5 ways you can leverage data for improved safety results.

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Tags: Aviation

Where Quality and Environmental Health and Safety Meet [Roundup]

Posted by Brenda Percy on Tue, Sep 22, 2015

In this roundup, we pull from the EtQ archives to show you the benefits of an integrated Quality and Environmental Health and Safety (QEHS) system.  Read on to learn the similarities between Quality and EHS systems in terms of ISO standards, learn about the benefits of combining these initiatives into one system and more.

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4 Elements to Look for in an Effective Mobile QMS

Posted by Rachel Beavins Tracy on Thu, Sep 17, 2015

When mobility first appeared on the horizon for quality management, technology still had a long way to go. Blackberrys were all the rage, and tablets were still just a twinkle in Steve Jobs’ eye.

From our perspective now, it’s easy to see where early solutions didn’t quite measure up. The next generation of mobile quality management software has made big improvements over early rollouts, but it’s not always obvious what to look for when evaluating whether a given mobile Quality Management System (QMS) fits your needs.

Within this context, let’s go beyond the surface and dig into 4 things you should look for in an effective mobile QMS.

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Assessing the Compliance of Your Food Supply Chain: An Integrated Approach 

Posted by Traci Slowinski on Wed, Sep 16, 2015

In this post, I captured some of the best practices being implemented by food safety professionals across the world, during my interactive workshop at ‘ENG Global Food Safety 2015’ which took place on September 8th and 9th in Amsterdam.

The session, ‘An integrated approach to assess the compliance health of your supply chain’ focused on how to manage the risks associated with third party suppliers and other external partners.

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The EHS Management Version of the 3 Little Pigs 

Posted by Rachel Beavins Tracy on Tue, Sep 15, 2015

Once upon a time there was a family of pigs. Mother Pig knew she had to protect her piglets from the Big Bad Wolf, so she made safety training a priority. She taught her pigs about Risk Management and wolf safety. She showed them risk matrices and decision trees, teaching them to reduce risk through careful planning.

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Tags: Environmental Health and Safety

Back to School Checklist: Quality Management Edition

Posted by Rachel Beavins Tracy on Thu, Sep 10, 2015

There’s something about fall that feels more like the start of a new year to me than January does. Maybe it’s summer winding down, or maybe it’s getting caught up in the back to school frenzy. Either way, I always feel the need to get organized for a last burst of productivity at the end of the year.

If you’re getting ready to make a similar end-of-year push (maybe before some much-needed time off), you might consider how to leverage the Quality Management System (QMS) to get more done. With that in mind, I’ve compiled a back to school checklist of tips to help you take a fresh look at your processes and technology use.

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Tags: Quality Management