6 Signs You Need a Food Safety Management System

Posted by Rachel Beavins Tracy on Thu, Feb 04, 2016

Listeria. Mislabeled packaging. Foreign supplier issues. Dozens of risks threaten food companies today, especially as the global supply chain grows more complex.

With recent regulatory advances like the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), many companies are making significant progress in addressing food safety protections. And yet, many don’t recognize the need to implement formal Food Safety Management Systems (FSMS) until it’s too late. In this post, you’ll learn the 6 classic signs it’s time to adopt one in your organization.

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Tags: Food and Beverage

How European Food and Drink Companies Like Unilever Make Use of Big Data

Posted by Traci Slowinski on Wed, Feb 03, 2016

Unlocking the secrets of big data in the food industry can deliver a host of wide-ranging benefits for dynamic players – if they strike while the iron is hot.

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5 Signs You’re Not Getting the Most Out of Your Compliance Management System (And What to Do About It)

Posted by Rachel Beavins Tracy on Tue, Feb 02, 2016

If you’ve implemented an enterprise compliance management system within your organization, chances are the process involved a lot of time and resources.

So, to ensure that you’re leveraging its full capabilities, we’ve put together a list of 5 signs you may not be using your compliance management system to its full potential (plus what you can do to fix the problem).


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Tags: Quality Management, Life Sciences, Food and Beverage, aviation, EHS

Introducing EtQ’s Free Application, traqpath, for Event Tracking and Corrective Action

Posted by Brenda Percy on Thu, Jan 28, 2016

This week was an exciting one for EtQ—we launched our latest product, traqpath, which extends compliance beyond the enterprise market and brings the concepts of quality and environmental, health and safety compliance to everyone. 

Using traqpath allows you to manage three types of compliance activities—action items, events and corrective actions. In addition to managing events and corrective actions, you can track any action items associated with them, such as phone calls, meetings and more...

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Tags: Quality Management, Life Sciences, Food and Beverage, aviation, EHS

4 Quality Management System Trends to Watch Out For In 2016

Posted by Alexandre Alain on Thu, Jan 28, 2016

Our product specialists examine the latest trends in quality management systems, that will make your job easier in 2016 and beyond

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Tags: Life Sciences, Europe

Recall Management: How to Plan for the Worst [Podcast]

Posted by Traci Slowinski on Tue, Jan 26, 2016

Allergen mislabeling, Salmonella in cucumbers, Listeria in ice cream…the list of food recalls is endless and we are bombarded by recall alerts almost every day. As a food and beverage business, it is critical that you are employing risk-based preventive controls to avoid any potential for a recall. But, as those of us in this business know, sometimes something slips through the cracks and recall becomes a necessary evil. Therefore, it is important to ensure you are prepared in the event of a recall. You will want to start by developing a comprehensive recall program.

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Tags: Traci's Tidbits, Food and Beverage

How Effective is Your Quality Management Process? Use Our Checklist and Find Out

Posted by Rachel Beavins Tracy on Thu, Jan 21, 2016

When you work in quality management, it’s easy to get bogged down in the details of your everyday responsibilities. Where are the updated product specifications? When will the new equipment be up and running? How fast can our supplier deliver the next batch?

Obviously, these are important questions. At the same time, meaningful progress requires a high-level view of your quality process, instead of just blindly working within it.

To help you do that, here’s a 6-point checklist to help determine your overall process effectiveness.

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Tags: Quality Management

The Top 7 Reputational Risks in Life Sciences You Need to Know

Posted by Alexandre Alain on Wed, Jan 20, 2016

Reputation Risk Management Starts with Identifying Key Threats to the Life Sciences Industry.

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Tags: Life Sciences, Europe, Risk Management

5 Ways to Customize Your EHS Management System

Posted by Rachel Beavins Tracy on Tue, Jan 19, 2016

Some people tend to use tech tools out of the box, while others spend time fine-tuning the technology to their needs. Yes, it takes a little effort. But in the long run, finding ways to make the software your own delivers a higher return on investment as the tools become better integrated with your business processes.

Today, we’ll look at 5 ways you can customize your EHS Management System, helping you maximize your investment and your effectiveness in the workplace.

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Tags: EHS

4 Tell-Tale Signs You Need a Safety Management System

Posted by Rachel Beavins Tracy on Thu, Jan 14, 2016

I have a friend who once told me that policies changed so often at his job, his employer would simply print out the most recent change and stick it in a binder that everyone was supposed to sign upon arriving at work.

Were employees notified of changes? Technically, yes. Were those changes likely to be implemented? Given that most of them simply signed the book as a matter of routine, it’s pretty safe to say the answer is no.

This type of approach to safety management is just one of the classic signs a company needs a Safety Management System (SMS).

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Tags: aviation