Air travel demand continues to increase worldwide, projected by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to grow by 2.6% annually for the next two decades. As more and more passengers take to the skies, the ability to consistently manage risk is likely to become a differentiating factor for companies hoping to grow (or maintain) a competitive advantage in the industry.Read More
In quality management, collaboration is the key to success. Speeding quality products to market faster requires reducing risk throughout the product lifecycle, something that’s impossible without effective collaboration.
In this sense, an automated Quality Management System (QMS) is more than just a framework for reducing defectives—it’s also a platform for streamlining the collaborative process.
This post looks at 5 ways to leverage QMS software for better collaboration, a goal that can help you save time while improving outcomes.Read More
When companies talk about safety performance, the focus tends to be on metrics like incidence rates, lost time injury rates and workers’ compensation costs. And while these numbers are very important, these types of rear-facing indicators only tell part of the story.
Assessing your company’s safety culture in a meaningful, data-driven way requires looking beyond the obvious. To do this, companies need to focus on leading indicators that predict future performance, not just lagging indicators like those above that only reflect the past.
With this in mind, let’s have a look at 4 types of metrics that say a lot about how proactive your safety culture truly is.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is a classic movie about food safety gone awry. No, I’m not talking about the Johnny Depp version. I’m talking about the 1971 film featuring Gene Wilder and, in my opinion, a more authentic version of Charlie Bucket.
In the film, a group of child auditors visits a candy factory somewhere in Europe owned by the mythical and reclusive Willy Wonka. Due to gaps in Wonka’s Food Safety Management System (FSMS), several adverse events take place during the audit itself. The result is mayhem and hilarity, but for the observant food safety professional, there are also lessons to be learned.
Let’s have a look at a few of them.Read More