Sugar Tax ‒ Risk or Opportunity for UK Food and Drink?

[fa icon="calendar'] Wed, Jan 17, 2018 / by Tim Lozier

In 2015, the UK sugar tax seemed to be a huge looming risk for the industry, but since then have food and drink producers managed to turn it into an opportunity?

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3 Reasons Why Audits and Corrective Action Software Are a Dynamic Duo

[fa icon="calendar'] Mon, Jan 15, 2018 / by Alexa Sussman

Image-002.jpgAudits are more than just sets of checklists, and corrective actions are more than just band aids for your organization.

They are both critical quality management functions—and they happen to work extremely well together.

Here are three reasons why we consider audits and corrective action to be a “dynamic duo,” a duo that brings out the best in each other.

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Quality Management

3 Water Management Pitfalls and How EHS Software Helps You Avoid Them

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Jan 12, 2018 / by Alexa Sussman

EHS software is helpful in managing a number of processes, but it’s essential for water management.

Like any process, there are a few common mistakes that people tend to make when setting up and executing a water and wastewater management plan. Fortunately, EHS software automates the entire process and helps you avoid costly and dangerous pitfalls.

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Supporting Risk-Based Thinking Across Your Business

[fa icon="calendar'] Wed, Jan 10, 2018 / by Sean Salvas

EtQ’s Tim Lozier looks at the role that risk-based thinking can play in safeguarding both business and reputation.

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3 Elements of Effective Corrective Actions

[fa icon="calendar'] Tue, Jan 09, 2018 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

Many quality or Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) management professionals rely on Corrective Action software everyday to manage events such as nonconforming materials, customer complaints and safety incidents.

And yet, time and again, we see companies falling behind on their corrective action goals. Corrective actions don’t work. They have weak fixes, where people automatically assign human error as a root cause without examining the systemic factors behind the error. And when an incident occurs, it’s not uncommon for someone to comment that they knew it was bound to happen—a sure sign of ineffective corrective actions.

What can companies do from a technology perspective?

To ensure your corrective action process is working, you need corrective actions that are findable, trackable and designed to prevent systemic issues.

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Understanding the Basics of ISO 13485 for Medical Device Quality Management Systems (QMS)

[fa icon="calendar'] Mon, Jan 08, 2018 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

ISO 13485 for Medical Device Quality Management Systems is growing in popularity, with the number of certified facilities jumping 13% from 2015 to 2016.

But how is ISO 13485 different from ISO 9001 for Quality Management, and who should certify?

In this post, we’ll take a look at the basics of ISO 13485 to help you decide whether it’s worth pursuing this certification.

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Life Sciences

How Should Europe's Medical Device Industry Manage the Cyber Threat?

[fa icon="calendar'] Wed, Jan 03, 2018 / by Tony Parise

Medical device cybersecurity is a crucial issue for the healthcare industry ‒ manufacturers must learn to manage risk effectively.

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4 Tips for Improving Employee Safety with Industrial Hygiene

[fa icon="calendar'] Tue, Jan 02, 2018 / by Alexa Sussman

Industrial hygiene prepares organizations for a number of environmental stressors—chemical, physical and biological—that may impair the well-being of employees or community members.

Having good industrial hygiene practices plays an important role in improving employee safety and developing an organization-wide safety culture.

Here are 4 tips for leveraging Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) management tools to improve employee safety through industrial hygiene.

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How EHS Software Can Keep You Audit Ready

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Dec 29, 2017 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

Think for a moment about the last time a safety auditor came to your facility. Were you nervous? Did you feel ready? Were you reasonably certain you would pass? Were you caught off-guard by the results and findings?

Whether we’re talking about internal, third-party certification or regulatory audits, success often comes down to effective preparation. In this post, we’ll look at how EHS software can help you prepare, focusing on the tools that are most important for audit readiness.

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5 Operational Excellence Myths and Facts

[fa icon="calendar'] Thu, Dec 28, 2017 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

When you hear the term operational excellence, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Is it:

  1. Just another worthless top-down initiative forced on overworked employees.
  2. The answer to all the problems plaguing your company.
  3. Something corporate goons invented to make themselves look good and justify their bloated salaries.

The correct answer: none of the above. Like many things in life, success with operational excellence is all in how you approach it.

In today’s post, we’ll bust common myths and misconceptions around operational excellence, so you can identify an effective strategy that’s grounded in reality.

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