Document Control as the Foundation of ISO Standards

[fa icon="calendar'] Mon, Jan 29, 2018 / by Alexa Sussman

ISO standards are the backbone of quality management. They set detailed criteria for best practices for quality management processes and systems.

Learning the best ways to apply these standards to your operations is extremely important for compliance success. Executing ISO standards with the proper tools lets you efficiently master compliance.

Of those tools, document control is one of the most critical because it standardizes your documentation and training processes and mitigates risk.

Document control aligns with the goals of ISO standards to achieve and maintain compliance.

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How a Good Corrective Action Plan Helps You Comply with ISO 13485:2016

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Jan 26, 2018 / by Alexa Sussman

quality_icons.jpgISO 13485:2016, A Review

ISO 13485:2016 is the latest revision of the standards for quality management systems in medical device manufacturers and their suppliers.

Since companies only have until September 2018 to comply with these standards, it’s important to understand the main takeaways of the latest revision:

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Quality Standard in Focus – ISO 31000

[fa icon="calendar'] Wed, Jan 24, 2018 / by Sean Salvas

Compliance with ISO 31000 in combination with an Enterprise Quality Management System will provide the platform your organization needs for effective risk management.

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Best Practices in Automated Industrial Hygiene Management

[fa icon="calendar'] Mon, Jan 22, 2018 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

Best Practices in Automated Industrial Hygiene ManagementHumans have been concerned with industrial hygiene since ancient times, when in the 4th Century B.C., Greek physician Hippocrates (of the famed Hippocratic Oath) described the case of a miner with lead poisoning.

Today the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires employers to comply with a range of laws and requirements dealing with industrial hygiene. In fact, a full 40% of the OSHA inspection workforce is made up of industrial hygienists responsible for enforcing rules at more than 6 million workplaces.   

So what do companies need to track, and how can they better protect workers? Let’s look at the basics of industrial hygiene, including hazards, controls and risk assessment strategies.

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7 Strategies for More Engaging Employee Training

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Jan 19, 2018 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

7 Strategies for More Engaging Employee TrainingA large study of over 4,000 workers showed that nearly 3 in 4 employees don’t think they’re achieving their full potential. Add the fact that one-third say boring training content hinders learning, and it’s clear organizations have a long way to go in terms of effective training.

Lackluster training isn’t just an annoyance. It also carries a multi-million-dollar price tag for organizations in terms of poor performance and employee turnover. To help companies avoid these problems, we’re looking at 7 strategies to make your employee training programs better. 

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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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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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