4 Document Control Gaps That Can Cause Big Problems (and How to Avoid Them)

[fa icon="calendar'] Thu, Sep 29, 2016 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

Document control is central to certification and regulatory requirements that include multiple ISO standards, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP).

And yet, according to a McKinsey & Company report, employees spend almost 20% of their time searching for and gathering internal information. That means out of every 5 workers, only 4 are actually getting work done at any given moment.

The problem points to how common document control problems are in many organizations. In this post, we’ll examine 4 of the most common document control gaps and what you can do to fix them.

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5 Safety Management System Apps to Take Mobile

[fa icon="calendar'] Tue, Aug 30, 2016 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

Smartphones and tablets have vastly expanded our ability to complete essential tasks on the go, allowing us to track spending, schedule deliveries, get instant product ratings and more. The growing array of mobile apps is truly dazzling, with the number of downloads in 2015 totaling a full 75 billion.

And while it may not make as many headlines, mobile apps are quietly infiltrating the business world as well. It represents a huge step forward for safety professionals who often need to capture and process information away from their desks.

With that in mind, let’s look at 5 Safety Management System (SMS) apps where going mobile can make a big difference for aviation safety pros.

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3 Big Aviation Safety Gaps to Watch Out For

[fa icon="calendar'] Thu, Aug 11, 2016 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

When things are busy at work (which may be all the time), many of us tend to put our heads down and stick to the plan in front of us. We get so busy with managing all the little things, it’s difficult to see where the bigger issues in our plan exist.

Similarly, aviation safety managers often must juggle many moving parts, to the point that they don’t see the shortcomings in their Safety Management System (SMS) until it’s too late. In this post, we’ll look at 3 gaps to address now that will prevent big problems later.

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5 Qualities of a Mature Aviation Safety Culture

[fa icon="calendar'] Tue, Jul 26, 2016 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

Companies exist across a wide continuum of safety culture maturity. On one end, you have companies with high numbers of safety incidents, compliance issues and even regulatory penalties. Employees mostly comply with safety policies only when they think the boss is watching.

Companies on the mature end of the spectrum have fewer incidents and costs associated with injuries, workers’ comp claims and regulatory fines. Just as important, employees in a mature safety culture work safely because they believe it’s the right thing to do.

How can aviation companies get from A to B? It’s not an overnight process—especially when managing multiple locations—but it all starts with focusing on the right goals. To help you get there, here’s a list of 5 qualities of a mature aviation safety culture. 

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Bowtie, Risk Matrix or Decision Tree: Which Should You Use?

[fa icon="calendar'] Thu, Jul 14, 2016 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

I’m the type of person who prefers my neighborhood hardware store over the big box home improvement places. Sure, there are fewer options, but that makes choosing easier. What’s more, the employees at my local store are infinitely more helpful, asking what I want and walking me directly to the tools I need.

Today’s post will help you better understand exactly the Risk Management tools you need for different situations. We’ll look at 3 essential risk models in your EHS or quality management toolkit: the bowtie, the risk matrix and the decision tree.

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5 Questions to Ask About Your Safety Management System

[fa icon="calendar'] Thu, Jul 07, 2016 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

In many ways, your Aviation Safety Management System (SMS) is the only thing standing between your company and a major crisis. It can be a key weapon for uncovering systemic issues, a collaboration tool for your team and a virtual record of your safety efforts.

But of course, without the right capabilities, your SMS may be none of these things. To find out if you’re using the right system, it’s important to ask yourself the following 5 questions.

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A Continuous Improvement Approach to Strengthening Your Safety Management System

[fa icon="calendar'] Tue, Jun 21, 2016 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

For many business objectives, the name of the game is continuous improvement. There’s no end point where you can rest on your laurels, something that’s true whether we’re talking about safety, financial performance or operational excellence.

Continuous improvement requires analyzing not just results, but also the systems used to achieve them. This includes digging deep into your Safety Management System (SMS) and asking if there are ways to improve how you use it.

Let’s look at how you can strengthen your SMS, based on the Plan-Do-Check-Act approach to continuous improvement.

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How the Aviation Industry Can Improve Sustainability

[fa icon="calendar'] Tue, May 31, 2016 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

The aviation industry is frequently under fire for sustainability issues. Transportation emissions are central to the climate change debate, with air travel often blamed for having an outsized impact on the average consumer’s carbon footprint.

And while there are certainly other huge sources of transportation emissions that need to be addressed, many aviation companies are stepping up to improve sustainability and reduce their environmental impacts.

With that in mind, this post provides a 4-step strategy for improving sustainability in the aviation industry.

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4 Risk Management Techniques for Reducing Defective Products

[fa icon="calendar'] Thu, May 19, 2016 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

Recalls over product defects are a major concern in many industries, often creating millions of dollars in costs and brand damage. Part of the problem is that so many companies don’t effectively integrate Risk Management into their processes, allowing small issues to persist unmanaged.

With that in mind, here’s a list of 4 Risk Management techniques that can help reduce product defects. 

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4 Questions to Ask Before Buying a Compliance Management System

[fa icon="calendar'] Thu, May 05, 2016 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

I’m the type of person who asks a zillion questions before purchasing almost anything. Like many, I read lots of online reviews and ask other users about products I’m considering buying, especially when it comes to technology.

Is the product made for people with similar needs? Can I customize its settings specifically for my situation? What kind of customer support do they offer if things go wrong?

If you’re buying an enterprise compliance management solution, the answers to these questions are vitally important. With that in mind, let’s look at 4 big questions you need to ask before you buy a compliance management system.

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