January, 2005 Newsletter Articles

New RABQSA and ANAB Web Sites

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The RAB will cease operation on January 1, 2005 and be replaced by RABQSA International. The ANSI-RAB National Accreditation Board will become the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB). New web sites are under construction at: http://www.rabqsa.com and http://www.anab.org

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Online Source for Workplace Safety Regulations

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If you want a quick resource for tracking government regulations, as well as, the materials and information to stay compliant, go to: <http://www.complianceregs.com. Here, in one place, you will find virtually all the safety data you need, including: Current regulations from the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations, including the full text of the OSHA, Construction, EPA, and DOT regulations Notices, proposed rules, and other documents from the Daily Federal Register A searchable MSDS database containing more than 350,000 Material Safety Data...

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Auditing Statutory and Regulatory Requirements

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This article is based on an auditing guidance paperavailable at <http://isotc176sc2.elysium-ltd.net/APG_index.html>. ISO 9001:2000 requires an organization to identify and control the statutory and regulatory requirements applicable to its products (including services). It is up to the organization how to do this within its quality management system. The organization should demonstrate that the legal requirements applicable to its products / services have been properly identified, are available, and easily retrievable. Auditors need to...

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New ISO 9001:2000 Interpretations

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ISO Technical Committee 176 established a web site for ISO 9001:2000 interpretations at <http://www.tc176.org/Interpre.asp>. Their earlier interpretations were included in our January 2004 and September 2004 newsletters. Since those newsletters, the committee has added these ISO 9001:2000 interpretations: ISO 9001:2000 Interpretation RFI – 043 Request: ISO 9001:2000 Clause 7.3 Does ISO 9001:2000 require Clause 7.3 to be applied to the design and development of the package necessary to preserve the conformity of the product during...

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Preparing your Organization for an Audit

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To prepare an organization for an audit, managers should: Become familiar with the documents for their area Walk through the area for a spot check on operations Verify that only valid documents are in use Ensure the work areas are clean and orderly Confirm that past nonconformities have been fixed Brief employees on how to interact with auditors Communicate a positive, learning view of the audit For external audits requiring an escort, your guides should: Know the quality system and how it operates Understand the audit plan and...

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