June, 2006 Newsletter Articles

Environmental Compliance Assistance Program

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Some states provide free environmental compliance assistance. For example, in Georgia there is a non-regulatory program, GECAP, that offers free and confidential environmental compliance assistance to Georgia businesses. GECAP provides environmentally-related technical assistance targeted to small and mid-sized companies in a manner that is accessible, useful, and understandable by: Translating regulations Being a source for environmental information Providing an on-site evaluation of a facility’s environmental compliance status The...

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IAF Guidance for Certification Bodies

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The International Accreditation Forum (IAF) provides a guidance document on the application of ISO Guide 62 for registrars (certification bodies). Issue 4 of this document provides guidance on several subjects that may be of interest: 1. Auditing an Electronic QMS The IAF guidance says to consider the auditor competence and information security concerns when auditing an electronic (e-based) quality management system. It goes on to say that the audit plan should identify any computer-assisted auditing techniques that will be used during the...

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Advanced Surveillance and Reassessment Procedure

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Would you like to reduce by up to 30% the number of auditor days spent by your registrar at your site? Then consistently meet your performance targets and talk to your certification body. The International Accreditation Forum (IAF) provides a guidance document on the application of ISO Guide 62 for registrars (certification bodies). Issue 4 of this guidance document describes how registrars can design an individualized surveillance and reassessment program for organizations that have consistently demonstrated an effective quality management...

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Auditors: Maintaining Competence and Improving Performance

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Please note that the scope of this article is internal (first party) auditors. The assumption is made that (as in many companies) internal auditors are a volunteer force of employees that hold down “real” jobs within the company (assembler, lead, service manager, etc.).  If the situation is different in your organization, some of these suggestions will require modification. The purpose of auditing is to seek opportunities for improvement in quality management system processes. These improvements, in turn, bring the organization closer to...

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When Did Six Sigma Stop Being a Statistical Measure

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The term Six Sigma is widely used as an approach for process improvement and learning. It is a disciplined, structured, data-driven methodology to solving problems. Along the path to popularity, Six Sigma lost its meaning as a statistical measure and instead inherited the meaning of merely another measurement program. Organizations that intend to employ Six Sigma ought to consider which definition of six sigma is their target: a process improvement approach, or a statistical measure for variation. This article explores the significance of the...

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ISO Help for Small Businesses

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ISO has opened a new section on its web site to help small and medium-sized enterprises achieve the benefits of implementing quality (ISO 9001) and environmental (ISO 14001) management systems. According to ISO Secretary-General Alan Bryden, “Small and medium-sized enterprises may mistakenly perceive International Standards as being only for big business and government. In fact, they too can benefit from the state-of-the-art technology and management practices disseminated by International Standards, which also open the door to export...

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