August, 2007 Newsletter Articles

OHSAS 18001 Revised for Health and Safety

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OHSAS 18001:2007 specifies the requirements for an organization to control its Occupational Health and Safety risks and improve its performance. OHSAS 18001:2007 has been issued as a British Standard and supersedes OHSAS 18001:1999, which will remain current until 2009. There have been a number of significant changes made to the standard to reflect its widespread use in more than 80 countries and by approximately 16,000 certified organizations. The principal changes include a much greater emphasis on “health” rather than just...

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CMMI for Development

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The Software Engineering Institute (SEI) has identified three critical dimensions that organizations typically focus on to improve their business: 1) people, 2) procedures and methods, and 3) tools and equipment. But what holds everything together? It is the processes used in your organization. Processes allow you to align the way you do business. They allow you to address scalability and provide a way to incorporate knowledge of how to do things better. Processes allow you to leverage your resources and to examine business trends. Of course,...

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Revisions for AS9100 Family of Standards

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The International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG) is revising the IAQG 9100 family of standards. Since the IAQG 9100 standard is published as AS9100 in the USA, I will refer to it as AS9100 in the remainder of this article. AS9100 uses ISO 9001:2000 as its foundation, with additional aerospace requirements highlighted in bold, italic type. The ISO 9001 standard is being amended with publication expected in May 2009. This revision is driving an update of AS9100. According to Buddy Cressionnie in a recent Quality Progress article, the objectives...

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Medical Laboratory Accreditation by A2LA

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The American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) now offers accreditation for medical laboratories to ISO 15189:2007. ISO 15189 specifies requirements for quality and competence particular to medical laboratories. It is for use by medical labs in developing their quality management systems and assessing their own competence, as well as, for use by accreditation bodies like A2LA in confirming or recognizing the competence of medical laboratories. In addition to examining the technical aspects of a lab’s operation, the A2LA...

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IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL)

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The Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) is a framework of best practice approaches intended to help with the delivery of high quality information technology (IT) services. ITIL outlines an extensive set of management procedures that are intended to support businesses in achieving high quality and value in IT operations. These procedures are supplier-independent and were developed to provide guidance across the breadth of IT infrastructure, development, and operations. ITIL is published in a series of books (Library), each of...

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Quality Measurement Data Specification

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According to AIAG News, automotive manufacturers and suppliers lose millions of dollars and weeks of product development time from the lack of interoperability from proprietary quality data collection solutions. The Quality Measurement Data (QMD) Specification enables the seamless exchange of quality measurement information between disparate and proprietary gages and reporting tools, solving this data integration problem by reducing as many as 1,500 data formats to one single open reporting format. Currently, companies are forced to integrate...

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