November, 2008 Newsletter Articles

Hazmat Security Plan

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The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), within the Department of Transportation, has proposed a modification to its current security plan requirements for the transportation of hazardous materials. The proposed change was published in the Federal Register as 49 CFR Part 172, “Hazardous Materials: Risk-Based Adjustment of Transportation Security Plan Requirements; Proposed Rule”. PHMSA, in consultation with the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), is...

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A Perfect Order?

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Four industry associations have joined forces to create a set of metrics for gauging the performance of execution in production plants and warehouses. The associations are the Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association (MESA) International; Order Fulfillment Council (OFC); Supply Chain Execution Systems and Technologies Group (SCE Group) of the Material Handling Industry of America (MHIA); and Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC). The group’s first paper was a report, “Improving Order Execution Performance: A...

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Auditee Bill of Rights

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As an audited organization, do you stand up for your rights? Or, to avoid conflict, do you just accept whatever comes your way during the audit experience? Maybe it is time for an Auditee Bill of Rights, so organizations know what they should expect and demand from their auditors and certification bodies. A “bill of rights” is a list of rights that are considered important and essential by a group of people. A prime example is the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution, referred to as the Bill of Rights. However,...

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Procedure vs. Instruction

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What is the difference between a procedure and an instruction? And, does it matter? A procedure is a specified way to carry out an activity. An instruction provides detailed directions on how to perform a task. Procedures and instructions can be documented, or not. If the activities and tasks are being carried out by competent people, written procedures and instructions may be unnecessary. The confusion between what is a procedure and what is an instruction is magnified when organizations refer to them by different names. For example, a...

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RASCI Diagrams

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The RASCI Diagram can be used to clarify the roles and responsibilities in cross functional processes and projects. It helps determine who is Accountable, Responsible, Supporting, Consulted, or Informed. The RASCI Diagram splits activities down to five types of roles that make up the acronym RASCI: R = Responsible: the person(s) who performs the activity A = Accountable: the person held accountable for completion of activity S = Supporting: the person(s) that provide support for the work C = Consulted: the person(s) consulted before performing...

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