November, 2009 Newsletter Articles

ISO 9004 Approved

Nov 21, 2009 in Newsletter | 0 comments

A completely revised ISO 9004 standard has been approved and is in the publication stage. It will be available soon with the new title, “Managing for the Sustained Success of an Organization – A Quality Management Approach”. ISO 9004:2009 provides guidance to organizations to support the achievement of sustained success through a quality management approach. It is applicable to any organization, regardless of size, type, and activity, but it is not intended for certification, regulatory, or contractual use. Do you recall...

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U. S. Manufacturing

Nov 21, 2009 in Newsletter | 0 comments

A recent AIAG e-News Brief included an article by Thomas Duesterberg, President and CEO of the Manufacturers Alliance. An edited version appears below. View on U. S. Manufacturing  In the worst economic climate since the 1930s, and at a time of intensified political change, manufacturers are experiencing difficulties in articulating a clear and strong message about the health of their sector and how policy change might affect it. What follows are ten summary points intended to convey an accurate picture regarding the current state of U.S....

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Travel Safety

Nov 21, 2009 in Newsletter | 0 comments

It often takes a tragedy to make companies address the risks of business travel. An article in the HR Daily Advisor states that personal crimes, such as assaults and robberies, are the most common types of incidents encountered by business travelers. Often, companies make hotel and travel decisions based solely on price, rather than evaluating factors such as the crime rate of the neighborhood where the hotel is located, basic security safeguards utilized at the property, or transportation after dark. Ironically, employers go to great lengths...

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EPA Rules on GHG

Nov 21, 2009 in Newsletter | 0 comments

On January 1, 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will, for the first time, require large emitters of heat-trapping emissions to begin collecting greenhouse gas (GHG) data under a new reporting system. This new program will cover approximately 85 percent of the nation’s GHG emissions and apply to about 10,000 facilities. The EPA expects the new reporting system to provide a better understanding of where GHGs are coming from, as well as, guide development of the best possible policies and programs to reduce emissions. The...

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