March, 2013 Newsletter Articles

Audit Types

Mar 1, 2013 in Newsletter | Comments Off on Audit Types

An audit is a “systematic, independent, and documented process for obtaining audit evidence and evaluating it objectively to determine the extent to which the audit criteria are fulfilled.” Different types of audits are described below: Combined Audit A combined audit is when two or more management systems of different disciplines, for example, quality, environment, and safety, are audited together. Compliance Audits A compliance audit verifies compliance to legal requirements (statutes and regulations). The audit confirms the...

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Counterfeit Parts

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Two aerospace standards have been published on fraudulent or counterfeit parts: AS5553:2013 (Revision A) for organizations that procure and/or use electronic parts and AS6081:2012 for distributors of electronic parts. AS5553A:2013, Fraudulent/Counterfeit Electronic Parts; Avoidance, Detection, Mitigation, and Disposition AS5553 is for use by organizations that procure and/or integrate electronic parts and/or assemblies containing such items. The requirements of this standard are generic and intended to be applied/flowed down through the...

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Hidden Offshoring Costs

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According to a post by Steve Denning at the Forbes web site, a disease has been gnawing at the economy for decades: flawed offshoring decisions. He says offshoring is not some menial matter to be left to accountants in the backroom, or high-priced consultants armed with spreadsheets, promising quick profits. It raises mission-critical issues potentially affecting the survival of entire firms, whole industries, and ultimately the economy. The article says the decline of manufacturing in a region sets off a chain reaction. Once manufacturing is...

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Audit Interviews (1 of 2)

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Audit interviews are one of four ways to gather information during an audit, the others being to review documents, observe operations, and examine records. Efficient and effective interviews are the key to a successful audit. WHY INTERVIEW? Some auditors are outgoing and gregarious. They enjoy talking to people and having them demonstrate and explain their activities. Others may be more reserved, and possibly concerned about confrontations, so they would prefer to just review documents and examine records. However, you need a balanced audit...

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Unprotected Eyes

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The need for safety equipment when performing hazardous tasks is undisputed. Yet workers continue to take risks by failing to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) when it is needed. In a 2012 Kimberly-Clark Professional survey, 82 percent of safety professionals said they had observed workers in their organizations failing to wear required PPE during the past year. Respondents also cited compliance as the top workplace safety issue in their facilities – further underscoring the significance of these findings. OSHA requires employers...

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