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Saturday, April 10th, 2010

Top ten reasons why some quality systems are ineffective -

Reason #8 – The quality system is handled by one person

At G3 Solutions, we often receive calls from companies that are in need of expertise to help with quality system issues shortly before a third-party audit. This is often due to a lack of resources and downsizing from the recent economic nightmare of the past year.

Unfortunately, those employees that fell under the umbrella of “quality” were some of the first to be downsized. Since these employees were in charge of such key systems as internal audits, corrective actions and analysis of quality data, the maintenance of these systems would continually get put off until the last possible minute, if they were done at all. This is not the way a well implemented quality system should work.

Generally, the reason for this type of system meltdown is that most, if not all key functions of the system were handled by one employee whose primary purpose in the company was to be “the ISO person”. They were responsible for making sure all of that ISO 9001 “stuff” got done, and now they are not around – and no one has a clue as to what needs to be maintained.

A well implemented system will almost run by itself, with just minimal oversight by the selected management representative. Key systems should be shared and divided by top management; not handled solely by the quality manager or ISO coordinator. Not only will this shared strategy help maintain key processes, but will also encourage and promote employees to work with and improve the quality system.

For further information on how we can help, contact G3 Solutions today!

Attention all automotive parts suppliers! Don’t miss the new revision to ISO/TS 16949

Friday, July 10th, 2009

ISO/TS 16949:2009, Quality management systems – Particular requirements for the application of ISO 9001:2008 for automotive production and relevant service part organizations, replaces the 2002 edition which has been used by the major automotive manufacturers to provide a baseline quality system for over 35,000 organizations worldwide that produce and supply parts for the automotive industry.

The 2009 edition was initiated to ensure its compatibility with the requirements of ISO 9001:2008, Quality management systems – Requirements. There are no essential changes to the technical requirements. The modifications are mainly clarifications of certain requirements and do not add any additional requirements.

According to the IOS, up to the end of December 2008, at least 39,300 ISO/TS 16949:2002 certificates had been issued in 81 countries and economies. This represents a 12 % increase over 2007.

The IATF has set a transition period of 120 days from date of publication of the new edition – 15 June – for organizations to comply with the standard’s requirements. The details of the plan are given in a communiqué by the IATF Oversight Certification Body.

ISO/TS 16949:2009 was prepared by the International Automotive Task Force (IATF), with the support of ISO technical committee ISO/TC 176, which is responsible for the ISO 9000 family of quality management standards. Copies of the standard can be ordered through iso.org or other groups such as aiag.org – be sure to upgrade your copy today!

For more information on ISO/TS 16949, contact G3 Solutions today!

ISO 9001 – It is time to put the “document nightmare” perception away! (Part 1 of 3)

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Although it is true that ISO 9001 does require documented evidence for many requirements, this should not be interpreted as needing a new document for everything you do. Many times companies can modify existing documents to provide evidence of conformity to ISO 9001 requirements. Standards such as ISO/TS 16949, AS9100, ISO 13485, ISO 14001 and others have additional requirements for added documents, but the same strategy of modifying existing documents can be used for a majority of those additional demands.

In the ISO 9001 guidance document “Introduction and support package: Guidance on the documentation requirements of ISO 9001:2008 Document: ISO/TC 176/SC 2/N525R2, October 2008″, it states “For organizations wishing to demonstrate conformity with the requirements of ISO 9001:2008, for the purposes of certification/registration, contractual, or other reasons, it is important to remember the need to provide evidence of the effective implementation of the QMS. Organizations may be able to demonstrate conformity without the need for extensive documentation.

There are other recommendations for document control which we will list in future posts. Just remember that the standard gives you an incredible amount of flexibility in putting together your documentation. If you would like additional ideas on how you can control your ISO documentation, contact the experts at G3 Solutions today!

The position of AIAG on OHSAS 18001 – Is it politics once again?

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

In a recent official position statement from the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG), there appears to be a rather unenthusiastic regard for the implementation of OHSAS 18001 throughout the automotive supply chain. The statement, dated February 2009, presents the AIAG position quite clearly:

“The Automotive Industry Action Group Health, Safety, and Environmental Steering Committee believes firmly believes that the use of formal management systems are necessary for the effective management of health safety and environmental programs, and thus fully endorse ANSI Z10 and International Organization of Standardization (ISO) programs such as ISO’s 14001 environmental management standard.

We believe that management of safety and health as part of an existing management system is necessary to achieve overall HSE excellence. We believe that the management of health & safety under the BSI OHSAS 18001 program is good practice, but less efficient in terms of both cost and time, as compared to managing health & safety as part of an existing management system. This is fundamental to making safety and health integrated within existing management systems and part of the day-to-day business activities.

In conclusion, AIAG:
• believes that the International Labor Organization (ILO); OHSMS Guidelines of 2001 provide a sound basis for any nation or organization to develop an effective safety and health management system
• is concerned when entities such as BSI issue ’standards’ utilizing a numbering sequence that at the very least confuses many into believing the standard was issued by ISO, and
• will work to integrate health & safety programs within a comprehensive and effective management system, but will not specifically mandate OHSAS 18001 certification.”

Yet again, when it comes to having a so-called “standard”, politics has raised its ugly head one more time. What do you think? Log in and let us know!

For more information on OHSAS 18001, visit our website at www.g3iso.com today!

ISO Internal Audits – can they be done by an outside party?

Saturday, January 10th, 2009

Many companies are choosing to outsource their internal audit process because of various resource issues within the organization. A number of reasons for this trend are becoming more common throughout many industries.

After spending large sums of money training a pool of good internal auditor candidates, an organization may find that some within that group take on new positions and responsibilities that either do not allow time for conducting internal audits or they are no longer able to audit certain areas because of their new role. Some employees will leave the organization and some will just decide that internal auditing is not for them. This is especially true in companies that are registered to such standards as ISO/TS 16949, AS9100 and other industry specific standards based on ISO 9001. The methods needed for conducting internal audits in these standards can be rather time consuming in terms of preparation.

Another reason is that some companies will use a large pool of internal auditors where most of them may only get a chance to audit one time per year. For small companies with simple processes, this isn’t a big deal. For other organizations that have a multitude of key processes and departments, the auditing process can lose its effectiveness because of a lack of auditing experience by the internal auditor.

If your internal audit program has stalled and surveillance audits are approaching, let G3 Solutions show you how to ease the burden of having limited time for a complex internal audit schedule. Not only can G3 Solutions auditors pinpoint critical areas and nonconformances, G3 Solutions consultants and auditors can provide expertise in helping your organization develop cost-saving strategies to implement as part of the corrective action.