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From Data to Decisions: Monitoring QMS Effectiveness with KPIs

June 27, 2024

What is a KPI, and how is it relevant to a quality management system and business goals

Understanding 'Scope' in a Quality Management System

May 21, 2024

ISO 9001 has multiple places where it talks about “scope” and they are not all the same. This article looks at all the different definitions of "scope" in a QMS.

Climate Change and ISO 9001

April 29, 2024

ISO 9001 was amended in February to include requirements related to climate change. The update is effective immediately, so auditors will be looking for it already.

Unlocking Success: The Importance of Effective Business Systems

March 20, 2024

An effective business management system can significantly boost your business success, and increase business value. We talk about how to start capturing your business knowledge, and implementing systems to manage, protect, and share the information.

Management Review topics

Sept. 15, 2023

Management review is an essential process in maintaining ISO 9001 certification. What topics need to be covered?

Assessing suppliers for your quality management system

Aug. 15, 2023

Suppliers have a big effect on your own quality performance so it is important to have controls in place, and a process to assess supplier performance.

Why it's important to document Action Plans

July 25, 2023

Regular meetings are a powerful tool for workplace communication and consultation in managing safety and quality, but to avoid the talkfest trap, you must log the actions arising from the meeting and hold people accountable.

Industry 4.0: What it means for SMEs

Jan. 17, 2023

What is Industry 4.0, some examples, and how it works for small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

What makes a great product quality plan?

June 13, 2022

A PQP is a blueprint for how you will maintain quality from beginning to end as products are developed, tested, manufactured, and shipped to your customers.

Why the control of your Legal & Regulatory obligations as a manufacturer is so important.

March 14, 2022

Failure to address your legal and regulatory issues could lead to a range of consequences. This article talks about what you can do to reduce the risks of non-compliance.

Writing an effective quality plan for manufacturing

March 7, 2022

In this article, Ian takes you briefly through some of the key aspects of quality planning to ensure you get the best results.

Using QR codes in your manufacturing facility

Feb. 7, 2022

Everyone is familiar with QR codes after Covid19 checkins, and they can be incredibly useful in many manufacturing and operational processes across a wide variety of industries.

Finding Time for Quality

Jan. 27, 2022

Many businesses fail to implement a quality system because they feel they simply don't have the time to do so. The irony is that an efficient and effective quality system can free up time.

How to control quality issues

Dec. 10, 2021

How to get back on track when things go wrong - step by step process to follow for effective corrective action in response to quality issues in your organisation.

Best Practices for Remote Internal Auditing with Toolbox

Dec. 1, 2021

Use remote internal audits to test the health of your compliance management system and get valuable information that helps you to optimise your business processes.

A Quality System Must Also Cover Safety Obligations

May 3, 2019

Fulfilling safety responsibilities is part of your quality management system - as legal and regulatory requirements.

Roles and Responsibilities of Top Management in the QMS

May 18, 2018

ISO 9001 specifies responsibilities for top management in the quality management system.

Emergency Response Plans

Sept. 1, 2017

Emergency Response Plans are a requirement for all Australian businesses. It's more than just an evacuation plan. So what's in one?

Tip for business growth? - Systems!

Aug. 17, 2017

Business Victoria says that Systems are a key step for business growth

Full Cycle of Risk Management

Feb. 19, 2016

It's not just assessments!

How to audit a Workplace Health and Safety System

Feb. 8, 2016

What are the kinds of evidence to look for? What's expected to be in place? Guidance for beginner auditors.

Documented Information for ISO9001:2015

Nov. 5, 2015

In the 2015 release of the ISO 9001 Quality Management Standard, references to 'documents' and 'records' have now been replaced by "documented information". Requirements have also changed.

Keeping Track of Credentials

Oct. 7, 2015

Under the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards, it's recognised that safety and quality of care will be at risk if the workforce does not have the appropriate level of skill or experience. You must closely track credentials.

Safety Management System - Auditing Guide

Sept. 28, 2015

This plain english guide to the auditing criteria for the "FSC Safety Scheme for Government Construction Projects" is a useful resource for other safety systems too.

Environmental Impacts - Process Flow Diagram

July 14, 2015

Used to analyse Environmental Aspects and impacts, and to look at how different activities influence those impacts. This will help set the direction for developing measurements and then targets/ objectives for reducing your environmental impacts.

Major vs. Minor Nonconformity

May 6, 2015

Many businesses choose to handle minor and major nonconformities differently to help direct resources appropriately. But many small issues add up to a major problem, so they can't be ignored.

Managing Assets - What to include?

May 4, 2015

In order to maintain the quality of your product or service, you need to look after the equipment that helps you provide it!

Legal and Regulatory Requirements

March 2, 2015

The quality management standard states that you have to ensure your product or service meets both customer and legal requirements. To keep all the 'red tape' under control, you'll need a system.

Legislation regarding Hearing Tests

Jan. 6, 2015

Businesses have a duty of care to their workers and are required to manage risks to health and safety, including 'Managing Risk of Hearing Loss from Noise' contained in the 'Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011'

New Year's Resolutions and a Lean QMS

Jan. 5, 2015

While the popular press is awash with various weight loss strategies for achieving a common personal New Year's resolution, you might like to try the business version - reducing waste (rather than 'waist') to become more "Lean".

Construction Prequalification - PQC

Nov. 25, 2014

Australia has state-based as well as national prequalification schemes for government construction work tenders. Pre-qualification schemes are also used in the UK for government procurement.

Time to Review your Policies?

Nov. 13, 2014

Which documents should be reviewed regularly? Are there any that don't need it? How can you manage periodic reviews for important documents with QSToolbox?

Inspection and Test Plans

Nov. 4, 2014

Inspection and Test Plans set out critical control points or 'hold points' where you will conduct an inspection or check in order to verify that things are progressing as they should be. For ISO 9001, it's part of Monitoring and Measurement.

Management Representative for ISO 9001 - Responsibilities

Sept. 24, 2014

Taking on the role of Management Rep? What's required? What is expected? Here's a list of responsibilities that you might see in the description for the role of Quality System "Management Representative"

Workplace Health and Safety Inspections in QSToolbox

Sept. 10, 2014

Manage your workplace inspections, insurance renewals, etc using QSToolbox.

Avoiding written procedures.

March 5, 2014

If a picture tells a thousand words, can you use one instead of words for procedures and work instructions? What about videos? Have a look at how to include this kind of "non-written" documentation in QSToolbox in a way that's best for mobile users

Revision Number, Revision Date or Both?

May 3, 2013

Using revision dates and revision numbers are both common document control methods for identifying the current version of the document. Some companies use both dates and numbers. What is actually required?

Forms and Records

March 14, 2013

When is a form a controlled document and when is it a record?

Managing Calibration with QSToolbox

Nov. 2, 2012

Have a look at a worked example of managing calibration of measuring and test equipment using QSToolbox - a recent addition to our support resources.

Do you sign your calibration certificates?

Sept. 14, 2012

Ian shares a recent experience of explaining calibration management to a client, and why you need to review the calibration report.

Stress free internal audits?

Aug. 14, 2012

Tips and tricks for stress free internal quality system audits

Free Safety Assessment Tool from WHSQ

Aug. 14, 2012

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland has an online safety benchmarking tool.

Kick start your ISO 9001 quality system

Aug. 14, 2012

ISO 9001 has a real impact on the on-going development and success of your organisation when all employees participate in the quality system. Here's some ideas on where to get started.

Follow the Customer Order to Quality

Aug. 14, 2012

When implementing a new ISO9001 Quality Management System, it is sometimes difficult to know where to begin. A common question is 'which procedures do I need to document?". Here's a path to follow.

Why use a web-based quality system?

Aug. 13, 2012

Ian observes that small / medium companies across Australia struggle to maintain paper-based quality systems. With key tasks neglected, there's no value for the business and certification is lost or abandoned.

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