10 Aug 2022

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Why does one become an auditor? What makes a good auditor? These are some of the questions that one may have in mind when it comes to auditing.  “ISO auditors can’t look at everything. As a result, they’ve been trained to look for key indicators that reflect the overarching quality standards for an entire organization. Optimizing for these indicators will ensure that your audit goes smoo...

02 Aug 2022

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ISM Code has now stood the test of time, as the fundamental in implementing the process-based management system approach in the maritime industry. All too often, major accidents are the catalyst for change in the maritime industry.  Evidence of this is seen in the development and implementation of maritime conventions and codes in existence today. The International Safety Management (ISM...

02 Aug 2022

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AS 9100 aerospace quality management systems enable organizations a framework for using a process-based approach to meeting customer requirements. AS 9100 in clause 5.1.1h requires the leadership to show their commitment to the system by “engaging, directing, and supporting persons to contribute to the effectiveness of the quality management system.” Further clause 7.3 asks organizations...

28 Jul 2022

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Management systems should enable the continual improvement of an organization. Even with a well-documented and resourced system, managers find it challenging to gain buy-in from the workforce. Users are looking for the answer to “what’s in it for me?” It is only when this question is answered that the workforce will raise non-conformities, audits will not be perceived as policing and peo...

17 Jun 2022

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Overwhelmed by the amount of documentation within your organization. Don’t worry, you are not alone! As organizations and their systems grow so does the amount of system documentation to include procedures, instructions, checklists, SOPs etc. At times, the documentation is not created because it is needed. It is created to resolve a non-conformity, to ensure a process error does not o...

20 Apr 2022

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There is often confusion about the difference between audits and inspections. The purpose of each may seem the same, but they are slightly different.  Audits focus on why, while inspections focus on what. The purpose of an audit is to get the confidence that processes are working well.  An audit involves various layers to answer a “why” question. It involves exploratory reviews involving...

18 Mar 2022

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Reducing Human Error in Your System As believers in the process-based system approach to management systems, QMII encourages organizations during their root cause analysis to not ask “who” but “how” and “why” the system failed the individual. Human errors primarily occur because the system has failed. Sure, there is a human element to the process, but it is only when the system is asses...

08 Mar 2022

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Quality Management International President and CEO, Dr. IJ Arora presented on the topic "Why Safety Management Systems Fail-The Cost of Non-Compliance" at the Passenger Vessel Association MariTrends. The presentation was well received and applauded by the packed room. The PVA Anual Convention was held at Northern Kentucky Convention Center this year on March 4-7. The convention featur...

17 Dec 2021

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How often have we heard these words within our organization? Often the evidence is right before the persons eyes and they fail to see it. Perhaps in the hope that the failure to acknowledge it will cause it to go away. Across industries “non-conformities” have come to be recognized as something negative, to be done away with quickly. ISO 9001 2015 training teaches us that a non-conformit...

03 Nov 2021

Two decades ago, the United States was involved in a horrendous tragedy on September 11th, 2001. On September 11th (9/11) four planes flying over the eastern US were seized simultaneously by small teams of hijackers. They were used as giant missiles to crash into well-known landmark buildings in New York and Washington, DC. This attack changed America forever. The next terror attack wil...