Many companies are finding it useful to combine their upper level quality, health & safety, and environmental policies into a single system. This integration allows management to focus on similar implementation issues and to consolidate resources at various levels within the organization. For a management system to be effective, it must also be integrated with external requirements imposed upon a company. For instance:
QSI’s integration approaches will systemically and systematically create compliance with requirements. While the words ‘systemically’ and ‘systematically’ seem very similar, they are not. Systemically refers to having an integrated management system in place to allow for the correct documentation of a management structure to promote compliance to regulatory requirements – throughout your system. Systematically refers to the method of planning, documentation, implementation and monitoring of the operating procedures to ensure compliance.
While this may sound simple, in practice it is not, because the manner in which a management system is documented and deployed depends greatly upon the organization’s level of understanding of management systems and regulatory requirements. QSI has the experience and expertise to create the documentation necessary to integrate any or all your requirements into a single system.
Most approaches for achieving certification or meeting benchmark/compliance standards are designed for a 9 to 12 month period; however, we are experienced in assisting businesses to achieve certification as quickly as possible without costly delays. We can also simultaneously document quality systems for several locations, further reducing the overall cost for a business.
Business Process Standardization
Companies frequently operate under separate management systems for multiple sites and/or geographical locations. A manufacturing company, for instance, may have ten international locations, each with a separate quality system. This may also be true of their health & safety and environmental systems. This kind of an approach often leads to process fragmentation, internal and intra-company miscommunication, and inconsistency in what products or services a company offers its customers.
QSI helps businesses to create a harmonized approach to management system deployment throughout their organization, regardless of the number of locations involved.
Benefits of Certification
♦ Reduce cost
♦ Improve operational efficiency, productivity, and product reliability
♦ Customer satisfaction - meet customer requirements
♦ Access to new markets
♦ Increase market share and sales
♦ Meet statutory and regulatory requirements
♦ Increased environmental benefit
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QSI’s consulting focuses on risk management related to regulatory issues and compliance and is performed using a blend of specifically developed techniques and cross-industry guidance documents. The focus is on reducing liability related to noncompliance to regulatory requirements. Regulatory requirements are considered to be requirements imposed or otherwise adopted by regulation or law, including local, state, national, or international governments. Such requirements are imposed upon a business based upon its:
♦ Product or service type
♦ Geographical location
Even though all industries share commonalities with regard to compliance, regulatory compliance means different things to different industries. For any individual business, regulatory compliance equates to a combination of requirements for its product or service type, geographic location, industry, and customer-specific requirements. Depending on the breadth of a company’s product or offering, the regulatory requirements can quickly seem unmanageable.
We assist companies in the integration of requirements into your management system to substantiate compliance and reduce risk. Our approach focuses on integration, not fragmentation, of requirements – whether they are management system requirements, technical requirements, or regulatory compliance requirements. QSI’s services harmonize requirements so that they are treated as one issue and not multiple separate issues – allowing regulatory requirements to be documented into a single integrated management system with uniquely designed technical applications. Furthermore, our consulting takes into consideration customer and supplier interfaces to ensure that external sources to your company are also considered.
QSI’s methodology allows a company to flow down the requirements from the top tier of the management system to the working levels of the system, allowing for successful system implementation, monitoring, reporting, and management feedback. This allows a company to:
♦ Understand the requirements
♦ Minimize noncompliance
♦ Detect and correct noncompliance if it occurs
♦ Implement corrective and preventive actions
♦ Maintain documentation to demonstrate compliance to requirements
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Bud Weightman, President of QSI, is an international management systems expert involved with management and technical systems for over 40 years. As President of QSI, Bud is involved with the industry committees responsible for emerging requirements, including: revision of API specifications, leading various API Task Groups, and lead auditor for the accreditation of SEMS Audit Providers through the Center for Offshore Safety. Bud’s experience includes working with ISO 9001, ISO 14000, and OHSAS 18000 management systems, as well as industry-specific certification schemes such as API Q1 and Q2, AS9100, ASME systems, and numerous other standards.
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