Managing risk for life science organizations is often seen as simply a way to achieve and maintain industry compliance, and not as a means to improving operational performance.
That’s far from the perception in other industries, where effective risk management also supports continuous improvement and competitive differentiation.
Industry leaders in risk management are committed to continuous improvement programs, which drive down risks on existing products. The reality today is that the changing nature of risks requires adopting effective strategies to properly prioritize and mitigate them.
Arguably life science manufacturers should adopt a similar approach that takes advantage of best practices from across industries.
To that end, manufacturers should focus on:
Using a single unified framework for risk management
A unified framework allows the ability to compare risks, and execute continuous improvement measures. Many possible risk models exist, such as failure modes/failure effects/causes/controls/verification, or hazards/harms/controls/consequences. A unified model allows manufacturers to … Read more...
On February 8, 2017, I delivered a presentation to 138 attendees on Integrated Management Systems (IMS) at the monthly ASQ Toronto section meeting. To learn more about IMS, read The Case for EHSQ Integrated Management Systems. The audience consisted of a broad range of experts including CQEs, CQAs, CQIAs, CSSGB, CSSBB, management consultants, auditors, among others.
As part of the introduction, I asked the audience how many people have either heard about or were already familiar with Integrated Management Systems and I’d say about 40% of the audience raised their hands – which is a good sign! I was actually only expecting about 10 to 20 people to raise their hands. This definitely demonstrates that Integrated Management Systems is of interest to quality management professionals. The concept of an IMS becomes even more important because of the harmonization of standards due to the recent changes in ISO 9001:2015, ISO … Read more...
This month our member Eric J. Conn hosts an open discussion on OSHA’s E-Recordkeeping and Anti-Retaliation Rule. We invite you to join our Environmental, Health and Safety, and Quality professional community, and share your knowledge with other members.
Get the Record Straight: Latest on OSHA’s E-Recordkeeping and Anti-Retaliation Rule by member Eric J. Conn
Passing the Certified Safety Professional Examination with Paul Mcneill
Stop Workers Loss of Focus During Hazardous Jobs: 7 Tips To Restore Balance member Erica Montes
On Demand Webinar – Keeping a Pulse on Field Safety Trends – by Jamie Young
Have you ever wondered if there is a better way to manage your organization’s management systems using an Integrated Management System? Silos and disparate systems should be a thing of the past. Between the Quality Management System (QMS), Safety Management System (SMS), and Environmental Management System (EMS), there is abundant opportunity to eliminate inefficiency and duplication of activities especially in more complex organizations with multiple business units.
We invite you to join our Environmental, Health and Safety, and Quality professional discussions. This week join our member Dr Vince Marchesani in our second Master Mind session on using Leading Indicators in our Workplaces. We invite you to join the discussion and share your knowledge with other members.
Mastermind Discussion | Using Leading Indicators In a Real Workplace (Session 2)
Creating Healthy Workplaces for Call Center Workers
Rules Relating to Board-Initiated Investigations – Rule
Is your company recognized by its suppliers as a Customer of Choice? What exactly does this distinction mean and why is it important? A Customer of Choice is a customer recognized by many of its suppliers as a preferred customer for a number of reasons. From their talented workforce and integrated management systems to their global processes and approach to supplier collaboration, customers that can achieve this distinction can unlock new sources of competitive advantage with the help of their suppliers.
When suppliers recognize that they have a Customer of Choice on their hands, they have a tendency to go out of their way to service that particular customer’s needs. In these situations, suppliers will assign their most talented employees, allocate scarce resources, provide additional discounts, prioritize production capacity, give early access to new products, and go out of their way to solve customer problems so that their customers can … Read more...
We invite you to join our Environmental, Health and Safety, and Quality professional discussions. This week, join our member Amanda Wang Valentine in her EHSQ Professionals discussion about if attention affects operational performance in our organizations. We invite you to join the discussion and share your knowledge with other members.
How do you believe attention affects operational performance in your organization?
Safety and Quality: ” ‘Must Have’ Metrics for Continuous Improvement”
Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order (FPSW EO) Overview
We invite you to join our Environmental, Health and Safety, and Quality professional discussions. This week, join our member Jim Blankenship in our new EHSQ Professionals OHST Exam study group. We invite you to join the discussion and share your knowledge with other members.
Safety Management Systems: Form vs. Function
Will ISO 45001 Improve our Standard of Safety Globally?
Digital technologies have moved from the shadows of business operations to the center stage, where they now touch every corner of the business and play an important role in corporate strategy.
This drastic shift has far-reaching implications for companies and requires people to think in a fundamentally different way about technology and business. Digital technologies were once cost centers; they are now emerging as profit centers, offering a seemingly endless array of new possibilities for optimizing and transforming business operations.
It is impossible to overstate the impact that mobile technology has had on the way that we access information, the way we communicate with one another, and yes, the way we do business. These changes, coupled with an increasingly mobile workforce, are forcing organizations to reevaluate almost every aspect of their day-to-day operations.
Many organizations are still searching for information and best practices to inform a strong enterprise mobile strategy. … Read more...
We invite you to join our Environmental, Health and Safety, and Quality professional discussions. This week, join our member Randy Cadieuxas he shares the power of Storytelling to improve your organization. We invite you to join the discussion and share your knowledge with our members.
Powerful Storytelling To Improve Your Organization
Leading Indicators for Workplace Health and Safety: a user guide
ISO 14001:2015 – EMS Essentials
How to Use Storytelling and ‘Lessons Learned’ to Improve Safety Performance