6 Reasons Why Quality Professionals Support Integrated Management Systems

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...

EHSQ Community | OSHA E-Recordkeeping

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.

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The Case for EHSQ Integrated Management Systems

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.


To learn more, watch this webinar hosted by ASQ (American Society for Quality) where Peter-Elias Alouche discusses:

  • The importance of the customer’s perspective
  • Why businesses should integrate their management systems
  • What is an EHSQ Integrated Management System anyways?
  • What are some of the opportunities to start integrating management systems today
  • The importance of culture

Whenever you assess or improve the effectiveness of your organization’s management system(s), you need to think about your customers and what they want. It’s easy to get caught up … Read more...

EHSQ Community | Healthy Workplaces

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
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Suppliers Want You to Be Their Customer of Choice

Customer of ChoiceIs 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...

EHSQ Intelex Community | Operational Performance

Environmental, Health and Safety, and Quality Professional CommunityWe 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

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EHSQ Intelex Community | OHST

Environmental, Health and Safety, and Quality Professional CommunityWe 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?
  • EHS – OHST Study Group
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How to Develop an Enterprise Mobile Strategy

Enterprise Mobile Strategy

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.

blog-img-impact-of-mobileMany organizations are still searching for information and best practices to inform a strong enterprise mobile strategy. … Read more...

EHSQ Intelex Community | Safety Storytelling

Environmental, Health and Safety, and Quality Professional CommunityWe invite you to join our Environmental, Health and Safety, and Quality professional discussions. This week, join our member Randy Cadieux as 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

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EHSQ Intelex Community | Behavioral Safety

Environmental, Health and Safety, and Quality Professional CommunityWe invite you to join our Environmental, Health and Safety, and Quality professional discussions. This week, join our member Ron Gantt as he shares the blind spots of Behavioral Observation Programs. We invite you to join the discussion and share your knowledge with our members.

  • The Blind Spots of Behavioral Observation Programs

  • A Systems Approach to Risk Management Through Leading Safety Indicators

  • Elements of an Effective Safety Management System

  • How to use Storytelling and Lessons-Learned for Improving Safety Performance

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