Outsourcing Quality Management Systems

Compliance to ISO (International Standards Organization) quality management standards such as ISO 9001: 2008 and ISO 14001/18001 become increasingly necessary in today’s business world. Customers and stakeholders consider it a sign that a company is responsible and forward-thinking. Companies use it to make sure they meet the needs of their customers with the highest possible quality level. Is your company ISO certified? If not, there is no doubt that you should be. But where do you start? A good consulting firm can answer your questions and even manage the entire quality management process for you. There are several benefits to outsourcing your quality management system.

Knowledge

ISO standards are complex and frequently updated. If you do not know exactly what you are doing, the implementation process can be arduous and maintaining compliance can be a nightmare. ISO certification requires frequent internal and external audits to ensure correct compliance. It makes sense to have a team of dedicated and specially trained individuals making sure you hit the mark. They will know where to start, how to document, what to audit and when to update. If you already have a quality management system in place, a consulting firm can help you improve and refine your processes as well as perform all of your internal audits and supplier audits in the future. Remember: more knowledge equals less risk.

Resources

If you are thinking about implementing a quality management system, you are probably part of a business. If you are in business, you are good at something – maybe even the best at something. Your competitive advantage lies in your core competencies and outsourcing your quality management system will allow you to focus on them. Allowing a consulting firm to handle the system for you will provide a better overall value for your customers.

Cost savings

It may sound counter-intuitive, but outsourcing your quality management system has significant cost advantages. Outsourcing the work eliminates the need to provide intense ISO training to your staff or hire a high-priced, full-time staff of ISO experts. You do not have to worry about employment turnover and maintain competency in a specialized area. Using an off-site consulting firm will eliminate the overhead of additional equipment and office space.

In addition to the obvious hard cost savings, outsourcing your quality management system will give you the benefit of a known, set price. Implementing a complex and specialized system such as ISO 9000 without skilled, experienced individuals means unexpected delays, costs and setbacks. When you hire a consulting firm, you agree to a price up front, so there are no surprises and you can plan your budged accordingly.

The benefits of outsourcing your quality management system are abundant. Utilizing an outside consulting firm ensures less risk, faster implementation, fewer hassles, lower cost and overall better results. Delivering quality is what keeps you in business and its imperative that you manage it well. Who better to do that than a company who focuses on it all day, every day?

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The Benefits of Having First Aid Trained Staff in the Workplace

First aid is the practice of providing immediate assistance to a person suffering a sudden injury or illness in order to preserve life. A first-aider is someone who has been properly trained to provide first aid by a competent first aid trainer. Do you have first-aiders in your workplace? Do you need first-aiders in your workplace?

Whether you work in a low risk office setting or a high risk industrial factory, there are many benefits to making sure you have employees who are trained in first aid. If you’re unable to hire new employees who are competent first aiders, consider starting your own in-house safety training programme. The small investment of providing training to your employees can pay off by lowering insurance premiums, reducing litigation and limiting amount of money paid to workers on medical leave due to a workplace injury. More importantly, you will have employees who are more aware of general safety and will be proactive in avoiding potentially dangerous actions thereby reducing on-site accidents. In the event that there is an accident or injury, your trained employees will be equipped with knowledge that will allow them to react appropriately to the situation and minimise the impact to the injured person by using the three Ps of first aid.

Preserve

The first P is certainly the most important: preserve life. Preserving life is the primary goal of first aiders. This step begins with assessing the area and checking for danger before approaching the victim. If the surrounding area is safe, the first aider then addresses any immediate life-threatening injuries to the victim such as obstructed airways, circulation and deadly bleeding. An employee trained in first aid will know to identify these conditions and respond with swift action to clear airways, perform CPR or apply immediate pressure to wounds.

Prevent

The goal of the second P is to prevent the victim’s condition from growing worse after preserving life. This step could be anything from keeping the victim from moving to moving the victim out of harm’s way.

Promote

The third P is all about promoting the victim’s recovery. The goal here is to help the victim recover more quickly by doing things such as dressing wounds to avoid infection and cooling burns to reduce scarring. It can also include relieving pain and comforting the victim.

Fast and competently administered first aid can mean the difference between life and death, speedy or prolonged recovery times and temporary or permanent disability. Having a first aid kit is not enough to protect your employees without the people who know how to use it correctly. Although many of the steps above sound like common sense, training your employees in first aid is the best way to make sure that your company is on the right side of safety. And if the safety of your employees isn’t motivating enough, reconsider the cost saving aspects of training your employees in first aid.