Quality management standards such as ISO 9000 and Environmental Management standards like ISO 14001 have become a very important part of the quality and environmental systems of the Metals, Mining, and Minerals industries. EtQ has developed an Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Software system to help maintain quality to these initiatives, while providing a flexible workflow platform to adapt to changing business processes, without programming.
Challenges Facing the Metals & Mining Industry
Business System Integration
As more and more business systems are implemented in an automotive organization, the ability to communicate between these systems becomes difficult. As a result, crucial processes are disjointed and often rely on manual "jumping" between systems, which can lead to inefficiencies in the process. EtQ's EHS Software features a robust integration layer that allows for information to be passed to and from external systems, widening the scope of the quality process to include ERP, MRP, MES and other business systems.
Health and Safety
Employee health and safety is among one of the top risks impacting the Metals, Mining and Minerals industries - increased automation in mining operations has resulted in an increase in safety by decreasing the number of employees needed on site in the more dangerous areas.
A system that can help assess and mitigate risk is important to ensure ease of use of the safety measures that are in place as well as to ensure the safety of employees who are on site. EtQ's Corrective and Preventive Action (CAPA) module will automatically generate a corrective action request to route through review, root cause, corrective action taken, and verification stages and will automatically generate multiple reports to track the source and cost of all problems, incorporating safety into each step of the process. EtQ's EHS software is also pre-configured to initiate various post-corrective action processes, including electronic distribution of Corrective Action results, Change Management, and Employee Training.
Organizations that are able to ensure high quality at a consistent rate and quickly respond to delivery and customer product needs have the opportunity to exceed the competition. By ensuring quality through the use of an ISO 9000 - based system, safety is increased because specific guidelines are put in place for the operation of all machinery and employees are thoroughly trained in all aspects of their jobs - increasing efficiency across the enterprise. EtQ provides a robust set of modules to increase quality in all aspects, including EtQ's Employee Training module, which enhances the depth of training by managing the identification, responsibilities, authorities, training, and certification requirements for each employee in an easy-to-use environment.
Compliance to Regulatory Pressure
EtQ's EHS software will keep an organization in compliance with ISO 9000 and ISO 14000 standards while seamlessly automating all processes through the use of its Legislative and Regulatory Requirements module, which ensures that an organization identifies, accesses and evaluates laws, regulations, and internal organizational requirements that apply to the environmental aspects of its activities, products, and services. Documents including the required OSHAS forms will be managed and controlled through the use of EtQ's Document Control module, which will manage the creation, approval, distribution, and archiving of all controlled documents.