6 Strategies to Reduce Ergonomic Injuries
Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) such as carpal tunnel syndrome and herniated discs are some of the most common workplace injuries. According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), MSDs account for 34% of lost-time injuries and every $1 in $3 spent on workers’ compensation costs.
4 Critical Components of the Food Safety Pyramid
Many of us grew up with the old-fashioned food pyramid: 6 servings of grains, 5 servings of fruits and veggies, 3 servings of dairy and so on. Today, we have MyPlate, where the basic concepts behind the old food pyramid still appear to hold sway.
5 Important Considerations for a Change Management Initiative
Research shows a full 70 percent of organizational change projects fail, a statistic which has remained at the same level since the 1970s. It’s one reason why so many companies are hesitant to implement changes, even when the potential upside is big.
Software Validation: A QMS Compliance Overview
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires companies to validate any software used in design, manufacture, packaging, labeling, storage, installation and servicing of finished devices. Companies must also use change control to ensure changes to IT systems don’t create unintended risks.
7 Deadly Risks of the European Pharma Industry
Drug companies are constantly grappling with complicated changes in their industry. Those that are quick to identify new pharmaceutical risks and develop policies and procedures to mitigate them can reduce their exposure in an ever-changing landscape. Several important industry trends are reshaping the sector’s future, and we characterize these as the 7 deadly risks of pharma.
“Risk-Based Thinking” Within the New ISO Standards
Risk has always had an implicit role in ISO standards, but newer versions are giving risk a more prominent place in quality and environmental management standards. Updated standards like ISO 9001:2015 and 14001:2015 require companies to apply risk-based thinking to a variety of processes across planning, operations and performance evaluation.
3 Benefits of Nonconformance Management Software
In compliance management, the role of managing and tracking nonconformances is a critical step to ensuring that product defects are flagged and handled properly. Whenever there is a product that differs from plans and specifications, something must be done. Typically, it will be flagged as a nonconforming material.
A 6-Point Checklist for Testing Your Emergency Response Plan
We recently wrote about what makes an effective Emergency Response Plan (ERP), and step 5 focused on the importance of drills and exercises. Today, we’re going to talk about what you need to have in place before you exercise your plan, so you can make sure that exercise is productive.
How an FSMS Supports the 7 Principles of HACCP
Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) compliance dates are approaching, with many companies required to establish a food safety system that analyzes hazards and implements risk-based preventive controls.
4 Risk Assessment Tools For All Quality Pros
Risk assessment is a critical component of good quality management. Here are 4 risk assessment tools every quality pro should have in their toolbox.
7 Must-Haves for Supplier Quality Agreements
Supply chain failure is considered a top threat to life science companies, second only to intellectual property theft. Despite the risks, the market for contract manufacturers continues to grow at a rapid pace. In fact, experts predict the global contract manufacturing market for pharmaceuticals will exceed $79 billion in 2019.