The Barrie/Midland & Area Consortium's Senior Managers SIG and Quality & Production/CI SIG this month had the same topic - Risk Management and Risk Based Thinking.
Every year, in June, I used to “get a hate on” for insurance companies! This was the time of year when all the renewals happened – car insurance (which never seemed to go down – only up); house and business insurance - if any of you have owned a century home and run 2 businesses from it – one that required additional insurance for liability etc. – you will understand my level of frustration at the extra costs incurred. Now, I don’t have the house or the issues with insurance, but I, also, now, have come to appreciate a little more the philosophy of covering your bases – in case.
Facilitating this month’s Barrie/Midland & Area consortium both the Senior Managers SIG and the Quality & Production SIGs further bolstered my warming to the topic of insurance as a way to attempt to mitigate any risks that may occur if…
The topics of the two sessions were Risk Management and Risk Based Thinking and the new ISO standards both 9001-2015 and 31000.
It is interesting to see what the focus of the subject is between the 2 groups with Senior Managers looking at costs involved in upgrading registrations (audits, manpower, etc.) and whether or not to get and/or stay certified; and the Quality & Production group looking more at what needs to be done to meet the requirements on a more day to day level with audits etc.
Topics discussed included:
- SWAT and Risk Analysis
- High risk at a management level (monthly) and drilling down to the production level (daily)
- Layer process audits and Gemba walks
- Caution – do things to satisfy the business not to satisfy the audit requirement
- Combining Safety, Quality, and Environment
- “Audit fatigue”
- ISO helps “hold your feet to the fire” to maintain processes and control
All agreed that the need to identify, evaluate, and mitigate (if possible) the risks (on a management and implementation level) related to running their businesses is necessary whether or not customers are asking or ISO certification.
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