R2/ RIOS Overview

R2, or Responsible Recycling, is governed by SERI (Sustainable Electronics Recycling International – sustainableelectronics.org ), who also has issued the RIOS standard (Recycling Industry Operating Standard). Environmental Impact of Focus Materials R2 is aimed at...

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ISO 45001: Early Adoption Progress Report

ISO 45001, the international ISO standard focusing on occupational health and safety, was released in March 2018. Folks who had been previously certified to OHSAS 18001 must upgrade their system to the new standard no later than 3/12/2021, as the old OHSAS...

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What are the Requirements of OSHA?

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is a federal agency responsible for the health and safety of the majority of employees working within the US. Developed as a result of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of...

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What is OSHA and Why is it Important?

OSHA is the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, whose primary goal is to carry out the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA Act) of 1970. While it has undergone several amendments since 1970, it is still used today to contribute towards ensuring every...

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Tools for Process Auditing

A process audit is a necessary assessment when looking at ways to improve the management of a process, whether to determine how cost-effective the process is or where improvements can be made. Processes can be those involved in the development of a product/service,...

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What are the benefits of a Turtle Diagram?

Turtle Diagrams can be used in conjunction with Process Flow Charts, Procedures, Work Instructions, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to link them all together, correlating the information in one simple to read diagram. There are many benefits of using a Turtle...

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Why use a Turtle Diagram?

When an organization has chosen to document their processes, it can be a daunting task, even more so for those that have to read through the documentation afterward – including auditors and new employees. This is where the use of a Turtle Diagram can make things...

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How Important Are Turtle Diagrams for An Organization?

Firstly, let's look at what a Turtle Diagram is. A Turtle Diagram is a visual tool that displays all aspects of a process including inputs, outputs, criteria metrics and other relevant information that assists in the efficiency improvements of organizational...

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Helpful Tools for Managing your Process Flows

We’re going to take a short departure from our regular column on standards, to talk about techniques for managing your yard better, in the spirit of this issue on Operations. Do you have a process flow that you need to follow, but find that there are a lot of moving...

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First Things First

It’s no secret that I think systems will help a shop run better – more efficiently, easier to train employees, higher profits.  Systems take time to implement, however. One of the conversations I frequently have is, “OK, I’ll accept your premise that it will make more...

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