After the Gulf spill of 2010, we realized how valuable an organization’s goodwill can be. Goodwill is not a figment of our imaginations or some useless feature that our organizations possess. It is one of your organization’s most valuable assets and it should be listed on your balance sheet.
Earning goodwill is extremely difficult and requires patience and time. However, losing goodwill can happen overnight, if your organization is not careful. Poor practices and safety concerns can put your goodwill in serious jeopardy.
Bryan Salerno, director of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, recently spoke at the inaugural event for the Ocean Energy Safety Institute. He said that some firms need to go “back to fundamental engineering.” He also remarked about how regulators are increasing their focus on risk-based approaches in order to prevent future disasters.
To help facilitate a risk-based approach and ensure that your organization maintains and increases its goodwill, it is important that you have a system in place. To see how Accupoint’s solutions can help mitigate risk and protect of your firm’s goodwill visit accupointsoftware.com or call (800) 563-6250.
Shell Oil Co.’s vice president of health, safety and environment, Dwight Johnston, thinks he has found the key to offshore safety. Shell has experienced a decrease in injuries since they implemented a program to improve the quality of life for its workers on its offshore facilities.
Shell’s “Care Councils”, which consist of workers from various disciplines, meet to discuss how to improve the facilities where workers live for two or three-week stretches.
The workers on these offshore facilities are either working, eating or sleeping while offshore. Johnston feels that if you give employees a comfortable bed that it will translate into a more well-rested, and ultimately safer worker. Shell has supplied foam mattresses to offshore workers and has already experienced four straight months without an injury.
These “Care Councils” seem to be an effective way to increase safety and improve employee morale. Shell plans to continue “Care Councils” and expand into areas such as which workers get priority on the helicopter rides home for family events.
To see how Accupoint can improve organizational safety and efficiency visit accupointsoftware.com or call (800) 563-6250.
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The updated API Spec Q1-9th edition has raised a number of questions. One of the most frequent questions is what constitutes a critical supplier and how do we verify that their QMS conforms to our internal requirements?
Let’s start by answering what a critical supplier is. Basically, the term “critical” is defined by your organization. If your organization cannot survive without this supplier then this supplier should be considered “critical.” These suppliers should play an integral part in the production of your finished product. Keep in mind that “critical” can also refer to the amount of money that is spent with this supplier. It is important that we regularly evaluate our suppliers to insure that their quality, delivery and response performance meet our internal benchmarks. Maintaining supply chain performance is essential to your bottom line, as well as compliance with Spec Q1-9th edition requirements.
Next, let’s look at how to verify that your suppliers’ QMS conforms to the requirements of your organization. You need to outline the specific certification(s), if any, required of your suppliers. If you require certification, then you can rely on the results of a third party auditor to verify that an acceptable system is in place. If you plan to handle supplier audits internally, then you will need to develop site-specific criteria for each supplier. After your initial audit, you will need to conduct regular surveillance audits to verify continued acceptability of the supplier system.
Supplier management is one of the key components of the 9th edition requirements. It is important that your organization maintains a comprehensive supplier management program with the ability benchmark performance metrics.
To find out about how Accupoint Software can help you with effective supplier management programs, as well as the other requirements of Q1- 9th edition, call 800.563.6250 or visit our website at www.accupointsoftware.com.