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SOPs are used within a variety of industries ranging from manufacturing (for ISO 9000, AS9100, ISO/TS16949, OSHA), health care (JCAHO, ISO 13485), FDA (ISO 22000, GMP), Information Technology (ITIL, ISO 20000, CoBit), accounting (Sarbanes-Oxley, GAAP, IFRS), or Human Resources (ADA, FMLA, EOE, FSLA, etc). In fact, so many industries use standards that there are too many to list. The world is awash in standards. So, why use SOP Templates?
Procedures are About Business Processes
Perhaps if everything always executed as planned then we would not need procedures, but this is not the case in the real world. An SOP or Standard Operating Procedure is used to ensure business processes are well thought through, that each task in a process is performed the same way every time, and important data is recorded, along with errors or deviations so corrective action can be taken. When we use procedures we allow ourselves to learn.
Procedures Are About Learning
We use procedures to plan out process expectations (Plan), collect data (Do), check the data against our expectations (Check), and then take corrective action (Act) on what we have learned. This is the learning loop or PDCA in action. PDCA is the basis of process learning.
Standards are developed to shorten the learning. Why wait for people to get hurt in the factory? OSHA Standards foster safety learning. OSHA SOP procedures communicate safety expectations. OSHA maybe for safety yet the same principle applies to all other standards or regulations. Standards are intended to speed up process learning.
Standards speed up learning within various industry segments just like SOP Templates speed up learning what to write. Many business processes share the same characteristics. And while not all business processes are exactly the same, many are similar enough to learn from and model to write your own procedures for your business.
SOP Templates provide a standard starting point. So the real question is Why NOT Use SOP Templates. Using procedure templates save time, provides an opportunity to learn from experts, and helps you meet various standards, fast.
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