Document control is part of an effective system of internal controls, which is an essential requirement for compliance with standards such as ISO 9001, ISO 13485, IATF 16949, ISO 22000, the Joint Commission (formerly JCAHO), and a plethora of regulations (e.g., Sarbanes-Oxley, HIPAA). Continue reading Document Control, How to Improve it
Of all the types of findings a quality auditor can write up in an audit, Document Control Audit Findings are one of the most common. In this day and age, there’s really no excuse for getting a document control audit finding. How can I say that? Continue reading Document Control Audit Findings and How to Eliminate Them
Using policy management software-as-a-service (SaaS) — like Bizmanualz “Onpolicy” — provides 10 Ways Policies Procedures Software Saves You Money! What are the considerable money-saving advantages over document storage-and-retrieval methods that many businesses still use today. Continue reading 10 Ways Policies Procedures Software Saves You Money!
If you are writing a company policy, a business procedure, or a whole policy and procedure manual then you know that policies and procedures writing has its own requirements. Sharing, control, and reporting are three of the most important aspects of policy and procedure management. Continue reading Time for Policy Procedure Management Software?
For years, writing policies, procedures and forms has been done in MS-Word. The final document is printed on paper and bound into a manual. If you have ever used a system of paper based binders then you know that this is NOT a simple system. Keeping track of paper revisions, manually signing-off on paper changes, filing the paper changes, ensuring people have read and are using the paper, and of course, retrieving old versions or change pages is not fast, easy and definitely not simple. So what is a policies, procedures and forms document manager to do? Continue reading Policies Procedures–Fast
Here’s a scenario: A new employee has to be trained on a particular procedure. The person who normally conducts the training (the area supervisor) is unexpectedly out of the office for a couple of days, due to illness. You, the Human Resources director, prefer not to have the new employee sitting around while waiting to be trained. They ought to be able to familiarize themselves with the procedure; you believe this will help speed up the training. Continue reading How Do You Train Employees on Procedures?
Our customers cite ‘organizational improvement’ as their main reason why they purchase policies and procedures. From many conversations we have gleaned that customers want to implement a system for continuous improvement and compliance. In a system, procedures are continuously reviewed, revised, and updated. Bizmanualz OnPolicy manages policy procedure workflow and simplifies compliance.
Why do we bother documenting processes, tasks, and events? What purpose does documentation serve? And, if we’re going to do it, shouldn’t we do it right? Are there benefits of document management systems? Continue reading What are the Benefits of Document Management Systems?
Companies are using a wide variety of software solutions to develop intranet policies and procedures for multiple departments. Common intranet policies and procedures software solutions include editing in MS-Word, publishing in PDF, and managing files in SharePoint. You can try putting most of your information on a wiki, but a wiki can be an inefficient solution for keeping documentation up-to-date and under control. Adobe has a product called RoboHelp that’s good for maintaining a single source and distributing various versions and revision changes to a mixture of channels. Continue reading How to Develop Intranet Policies and Procedures for Multiple Departments
If your company is like most, you’re storing your policies and procedures on a file server. Perhaps your working drafts are in one folder, approved versions are in another folder, and previous versions are archived in yet another folder. Some companies will create folders for the different clauses of ISO 9001 or arrange documents according to functional areas or departments. A lot of these companies aren’t even practicing the most basic security techniques, like limiting “read-write” privileges to a select few. Furthermore, how can you use a document control system to manage your policies and procedures? Continue reading What Document Control System Is Most Effective?