By Sara Peters, Fauske & Associates, LLC
Quality is a term that gets thrown around a lot. Merriam Webster defines quality as “how good or bad
Every industry has their take on what quality or QA means to them and their product as well as what it should mean to the consumer. It is easily translated when you consider widgets or tangible things by how it looks, how it lasts, how it functions, etc. But, in the world of process safety management (PSM), it can get a bit more difficult to define.
There is a veritable alphabet soup of accreditations, qualifications and standards floating around to consider – ISO 17025, ISO-9001, TickIT, QMS, CFR, etc. - when looking for a provider to help with your process safety testing and consulting needs. At the crux of it all, however, it is important to understand what the idea of quality means to the company you are considering and what you as a customer really need to know.
Say you are looking for a standard combustible dust test, flammability testing, or seismic engineering, it is fairly easy to identify a provider that can deliver the technical requirements of the job. But, it is equally important to make sure that they can meet those requirements while keeping with the requirements of any relevant industry standard and in a manner that ensures that the testing and consulting are delivered by qualified personnel to ensure the reliability of data. Receiving valid data can be critical to your plant safety plan.
Consider whether their accreditation, qualification or standard is applicable and relevant to the testing or consulting and industry they are in and service they are providing. Is the testing related to chemical, industrial or nuclear? ISO alone has over 1000 standards.
These are just a few points to consider but are all good indicators of a company having a strong quality assurance program.
We understand personally the importance of quality, as these are all things that our company incorporates in our own quality assurance programs. As a provider of process safety consulting and testing services which are ISO- 17025/IEC, ISO-9001 and TickIT certified, we also have a robust and fully developed Quality Assurance program. We have a saying at our company that “Safety is the priority. Quality is the standard.” It is foundation and guiding principal on which our business continues to grow.
The bottom line, choose a provider that makes quality a priority. You will be glad you did.
For more information on Fauske & Associates, LLC Quality Assurance programs and how your organization can benefit further from process safety programs, contact us at email@example.com or 630-323-8750 or 1-877-FAUSKE1.