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Old 30th September 2011, 03:06 AM
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"a procedure is a document describing the processes of an organization.It is written with a general overview of what will be done and who will be responsible for making sure it is being done while a work instruction is a document describing a specific activity or task within the organization. It contains the greatest amount of detail."

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Old 30th September 2011, 03:14 AM
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Re: Procedure vs. Work Instruction (WI) - What is the difference?

hi Mr. Collin,
i am just confused regarding procedures: general procedures or procedure manual, what do you think is the correct term or difference of the two? Is it possible that a company established a work instructions without the general procedure?For example, in a certain department, all documents established are work instructions without any general procedure?
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Old 30th September 2011, 03:47 AM
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Re: Procedure vs. Work Instruction (WI) - What is the difference?

As a guide to differentiate the two, a procedure is inter-departmental while a WI is intra-departmental.

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Old 1st October 2011, 02:22 PM
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Re: Procedure vs. Work Instruction (WI) - What is the difference?

I disagree that a procedure is always inter-departmental. The input to a procedure can come from within the same department.

Actually, I think the definition of procedure and work instruction has little to do with departments. They have a lot to do with work flow, value streams, etc.

Depending on what one means about "detail", a work instruction can have tremendous detail where as a procedure may not. A procedure may have more information than a work instruction but less detail. A work instrucution on how to set up a machine may have a lot of details.

I agree with Bill Goss. I am not sure if it is necessary to define these terms to a really specific degree. The key is to have the appropriate information at the necessary points of use.
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Old 1st October 2011, 03:20 PM
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hi Mr. Collin,
i am just confused regarding procedures: general procedures or procedure manual, what do you think is the correct term or difference of the two? Is it possible that a company established a work instructions without the general procedure?For example, in a certain department, all documents established are work instructions without any general procedure?
I think the only reason for referring to a 'procedure manual' is because companies put them together in a file or folder - don't worry about the name, it isn't important really.

Sure, you can have work instructions without documented procedures - you may have a competent person operating a machine so s/he doesn't need a documented procedure to do so but they may have instructions for setting the machine like temperatures, pressures, etc.
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Old 24th February 2012, 09:54 AM
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Re: Procedure vs. Work Instruction (WI) - What is the difference?

This thread sure cleared the difference for me.

Well actually it filled my head with new questions, but that's life I guess :P
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Old 24th February 2012, 10:07 AM
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This thread sure cleared the difference for me.

Well actually it filled my head with new questions, but that's life I guess :P
So, welcome, and please feel free to ask for answers!
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Old 24th February 2012, 12:32 PM
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Re: Procedure vs. Work Instruction (WI) - What is the difference?

It is interesting to me that it was stated that you can have a work instruction with out a top level procedure for it. My management absolutely will not have that. If there is a WI on anything it has to be referenced in a procedure. The logic is how will someone know it is there if their procedure doesn't "point" them to it.
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