Corrective Action System - Controls Terminology

JodiB

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Terminology

Hi everyone. sorry for being incommunicato for so long. I get home around 7:30pm or later and then take care of homelife and then up again at 5:30. You know the drill. Big no-no getting onto the internet at work. They make us log in (!) with our network password and everything just so they can track what we do and where we go. Anyway, I'm being toasted with this new job. Everything is going fine with daughter BTW and we hope to have her home later this month. Fingers crossed.

Here's what I've got: For our corrective action system we have to list the immediate and basic causes, and then choose a "Lack of Control". The three choices for Lack of Control are : Inadequate Program, Inadequate Standard, and Inadequate Compliance to Standard.

Question is about the difference between Program and Standard. I have my own idea about what they are, but I want to hear what everyone else says. I've started a series of classes to teach our reporting and investigation system, and want to be sure that I'm telling everyone the right thing.

Help?
 
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David Hartman

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Lucinda said:
Hi everyone. sorry for being incommunicato for so long. I get home around 7:30pm or later and then take care of homelife and then up again at 5:30. You know the drill. Big no-no getting onto the internet at work. They make us log in (!) with our network password and everything just so they can track what we do and where we go. Anyway, I'm being toasted with this new job. Everything is going fine with daughter BTW and we hope to have her home later this month. Fingers crossed.

Here's what I've got: For our corrective action system we have to list the immediate and basic causes, and then choose a "Lack of Control". The three choices for Lack of Control are : Inadequate Program, Inadequate Standard, and Inadequate Compliance to Standard.

Question is about the difference between Program and Standard. I have my own idea about what they are, but I want to hear what everyone else says. I've started a series of classes to teach our reporting and investigation system, and want to be sure that I'm telling everyone the right thing.

Help?
I will venture a guess and suggest that "program" possibly is referring to the "process". But, that's just my interpretation. Is there someone there who may have had some involvement in authoring this system, who may be able to shed some light on their intent? :bigwave:
 
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energy

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Who chose the catagories?

Lucinda said:
Here's what I've got: For our corrective action system we have to list the immediate and basic causes, and then choose a "Lack of Control". The three choices for Lack of Control are : Inadequate Program, Inadequate Standard, and Inadequate Compliance to Standard.

Question is about the difference between Program and Standard. I have my own idea about what they are, but I want to hear what everyone else says. I've started a series of classes to teach our reporting and investigation system, and want to be sure that I'm telling everyone the right thing.

Help?
First welcome back. Glad to hear things are going good as can be expected. :agree:

I assume you mean "Internal Standard"? Why make the catagories subject to interpretation? There is really only two, IMHO. 1. Your process may be inadequate. 2. Not working to the standard means basically the same thing, except that when the Internal Standard was developed, it wasn't in compliance with the "Standard". Am I reading right? You appear to be avoiding the use of the word "Procedure". Any particular reason? :smokin:
 
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Lucinda said:
Question is about the difference between Program and Standard. I have my own idea about what they are, but I want to hear what everyone else says. I've started a series of classes to teach our reporting and investigation system, and want to be sure that I'm telling everyone the right thing.
I agree welcome back! :bigwave:

I also see the program as the process, but see the standard as the criteria. They may be saying that if the standard is wrong, perhaps you are using the wrong metrics. But I'm just guessing.
 
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energy

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To say that the standard is inadequate is silly.IMHO. A standard is what you work to. It sounds like taking an exception to the standard. Whoever coined the terminology is exhibiting a lack of knowledge in the CA process. Yes, I'm saying that!:(
 
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David Hartman

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energy said:
To say that the standard is inadequate is silly.IMHO. A standard is what you work to. It sounds like taking an exception to the standard. Whoever coined the terminology is exhibiting a lack of knowledge in the CA process. Yes, I'm saying that!:(
Energy, I'm assuming that their reference to a "standard" is in-fact referring to their documented procedure. If that is the case then the possibility of the "standard"/procedure being inadequate is very real. As an example: Many years ago I witnessed an assembly operator who was responsible for attaching 8 wires to a bare radio chassis. She needed to attach 4 wires to each side panel of the subject chassis, which she accomplished by attaching 4 wires to one side panel, then rotating the chassis to attach the other 4 wires.

In reviewing the written procedure I found that she in-fact was supposed to attach 1 wire, rotate the chassis, attach 1 wire, rotate the chassis, attach another 1 wire, rotate..., until she had attache all 8 wires.

Although she wasn't following the procedure the process as she was performing it was quicker, more effecient (increased productivity) and was accomplished with less chance of error than that prescribed by the Manufacturing Engineer/process writer. Corrective action consisted of rewriting the procedure to reflect the operator's process; and ensuring that the operators were trained to handle such improvements through proper channels, prior to implementing them. :bigwave:
 
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energy said:
To say that the standard is inadequate is silly.IMHO. A standard is what you work to. It sounds like taking an exception to the standard. Whoever coined the terminology is exhibiting a lack of knowledge in the CA process. Yes, I'm saying that!:(
And that might be where the problem is (the terminology). I worked with a company that used the term "standard" in place of "specification". So if the specification is in inches, and you build to mm, then you can say you built to the wrong standard, or the standard was inadequate. It can easily cause confusion. Besides didn't JW say that there is no standard?
 
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energy

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With you

ddhartma said:
Energy, I'm assuming that their reference to a "standard" is in-fact referring to their documented procedure. If that is the case then the possibility of the "standard"/procedure being inadequate is very real.
I agree, Dave. That's why made the reference to the lack of the word procedure. Or course a "procedure" may be inadequate. After all, we write those! :vfunny: It has been my experience that when people call a procedure a standard, they don't know what the word Standard means to most of the world. Your procedures are usually written with your product and a "Standard" in mind. I'm sure it wasn't Lucinda's choice of terminolgy. Sounds like she is laboring under somebody else's idea of a CA reporting.

There was a discussion regarding what a Standard is and I know you can call it that. However, if you are working to "The Standard", using that word to describe processes or procedures, who knows what you are referring to? Of course, we don't know if Cinda is working to "The Standard". So, if she isn't, I guess they would know what their "Standard" is. :bonk:
 

JodiB

Still plugging along
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yep, existing system

(this is so wierd. There's no box around the reply space)

This is an in-house software program. Meaning it was developed and continues to be developed by an in-house IT group. Major bucks, major time. I'm on the technical advisory group that helps with the development and supports our HSE software tools and we've just spend over 90 hours just spec'ing out the next version of this one software. Can't wait to see the estimate we get back.

This program is shared between the Quality side, and the HSE side. We all report incidents into this, so there are things that we have to live with that we might not otherwise want/need if we were strictly looking at QA or HSE alone, savvy? I haven't yet brought this question to the other HSE members to see how they were using the terms because they've disappointed me in the past with other things. There is zero, zip, zilch, nada, documentation that discusses these three choices of Lack of Control. And frankly, there have been other things getting my attention that were more critical. My company is still in the infancy stage of using CA so this part of our reporting software wasn't stressed. Now, I've trained enough people one-on-one that those individuals can be pushed further to do this part correctly.

Here is one take on what they may mean:

Let's say you're trying to make a pair of drapes. You measure the window and determine that they should be 45" wide. (Your standard). You go to the store and get fabric and a pattern that should produce a 45" drape. You lay out your pattern, cut around it and set your sewing machine to sew seams to a certain size. (Your program). But when you hang your drapes, you find that they don't fit. Why not? Was your standard inadequate? (should have been 48") Was your program inadequate? (you didn't get the right size pattern or you didn't have a way of making sure the seams would be straight) Or did you just screw up and not comply with the standard (the pattern was great, everything was set up great, but you sewed crooked because you're an idiot).

Another version would reverse "standard" and "program" and consider "standard' to be the written procedure that tells you how to meet the Program: You have a vehicle safety Program. Part of the program includes a written procedure for Journey Management. Let's say someone doesn't make it to their destination when they're supposed to and the customer doesn't get their product/service. Was your vehicle safety program inadequate (it didn't account for the type of problem that was encountered?) Or was the Journey management procedure (standard) inadequate (it gave bad or incomplete information). Or was the program Ok, the standard (procedure) OK, and the failure was that someone didn't follow the procedure (inadequate compliance to the standard).

So there you now have two types of choices. What makes the most sense?
 
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