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IATF Lab Scope Testing Qualification and Competency Documentation

IRONPOORER

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#1
I took over as QM at a metal casting facility that has been ISO for years and now wants to transition to IATF 16949. In reviewing our lab scope we state that 'all testing shall be done by qualified operators and a list of such shall be maintained. Formal training program is weak (OJT basically), no competency tests etc. There is no list.

1.) How can I "Grandfather in" employees that have been doing such testing (gauging, spectrometer, hardness and tensile testing...etc) for years.
2.) Can we generate our own Documented training from on line sources, ASTM, etc and simply have old and new employees take a simple Test of such training?
3.) Is there a better way to skin the cat?
 
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Ninja

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#2
What I would do:

(1) Retest one piece from each operator...
Document that evidence of competency is that they've already been doing it for years acceptably, and put in the "retest" data and original data as a "They've been doing it for years, and here is evidence that they are doing it correctly"...as opposed to 'they've been doing it wrong for years and we didn't know'.

(2) You can document your training (more like competence) however you want...what's important is that your folks ARE competent.

(3) K.I.S.S.

HTH
 

John Broomfield

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#3
Preventively we put only competent people to work unsupervised.

Your recruiting, training, supervision and performance reviews may already have achieved this.

Or, you may already have other evidence that the operators did their jobs well.

In short, I agree with @Ninja but do not completely discount what you’ve historically done to run a successful business.
 
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