Translate Procedures into Spanish

mgoodman08

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About half of our staff are non English speakers and all of our procedures are written in English. Right now I have a Spanish speaking person who works for me go over the procedure with them and explain in Spanish. Is there any regulations or anything that says I can't just have her translate the entire procedure in Spanish, so effectively have 2 versions of every procedure one in English and one in Spanish? Looking around here I couldn't find this. Would it be better to have this done by a third party or do it in house? Would I need to write a procedure about translating SOPs?
 
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Just a suggestion:

I am working for a German Automotive manufacturer and we have a similar issue. German vs. English. We settled it by have it in one procedure, and Quality Manual in both languages. Pretty much set from right to left (German to English even ISO Standards are available with both translations), even though the majority of our people speak English.

I am not able to give you a standard that could be referenced, just information on how we do it.
 

yodon

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If 1/2 your staff can't use the procedures, then it seems the procedures aren't "appropriate for the organization" or could be very effective.
 

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About half of our staff are non English speakers and all of our procedures are written in English. Right now I have a Spanish speaking person who works for me go over the procedure with them and explain in Spanish. Is there any regulations or anything that says I can't just have her translate the entire procedure in Spanish, so effectively have 2 versions of every procedure one in English and one in Spanish? Looking around here I couldn't find this. Would it be better to have this done by a third party or do it in house? Would I need to write a procedure about translating SOPs?
What we did, we have each document one part in English and other part in Spanish, easy, not to have two.
Hope this helps

If you need some help I can do it, in the past I translated several document in an ISO system.
 
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About half of our staff are non English speakers and all of our procedures are written in English. Right now I have a Spanish speaking person who works for me go over the procedure with them and explain in Spanish. Is there any regulations or anything that says I can't just have her translate the entire procedure in Spanish, so effectively have 2 versions of every procedure one in English and one in Spanish? Looking around here I couldn't find this. Would it be better to have this done by a third party or do it in house? Would I need to write a procedure about translating SOPs?
May I suggest using "PairaPhrase". They are technical translators and ISO 9001! I know the owner, Rick Wyode.
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