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QMS - Product and Process Nonconformities

Written by Larry Kloppenborg on Friday, 15 January 2016. Posted in Articles, Engineering

Prepared by Larry Kloppenborg and Hennie Bekker.

With the recent release of the 2015 version of ISO 9001 and the new emphasis areas for business management, the fundamentals of nonconformity management have remained.  The management of nonconformities for both products and processes (i.e. cause, correction, corrective action and preventive action) throughout the 1994, 2000 and 2008 versions has been an important tool for continual improvement.  But, sadly, in many organisations the nonconformity management processes and procedures are often confused or poorly implemented.

So, whether you are updating your management system to meet the ISO 9001:2015 requirements or remaining with your 2008 version for the next 2 to 3 years, you still need to check that your nonconformity management processes are integrated and properly managed.

Construction Industry Incidents

Written by Larry Kloppenborg on Monday, 02 November 2015. Posted in Articles, Engineering

Construction industry incidents always attract high public interest and media coverage, for example the recent M1 Grayston Bridge collapse, the Ingula lift failure and the Tongaat Mall collapse, especially when these incidents result in injuries and fatalities.  The construction industry remains a focal point for the Department of Labour’s (DOL) Chief Inspector and Inspectorate due to recurring incidents, especially excavation collapses and collapsing structures.  The Chief Inspector in recent years published the specific Construction Regulations to provide greater guidance to the industry about the minimum requirements for construction safety.

Planning construction work – risk assessment

The importance of a comprehensive risk assessment and mitigation plan, as prescribed in Construction Regulation 9, is paramount for identifying and understanding the risks of the construction activities, and ensuring that these activities are executed according to complete procedures/instructions.  The reasonable practicability of the risk assessment is based on the best knowledge available at the time by appointed persons having the sufficient knowledge, training and experience.  The implementation of the risk assessment plan provides assurance that the work procedures are relevant and effective.

Bertha Dlamini, spearheading phenomenal transformation

on Wednesday, 21 October 2015. Posted in Articles

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I credit the success of Eon Consulting to my executive team. They have brought diverse experience and expertise to the company’s leadership. We challenge each other constantly and constructively.

Transitioning from one industry to another presented me with many challengessoI surrounded myself with coaches who provided a safe place to be vulnerable. I opened myself up to learning and sharpened my understanding of finance, commercial law and the South African energy space. It all paid off in the end.

The SALVO guidebook – now available from EON Consulting in South Africa

on Friday, 08 May 2015. Posted in Articles, Engineering

Asset management decision-making: The SALVO Process (edited by John Woodhouse, ISBN 978-0-9563934-7-0)

The SALVO Project (Strategic Assets: Lifecycle Value Optimization) has been a 4-year collaboration project between leading asset management organisations to establish best practices in asset management decision-making, particularly in the management of ageing assets. See www.SALVOproject.org