Iso 9000, Service Quality and Ergonomics Stanislav Karapetrovic

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As a aftereffect of the connected adventure for bigger “quality” of accessories and casework offered to customers, the All-embracing Alignment for Standardization alien the ISO 9000 alternation of affection administration and affection affirmation standards in 1987. The alternation currently includes three models for affection affirmation (ISO 9001, ISO 9002 and ISO 9003), guidelines for affection administration (ISO 9004), and two acknowledging documents: ISO 9000 Guidelines for Model’s Selection and Use and ISO 8402 Affection Vocabulary (Figure 1). The ISO 9000 standards accept been acclimatized worldwide, with added than 200,000 organizations already registered. The standards present a complete base for acceptable the chump of affection of accessories and services, as able-bodied as the processes that actualize them. Several alternative quality-related standards accept back emerged, such as the automotive standards QS 9000, ecology administration standards ISO 14000, and arising bloom and affirmation all-embracing standards (Figura, 1996). The attainable afterlight of ISO 9000 standards in the year 2000 (now in the anatomy of a Abstruse Committee Draft) is accepted to added facilitate the use of affection affirmation methods the apple over. Another frequently acclimated byword from the 1980s and 1990s has been absolute affection administration (TQM): an chip admission to the administration of affection with adapted accent on delighting barter and convalescent the wellbeing of all advisers in the organization. A cardinal of accessories accept been accounting on the accord amid the ISO 9000 alternation and TQM (Johnson, 1993; Struebing, 1996; Wilson, 1996; Velury, 1996; Corigan, 1994; Sakofsky, 1994; Emmons, 1994), basal the assessment of affection administration professionals that the two are not absolutely the same. While ISO 9000 alternation are technical, presenting speci?cations, requirements and guidelines for affection systems, TQM emphasizes teamwork and chump satisfaction. Put accession way, TQM is affection administration with “a animal touch”. Does this beggarly that ergonomic aspects of the abode and chump achievement are not emphasized by ISO 9000? Does affection affirmation (ISO 9000) accent ergonomics and 81 The columnist Stanislav Karapetrovic is based at the Department of Industrial Engineering, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Keywords Ergonomics, ISO 9000, Affection assurance, Annual quality, Workers Abstract This cardboard addresses some ergonomic issues in the ISO 9000-based affection assurance. Ergonomics – the abstraction of animal factors in engineering and architecture of systems is brie?y affected on. Then, outlines of ISO 9001 and ISO 9004 affection arrangement models are provided, and all 20 requirements of the accepted ISO 9001:9004 accepted are presented in an ergonomic light. Subsequently, animal factors in the affidavit and accomplishing of a affection arrangement are illustrated. The appliance of ergonomic studies in the development of annual systems is addressed. Finally, a adapt for an ergonomic affirmation system, de?ned as a set of commutual assets and processes that activity in adjustment to accomplish objectives accompanying to ergonomic architecture and use of accessories and processes, is provided. Managing Annual Affection Volume 9 · Cardinal 2 · 1999 · pp. 81–89 © MCB University Press · 0960-4529 Figure 1 Ergonomics – an capital aspect of the assembly and/or annual system Raw Actual RESOURCES Ergonomics PROCESS PRODUCT Output Ascribe Ergonomics COST ERGONOMICAL CHARACTERISTICS QUALITY CHARACTERISTICS anatomic bloom and safety? In the present time of globalization of markets and internationalization of best-practice standards, such questions can and should be posed. This cardboard addresses some of the ergonomic issues in the ISO 9000-based affection assurance. Ergonomics, that is the abstraction of animal factors in engineering and architecture of systems, is brie?y affected on. Then, outlines of ISO 9001 and ISO 9004 affection arrangement models are provided, and all 20 requirements of the accepted ISO 9001:9004 accepted are presented in an ergonomic light. Subsequently, animal factors in the affidavit and accomplishing of a affection arrangement are illustrated. The appliance of ergonomic studies in the development of annual systems is addressed. Finally, the architecture of an ergonomic affirmation arrangement based on ISO 9000 is discussed. 2. Ergonomics It seems that it takes a disaster, accident of animal life, or a bloom crisis for best of us to apprehend how important animal factors are. Before the Three Mile Island incident, the Chernobil explosion, the Bhopal pesticide leak, even crashes involving animal errors, or ?ndings that millions of bodies ache from repetitive accent injuries, it would accept been adamantine to ?nd anyone who knew what ergonomics or animal factors engineering are (not including the ergonomists themselves, of course). Today, however, we generally apprehend about “ergonomicallydesigned computer abrasion and keyboard”, 82 “ergonomic” chairs, pots, pans, aperture handles, and automated teller machines (ATM). We now apperceive that ergonomic architecture of accessories and processes is bsolutely acute for able and ef?cient work. Ergonomics, or animal factors engineering, deals with the architecture for animal use, as able-bodied as optimizing alive and active altitude (Sanders and McCormick, 1993). The ?rst appellation (ergonomics) is mainly in use in Europe, while the additional (human factors engineering) is generally heard in North America. The afterward de?nition, modi?ed from Chapanis (1985), is provided: Ergonomics discovers and applies advice about animal behavior, limitations, abilities and alternative animal characteristics to the architecture of systems for ef?cient, safe, able and able animal use. Interested readers are referred to a archetypal in ergonomics, Sanders’ and McCormick’s “Human factors in engineering and design” (1993), for added advice on the history of the science and a abundant abstraction of abounding applications of ergonomics. Ergonomics, about by default, is adumbrated in affection assurance. Affection affirmation encompasses techniques acclimated to accommodate con?dence to barter that their requirements for affection are met. Therefore, by de?nition, animal factors are involved. Assurances in the affection of accessories and casework are provided to humans, by humans. In fact, ergonomics and affection affirmation are so intertwined that it is absurd to say area one starts and the alternative ends. Several accessories in ergonomics abstract accept already discussed the use of affection affirmation techniques in animal factors engineering (for instance, see Helander and Burri, 1995; Bergquist and Abeysekera, 1996). For an aboriginal annual on animal factors in affection assurance, the clairvoyant is referred to Harris and Chaney (1969). Hence, in the afterward sections, interrelationships amid ergonomics and affection affirmation will be addressed. 3. Quality Affirmation (ISO 9001) and Administration (ISO 9004) Of the three attainable models for affection arrangement registration, ISO 9001 is assuredly the best absolute and best broadly used. The accepted adaptation (ISO 9001: 1994), includes 20 elements (requirements), to which a affection affirmation arrangement of an alignment is adjourned (Table I). ISO 9001 covers design, development, production, accession and appliance activities. It is aimed at accouterment con?dence to centralized and alien barter that their requirements for affection are continuously met. An organization’s anagement is the capital centralized customer, while alien barter accommodate consumers of the organization’s accessories and services, as able-bodied as registrars that appraise the adequacy and capability of the affection system. ISO 9001 is a all-encompassing standard, which agency that it is universally applicative to both accomplishment and annual organizations, i. e. baby businesses (Karapetrovic et al. , 1997), bloom affliction and apprenticeship (Willborn and Cheng, 1994). Rather than absorption on speci?c accessories and services, ISO 9001 addresses affection systems and processes in?uencing the artefact throughout its lifecycle. A affection arrangement can be de?ned as a set of processes that activity harmoniously, appliance assorted resources, to accomplish affection objectives (Karapetrovic and Willborn, 1998A). It is in the alternation of human, actual and advice resources, as able-bodied as animal assets and processes, that the ergonomic aspects of the affection arrangement emerge. Absorption on the basal abstraction of a arrangement will advice us accept the interrelationships amid the affection and ergonomic system, and accommodate a achievability for integration. Apart from ISO 9001, a set of guidelines numbered ISO 9004 is broadly acclimated for developing and implementing affection 83 management. The set currently consists of eight documents, alignment from the guidelines on affection administration in annual organizations to con?guration and activity management. For the purpose of discussing an ergonomic arrangement in services, we about-face our absorption to the additional certificate in the series, namely the ISO 9004-2 (1994) “Quality administration and affection arrangement elements: Guidelines for services”). In aspect actual agnate in ambit and anatomy to ISO 9001, ISO 9004-2 provides guidelines for establishing affection administration throughout the annual activity cycle, starting from establishing the charge for a service, through annual design, accretion of resources, annual commitment and status, as able-bodied as achievement assay and improvement. Differing from ISO 9001, these guidelines anon abode interfaces with customers, including “creating a acumen of the adapted angel based on the absoluteness of accomplishments taken to accommodated barter needs” (ISO 9004-2: 1994). Effective advice with customers, “listening to them and befitting them informed”, is decidedly emphasized. What is additionally important from an ergonomic standpoint is that the guidelines accommodate the base for able training of personnel, including motivation, agents development and communication. Although the training mentioned therein mostly involves “quality arrangement training”, it could be broadcast to environmental, bloom and safety, and ergonomic arrangement training. For adapted strategies of appliance the affection arrangement framework for developing alternative administration systems, including ambiance and ergonomics, the clairvoyant is referred to Karapetrovic and Willborn (1998B and 1998C). In accession to ISO 9004-2, accession accepted from the ISO 9004 series, namely ISO 9004: Allotment 1 “Guidelines for affection administration and affection arrangement elements”, addresses some accurate ergonomic aspects. This is done in the standard’s 19th element: Artefact safety. Speci?cally, it is adapted that “consideration be acclimatized to anecdotic affirmation aspects of accessories and processes with the aim of acceptable safety” (ISO 9004-1: 1994). Steps to accomplish this can include: • anecdotic accordant affirmation standards; • assuming architecture appraisal tests for safety; • allegory instructions and warnings to the user; Table I Ergonomic issues and implications of ISO 9001 (1994) ISO 9001 aspect 4. 1 4. 2 4. 3 Administration albatross Affection arrangement Contract assay Ergonomic issues Alignment ensures that the affection activity is accepted at all levels Procedures and assignment instructions are finer documented/implemented Chump requirements are abundantly de?ned and documented Implications Affection arrangement affidavit should be advised and implemented appliance ergonomic (human factors engineering) adeptness Ergonomic characteristics of a product, such as ecology conditions, acoustic characteristics able administration and packaging should be bent (see Bergquist and Abeysekera, 1996; Helander and Burri, 1995; Barsky and Dutta, 1997) Accessories should be ergonomically advised to ensure advantageous and safe activity Affection arrangement abstracts should be attainable . 4 4. 5 Architecture ascendancy Certificate ascendancy 4. 6 4. 7 4. 8 4. 9 Purchasing Ascendancy of chump supplied artefact Artefact identi?cation and traceability Process ascendancy 4. 10 Assay and testing 4. 11 Assay and assay accessories 4. 12 Assay and assay cachet 4. 13 Nonconforming artefact 4. 14 Antidotal and antitoxin activity 4. 15 Handling, storage, …, commitment 4. 16 Ascendancy of affection annal 4. 17 Centralized affection audits 4. 18 Training 4. 19 Servicing Crucial characteristics for safe and able activity of the artefact are identi?ed Adapted abstracts are readily attainable at all locations area capital operations are performed Purchasing abstracts abundantly abode speci?ed requirements Able procedures for accumulator and aliment of the artefact are in abode Artefact is abundantly identi?ed and traceable Acceptable accessories and alive ambiance are acclimated Criteria for adeptness is assured in the clearest applied abode Annal acutely allegorize the after-effects of assay and testing activities Acceptable indicators of arrangement cachet are identi?ed Assay and assay cachet of the artefact is identi?ed by acceptable agency Nonconforming accessories are abundantly identi?ed and absolute Adapted sources of advice are acclimated to ascertain and annihilate potential/ absolute causes of defects Able handling, storage, packaging, canning and commitment of the artefact is identi?ed and maintained Affection annal are abundantly identi?ed, indexed, ?led and stored Quality annal are calmly attainable Affection audits are performed to appraise the adequacy and capability of the affection arrangement Training needs are identi?ed and able training provided Adapted identi?cation of appliance needs and chump acknowledgment is performed Ergonomic techniques can be acclimated to ensure bright compassionate of abstracts Safe and assertive accumulator and aliment of accessories is emphasized Identi?cation of accessories should be performed according to ergonomic guidelines regulations For identi?cation and aliment of the acceptable alive ambiance and hardware, ergonomic assay and evaluations charge be performed Identi?cation of accessories and accessories should be performed according to ergonomic guidelines and regulations (for example, see Sanders and McCormick, 1993 (part 2), and Harris and Chaney, 1070 (chapters 6-11) Ergonomical assay of human-information alternation is accessible (for instance, see Sanders and McCormick, 1993 (part 2) Ergonomical architecture and assay of administration and packaging of accessories should be acclimated Ergonomic techniques can be acclimated to ensure bright compassionate of documents, and accessibility of annal Ergonomic audits/evaluations, anecdotic areas for accessible advance of human-machineproduct-environment interactions are performed Ergonomic training should be emphasized Ergonomic characteristics of a product, such as ecology conditions, acoustic characteristics able administration and packaging should be bent (see Bergquist and Abeysekera, 1996; Helander and Burri, 1995; Barsky and Dutta, 1997) Statistical accoutrement and techniques are acclimated in ergonomic assay and evaluations 4. 20 Statistical techniques The charge for the appliance of statistical techniques is identi?ed 84 • developing a agency of artefact traceability to facilitate artefact recall; • because development of an emergency plan The afterward area will abode some ergonomic factors in the ISO 9001/9004 affection arrangement structure, as able-bodied as advance accomplishing of this arrangement with ergonomics in mind. 4. Ergonomic considerations of ISO 9001/9004 Affection systems depicted in ISO 9001 and ISO 9004 standards administer to all phases in the activity aeon of a service, from antecedent identi?cation to ?nal achievement of chump requirements. The abstraction of all activities in?uencing the affection of a annual throughout its activity aeon is generally referred to as the “service affection loop” (ISO 9004-2, 1994). Thus, a annual affection arrangement involves three capital elements: (1) service; (2) processes forth the affection loop; and (3) resources. Likewise, ergonomic considerations aural a annual affection arrangement include: • Ergonomic architecture and commitment of annual (and/or accompanying products). • Ergonomic architecture and appliance of processes. • Assay of the alternation amid animal and information/material assets Appliance Figure 1, it is accessible to explain how affection and ergonomics interrelate in a affection system. Each artefact or annual fabricated possesses assertive characteristics. For example, annual affection is a set of characteristics that buck on the service’s adeptness to amuse chump requirements. Ergonomic characteristics of accessories / casework accommodate safe, advantageous and ef?cient acceptance and/or delivery. It is axiomatic that some ergonomic characteristics of a artefact (or service) are about affection characteristics (such as the architecture of the driver’s bench in a car), and vice-versa. Also, annual commitment processes accept to amuse assertive requirements that may be ergonomic in nature. For example, the ambiance in which retail-banking casework accomplish may be adapted to accommodate affirmation for a coffer teller alive in it. Finally, ergonomic issues arise back human, actual and informa85 ion assets are accumulated to actualize a affection system. The accepted ISO 9001 affection arrangement has a aggregation of elements that are anon applicative to managing ergonomics and health/safety. Table I lists all 20 elements of ISO 9001 in the adjustment in which they arise in the standard, illustrates sections and speci?c requirements which affect to ergonomics, and provides ergonomic implications of the affection system. The implications ambit from able identi?cation of chump ergonomic requirements, ergonomically acceptable architecture of products, casework and processes, to identi?cation and aliment of adapted alive ambiance and equipment. Such assay of the ISO 9001 affection arrangement shows that around every aspect of the arrangement includes at atomic some ergonomic and/or bloom and affirmation aspects. This conclusion, however, is not surprising, back ultimately, affection is created by people, and for people. Not alone does the agreeable of ISO 9001 chronicle to animal factors (Hansen, 1996), but additionally its context. A affection arrangement charge be abundantly accurate and implemented in adjustment to accomplish finer and ef?ciently. Affection documentation, as a colonnade of the affection system, charge be accepted and readily attainable to all bodies whose assignment affects quality, as able-bodied as accepted by all involved. Ergonomically advised affidavit will assuredly advice bodies accept their tasks bigger and advance their performance. New technologies, such as head-up-displays (Geiselman and Osgood, 1995; Karapetrovic, 1995), computer-aided advice (through cyberbanking mail and the Internet) can abundantly advance the accomplishing of a affection arrangement in any organization. Examples include: • Operators appliance HUDs for affectation of affection procedures and assignment instructions. • Paperless ISO 9000 documentation, i. e. abstracts attainable on-line appliance HTML or Java (Clarkin and Dow, 1997). • Wireless cyberbanking mail for advertisement and assay of quality-related problems. The afterward area addresses the accomplishing of animal factors engineering in services, appliance ?nancial casework as an example, in added detail. 5. Ergonomics and casework How do ergonomics chronicle to annual affection systems? To acknowledgment that question, we can chase the above-mentioned “service affection loop” from the birth of the charge for service, to the appraisal of whether that charge has been satis?ed. In designing a “quality service”, we charge ?rst analyze the charge for it, as able-bodied as ?nd out who would absolutely charge such a service. Put accession way, we are de?ning the user and his/her needs. For instance, say we appetite to accessible a coffer annex in a specific location. Do bounded coffer users absolutely charge a annex there? What absolutely do they need? Perhaps they charge advance services, or accessible admission to cash, or mortgage consultations. Sanders and McCormick (1993) and Bailey (1982) de?ne the identi?cation of user needs through observation, interviews and questionnaires as ergonomic activities that administer here. Psychology-based accoutrement of ergonomics accord in accurate with an able and ef?cient affirmation of user needs. The annual arrangement is after advised on the base of identi?ed needs. We accept bent that bounded users crave admission to money from their accounts as able-bodied as the achievability of discussing investments. Now, we charge to admeasure assets to adapted cyberbanking functions. These assets accommodate bodies (bank employees), accouterments (automatic teller machines (ATM), computers) and software. Which accurate functions should we accredit to people, and which to machines? For instance, for accessible admission to cash, we would accept that a 24hour ATM would be appropriate. However, what if best of the bank’s audience are seniors, who are still not acclimatized to dupe machines in ambidextrous with deposits or withdrawals, or if the coffer is amid in a abode area bodies adopt chump annual and acquaintance with coffer tellers rather than machines? Ergonomic studies advice us in free speci?c capabilities of people, accouterments and software, and can accommodate signi?cant abetment in allocating arrangement functions. Then, we can adjudge whether to absolutely automate assertive functions, or to accredit bodies to accomplish them, or use both machines and people. For example, a coffer may adjudge to acquiesce withdrawals of beneath than $1,000 from an ATM. If a chump wants to abjure added than that, he/she would accept to go to a coffer teller. 86 Once we accept absitively which assets the coffer should accept (say three ATMs, four tellers and two advance advisors), we charge to accomplish an assay of the adapted processes, activities and tasks. Put accession way, we are advertisement the arrangement of activities that charge to be conducted in adjustment to accomplish a speci?c function. Flowcharts are decidedly accessible here. For instance, we can specify a activity for banknote withdrawals from the bank. This, in ergonomics, is alleged assignment description and assay (Sanders and McCormick, 1993). Whenever we accept some alternation amid bodies and accouterments or software, such as back a teller needs to ascribe abandonment advice into the database, there are ergonomic implications. For example, in the coffer area I commonly do my ?nancial transactions, computer monitors and keyboards are placed so low in affiliation to the counter, that the teller needs to angle bottomward every time he/she inputs the information, around dematerialization abaft the counter. Just brainstorm how abounding times the teller needs to angle like that every day, every week, every month. Put accession way, in designing the assignment amplitude for employees, e. g. agreement chump annual counters and computers in bent locations, allocating amplitude for affirmation drop boxes, etc. , we accordingly in?uence the comfort, affirmation and ef?ciency of bodies alive in such spaces. All these are ergonomic considerations that can in?uence the affection of the artefact or service. The acceptable acumen why tellers in my coffer still accept to angle bottomward to ability the computer is that it was apparently never de?ned as a botheration at all. The actuality of an ergonomic affairs aural the bank, with planned ergonomic audits and antidotal actions, would absolutely analyze and adjust such a problem. But how can such a affairs be alien with minimum amount and best bene?ts? Perhaps the band-aid is in the affiliation of the absolute affection arrangement with an ergonomic program. The affiliation of affection and ambiance administration systems came naturally, back standards apery best practices were finer accustomed at the all-embracing akin (namely ISO 9000 and ISO 14000). This should additionally be the case with anatomic bloom and affirmation (OHS), back civic and all-embracing OHS standards, dubbed ISO 20000 (Figura, 1996) are already emerging. The afterward area presents an admission to the development of an ergonomic affirmation arrangement on the base of the affection system. 6. Ergonomics affirmation arrangement As was mentioned in Area 3 of this paper, the systems abstraction can abundantly abetment us in compassionate the interrelationships of abounding assembly and administration processes, amid others, affection and ergonomics. For an accomplished annual of the accord amid ergonomics and the arrangement design, the absorbed clairvoyant can accredit to Sanders and McCormick (1993), Chapter 22. While the pplication of the systems abstraction to annual affection is presented abroad (Karapetrovic and Willborn, 1998A), it can be acclimated to adduce an ergonomic affirmation system. We can de?ne ergonomic affirmation as “all those planned and analytical accomplishments aimed at accouterment con?dence to customers, administration and the accepted public, that their requirements and needs for ergonomically safe accessories and processes are met”. An ergonomic affirmation arrangement is again a “set of processes and assets that activity accordingly to accomplish objectives accompanying to ergonomic architecture and accomplishing of accessories and processes”. Note: Proposed EAS elements are acclimatized in adventurous letters, while numbers represent sections of the ISO 9004-2 Guidelines 87 Similarly to the ISO 14001:1996 ecology administration system, an ergonomic affirmation arrangement can accommodate Deming’s plan-dostudy-act (PDSA) connected advance circle, with the afterward elements: • Ergonomic objectives. • Planning and architecture (ergonomic aspects, targets, affirmation of arrangement achievement speci?cations, ergonomic arrangement design). • Resource accretion and deployment (allocation of functions to people, accouterments and software; assignment analysis, architecture of jobs and human-hardware-software interfaces; training). • Operation (ergonomic control, ecology and measurement). • Corrective/preventive activity (ergonomic audits). Advance (ergonomic evaluations, advice with absorbed parties. Absorbed parties may accommodate customers, for ergonomic characteristics of the product/service, and employees, for ergonomics of the workplace). Rather than abacus speci?c ergonomic and affirmation requirements to absolute affection standards (Barsky and Dutta (1997) advance this), a abstracted ergonomic arrangement accepted can be drafted, and again chip with absolute affection administration systems. Appliance the de?nition and the archetypal of a affection arrangement from Karapetrovic and Willborn (1998C), proposed elements of the ergonomic administration arrangement (EMS) can be illustrated as in Figure 2. For example, the controlling administration of an alignment should de?ne an ergonomic activity that is accurate and announced to all employees. Ergonomic aspects of all activities and processes aural the alignment should be identi?ed and speci?c objectives and targets set. An ergonomic administration affairs should be de?ned and documented, and able assets allocated. Operation of the EMS should accommodate a account of albatross and ascendancy of bodies involved, identi?cation of training needs and a accouterment of able ergonomic training, and alertness of able EMS documentation. Antidotal and antitoxin activity to annihilate absolute and abeyant problems should be undertaken, and ergonomic audits would abetment in this effort. Finally, the controlling administration should assay the cachet of the EMS, includ88 ing its effectiveness, suitability, and acclimation to the requirements. 7. Cessation This cardboard addressed some of the ergonomic issues in the ISO 9000-based affection affirmation for services. Outlines of ISO 9001 and ISO 9004 affection arrangement models were provided, followed by a altercation of the agreeable of the ISO 9001 accepted because ergonomics and animal factors. Ergonomic accomplishing of a affection arrangement was after addressed. Finally, accessible development of an “ergonomic affirmation system” on the base of ISO 9001 and systems approach was presented. Added assay into the development of ergonomic affirmation systems is suggested.

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