Quality assurance guidelines in one handy online manual

ESH&Q has developed the Quality Assurance Manual, available online, to help promote compliance with quality assurnace guidelines and to improve performance and safety at Fermilab.

Quality assurance at Fermilab is integrated into one labwide Quality Assurance Management System. It is a set of interrelated elements that Fermilab uses to plan, direct, control and improve how quality policies and procedures are established, implemented and monitored.

A vital part of this management system is the Fermilab Quality Assurance Manual (QAM). Like the Fermilab Environment, Safety and Health Manual, it collects the elements of the Quality Assurance Management System into one place for easy reference. Chapters are reviewed and approved in the same way as the FESHM and the Fermilab Radiological Control Manual (FRCM) chapters.

"ESH&Q Manuals," a new tab in the navigation bar on the ESH&Q home page, will take you to all three manuals: FESHM, FRCM and QAM. It replaces the previous FESHM tab in the navigation bar.

The Quality Assurance Manual is a living document that contains Fermilab’s policies and procedures designed to manage quality in accordance with the requirements of the DOE Quality Assurance Order. Quality assurance applies to all work conducted at Fermilab, and we have worked diligently to establish an overarching institutional approach to quality assurance at the laboratory. It applies program controls using a graded approach based on an analysis of identified risks where work is to be performed. It also outlines requirements necessary to consistently meet the contract obligations throughout the laboratory.

The following are the current QAM chapters:

12010 Contractor Assurance/Lessons Learned Program and Procedures
12020 Suspect/Counterfeit Items (S/CI) Program
12030 iTrack Procedures and Risk Assignment
12040 Corrective and Preventative Actions
12050 Root Cause Analysis
12060 Quality Assurance Guidelines for Scientific Research
12070 Quality Graded Approach
12080 Self-Assessments

The goal of quality assurance is to help you use tools and methods to improve the efficiency and safety of your work by using your resources more effectively. All employees have the responsibility to identify areas where self-assessments could improve quality, performance and safety. If you have suggestions for self-assessments that might benefit your organization, please relay your suggestion to your quality assurance representative through your direct supervisor.

Kathy Zappia