Kathy Zappia

Quality software has always been a priority at the laboratory. Our current effort – to help ensure that the software we develop and use meets performance requirements and specifications – involves revisions to Fermilab’s existing Software Quality Assurance (SQA) program.  Lessons learned and feedback were gathered from the implementation of the program over the last few years, and resulted in an improved program document as well as a new supplemental Quality Assurance Manual (QAM) chapter. What has changed? The SQA…

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Fermilab has maintained ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certifications, which provide assurance to DOE that the laboratory is meeting its contract requirements for environmental, occupational health and safety. On Feb. 24 Fermilab completed its semiannual surveillance audit, conducted by NSF International (formerly the National Sanitation Foundation). The audit is an essential step in maintaining ISO 14001:2004 and OHSAS 18001:2007 certifications, which are related to environment, occupational health and safety. The audit covered all aspects of the scope of our certificate,…

The iTrack Task Force worked to take a closer look at the Fermilab’s management tracking system to identify how to make it more useful and user-friendly. Their efforts produced an updated system, which will give the laboratory a clearer view of its reviews and assessment activities. Just over one year ago, Fermilab announced iTrack as the one laboratory-authorized method for tracking items related to assessments, reviews, tours, inspections and similar activities. A task force was formed with representatives from around…

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…