T.J. Sarlina

T.J. Sarlina T.J. Sarlina, quality assurance manager, wrote this column. At Fermilab, you can be certain that if you work here long enough, you’ll eventually be included in a reorganization effort. Well, organizations aren’t the only things that get restructured. Sometimes, manuals undergo the same treatment. Recently, the Fermilab Environment, Safety and Health Manual (FESHM) chapters were renumbered to more accurately group chapters according to subject matter. The original series names had been in existence for a number of decades,…

Much the way a watch’s components must be perfectly arranged to provide us with an accurate measurement of time, many pieces must come together to ensure that quality work is done at Fermilab. Quality management aids in the achievement of desired results. Photos: StoneLeaf (left) and Chris Roach (right) Many people use the terms quality assurance (QA) and quality control (QC) interchangeably. But each has a different meaning and, together, they make up a quality management (QM) system. For the…

ESH&Q recently rolled out iTrack, a new system that will allow the laboratory to efficiently keep track of reviews and assessments in all areas. Fermilab is subject to a rigorous schedule of reviews, inspections, assessments and audits. These range from internal inspections and self-assessments to regulatory audits required by state or federal agencies to formal reviews conducted by the Department of Energy or the FRA board. A number of methods for tracking the results of these examinations have been employed…