The development of a product requires a number of specific operations. To ensure that this work is done in a compliant manner, the production steps must be standardized, formalized and documented. Documents are, in fact, the cornerstone of any business. These are the standards on which all components of an industrial organization are based in order to achieve their mission. Among these supports, the work instructions and the safety manuals are of primary importance. The issues associated with it are not the least of them.
Work instructions, which guarantee the conformity of operations
Among the different types of documents used in the industrial world, operating procedures play a crucial role in production, as they describe in detail how production and maintenance operations are carried out in a workstation or how tasks are carried out from one workstation to another. In the industrial garden, it is often referred to as “ranges” of production.
The operations and their sequence are thus explained precisely, via an enriched textual content and supported by graphic elements (diagrams, images, etc.).
Thanks to the tools offered by new technologies such as tablets, formats are diversifying, with the arrival of video demonstrations and interactive media that make the work instructions even more understandable.
The development of operating procedures is one of the components of the quality management system. It is carried out with the participation of the persons called upon to carry out the tasks that make up the workstations concerned and described. The involvement of the staff is a fundamental factor in the quality and reliability of these documents.
The work instructions are therefore the guarantors of the conformity of the operations with the desired result, both in terms of quality and quantity. In this respect, they are crucial to the operational capabilities of the teams working in the company, the productivity of the company and the efficiency of its processes.
The security manual for the company’s sustainability
Like the work instructions, the safety manual is another key component of the company’s activity. As its name suggests, this document lists good practices and rules to be observed in terms of safety. The purpose of such support is to provide a reference framework for operators to avoid the risks associated with their various tasks. Risks for themselves, but also for their colleagues, for equipment and for the environment.
The safety manual details the procedures to be followed to perform your work without exposing yourself to danger, but also the manoeuvres to be carried out in the event of an incident. This approach is subject to specific supervision and certification, such as the MASE (French termes for Safety Manual in companies). It based on 5 main axes:
- the commitment of the management,
- the competence and professional qualification of the staff,
- the preparation and organization of work,
- the control
- continuous improvement,
It corresponds to both a management system and a reference support allowing the company to optimize its HSE (Safety, Health and Environment) organization.
A safety manual carefully prepared by its designers and respected by its users is a guarantee of durability for any player in the industry.