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What does a quality Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) entail?
Is your company one of the many that either has no Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) or the SOPs you have are outdated/unused? According to Jody Dendurent, Professional Engineer (PE) and Technical Services Engineer at ERI Solutions LLC., each company should have SOPs and there are many benefits to using them.
The Definition of an SOP
An SOP is a set of step-by-step instructions compiled by an organization to help workers carry out complex routine operations, ensuring that services and products are delivered safely, efficiently and consistently every time.
SOPs can also be used be to demonstrate regulatory compliance with the Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Transportation (DOT), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), etc.
The Components of a Quality SOP
A quality SOP is consistent, accurate, easy-to-use and compliant in all the necessary areas, enabling each employee to complete the procedure in question safely and easily. One easy way to remember the components of a quality SOP would be the acronym, CASE, which is outlined below.
- Consistent and compliant
- Safe and simple
Why Develop SOPs
Quality SOPs can ensure safety and compliance with regulatory requirements, both of which can be complex tasks. Thus, it is wise to utilize an expert partner like ERI Solutions in your SOP creation or updating process.
ERI Solutions is uniquely positioned to ensure companies like yours are protected from unnecessary risks related to regulatory non-compliance, employee injury, liability and property damage. We work within a variety of industries and have clients throughout the United States with whom we have helped to execute custom risk control solutions, including SOPs.
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