National Safety Month – Learn & Share

oc1313-world-safety-day-infographicv3Observed ​annually in June, National Safety Month focuses on reducing leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road and in our homes and communities.

According to the International Labor Organization,

Every 15 seconds, a worker dies from a work-related accident or disease.

Every 15 seconds, 153 workers have a work-related accident.

An estimated 2.3 million people die every year from work-related accidents and diseases. More than 160 million people suffer from occupational and work-related diseases, and there are 313 million non-fatal accidents per year. The suffering caused by such accidents and illnesses to workers and their families is incalculable. In economic terms, the ILO has estimated that more than 4% of the world’s annual GDP is lost as a consequence of occupational accidents and diseases.

How safe would we be without standards?

Maximizing energy efficiency for reduced costs & sustainability

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” ~Benjamin Franklin

Utilities are the largest variable expense faced by business owners.  In fact, “energy consumption by heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems accounts for roughly 40 percent of total building energy consumption, and in turn, buildings account for 35 percent to 40 percent of total worldwide energy consumption.  Thus, HVAC energy consumption in commercial buildings is a key contributor to total global energy consumption.”

Considering energy use in particular, organizations have an opportunity to incorporate and realize significant savings and other benefits associated with a proactive audit and preventative maintenance plan. Benefits include:

When do you switch suppliers?

supplier-quality-devoI’ve never heard the process of switching suppliers described as easy.  People may say that it “went smoothly” or “could have gone worse,” but the reality is that it’s not easy.  Because of this, many organizations delay the process and experience increased costs and consumer dissatisfaction as a result.

Questions to consider:

World Trade Month – Fun Facts & Resources

May_WorldTrade“Every man lives by exchanging.” ~Adam Smith

On average, almost everyone has witnessed the birth of two nations each year of his or her existence. So, if you are 50 years old, then about 100 new countries will have been created since your birth. Membership of the United Nations (UN) grew from 51 original members in 1945 (there were 74 nation-states at that time) to 191 in 2002.

Did you know?

Around 90% of world trade is carried by the international shipping industry. There are over 50,000 merchant ships trading internationally, transporting every kind of cargo. The world fleet is registered in over 150 nations, and manned by over a million seafarers of virtually every nationality. (Source)

The top 10 traders in merchandise trade accounted for a little over half (52%) of the world’s total trade in 2013. The top 10 traders in world commercial services represent half of the world’s total trade in commercial services. (Source)

WCQI Wrap-Up – Thank You!

UntitledWe’ve just returned from the World Conference on Quality and Improvement and find ourselves already planning for 2016 in Milwaukee!

We’ve attended the conference for many years but have only exhibited since 2013.  This year, the event was held at The Gaylord Opryland Convention Center in Nashville, TN and word on the street is that ASQ had record attendance with ~3,000 quality professionals.

One thing that’s unique to this conference is the sense of community and strength in the pursuit of the mission to make a difference in the world through quality.  We find ourselves right at home among clients, partners and friends.

Pro QC’s General Manager, Thomas Kaiser, visited from Germany and Michael Mago attended as  a representative of E-D-S International.  Communications Director Jennifer Stepniowski attended from Tampa, FL and had an opportunity to present in one of the sessions Monday afternoon.  She continues to be active in the organization and is working on a second certification as a CQA later this year.