Enrollment in AASHTO re:source-supplied samples will be done automatically once we receive your request for accreditation. Complete your Annual Review form online. You can only view this documentation when logged into our website. The documentation provides us with your organizational structure, along with other basic laboratory and personnel information. Resolve the nonconformities noted in your on-site assessment within 60 days of the issuance of the report. Follow all AAP Procedures for completion of corrective actions by the specified deadlines.
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Specifiers can include departments of transportation, local municipalities, or even corporate offices that manage several branch laboratories. Being a specifier can be challenging, and requires constant review of ever-changing laboratory information, such as proficiency sample ratings or accreditation status. In the past, tracking information for one hundred, ten, or even three laboratories was a daunting task. What are the benefits? Your customers can view this accreditation listing and will likely use it as a method of determining whether or not you are competent to perform a given task.
So, it makes sense that your laboratory also has a policy for ensuring the competency of the subcontractors and vendors that you use. Seven Steps for a "Perfect" On-Site Assessment We all realize that having a perfect on-site assessment is no small accomplishment.
However, there are some rather simple steps your laboratory can take to ensure that the assessment runs smoothly and relatively error-free. The staff at AASHTO re:source understands what a special event the on-site assessment is for each of our customers, and that it can be an overwhelming process.
The goal of this article is to give you a few pointers on preparing for your on-site assessment. Following these steps will help you get the most out of the assessment process and ensure that it runs as smoothly as possible.
Suggestions Anyone? I mean, do they even do anything with that information? Or at least they should. This change was made to improve the consistency of our assessment of laboratory conformance to the ASTM quality system standards that require technician certifications. A consistent evaluation ensures that all AASHTO-accredited laboratories throughout the country are treated fairly and that our program can better meet the needs of the agencies that specify accreditation for these standards.
The first part of my series Part 1 — Why Bother? Ease up on those brakes! Developing an effective QMS does require precious time and resources, but the benefits will far outweigh the work involved when the procedures and processes are followed and continually improved.
An organization can benefit from developing and implementing an effective QMS in many ways. I also discussed developing a quality policy statement and goals, and how a quality manual is the handbook to a QMS. In Part 2, I taught you how to get started with developing your QMS documentation, and you learned some tips to help ensure your documentation is effective. Along the way, I will be taking some U-turns to elaborate on a few things previously mentioned in my series, such as maintaining your QMS, getting buy-in from others, and document control.
What You Need to Know About Biographical Sketches and Position Descriptions Understanding the requirements of biographical sketches and position descriptions will help your laboratory meet AASHTO R 18 requirements, which will save time during the quality system review and annual review processes. Knowing these requirements will also help your organization increase its effectiveness. The program was developed to provide a mechanism to formally recognize the competency of construction materials testing laboratories.
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