About a year ago, Hurricane Sandy forever changed many lives and destroyed businesses on the East Coast.
QS9000 requires suppliers to have contingency plans
Sometimes, natural disasters and acts of God are also in play.
PMPA offers it members operational assurance through our Disaster Recovery Plan
PMPA member companies stepped up during last years Sandy Hurricane to offer their capabilities and open time to shops affected by the Superstorm and its consequences.
Over 90 member companies contacted PMPA staff as part of PMPA’s Disaster Recovery Plan
Offers from “recovery shops” (shops volunteering to provide assistance) included loan of tools, gages, material, and offers to run jobs while “requesting shops” dug out from the storm.
Is your shop QS 9000 registered? Do you have a documented contingency plan?
PMPA member shops do. And a list of 90+ fellow shops who have volunteered aid and assistance in the past if needed.
We hope that the only time you need to access the PMPA Disaster Recovery Plan is to pass a QS 9000 audit.
But as a PMPA member, our shops know that if they should have a need, we have a plan backed by member shops like theirs waiting to make a difference.
For information regarding PMPA Disaster Recovery Plan, contact Jeff Remaley firstname.lastname@example.org here at PMPA .
Just further evidence of how an association that is truly tuned into the needs of their members can go above and beyond what is normally expected. Great stuff..
Please note: On December 14, 2006, all QS9000 certifications were terminated. With QS9000, the middle certification between ISO 9001 and ISO/TS 16949, no longer valid, businesses had a choice between either ISO9001 or TS16949.
ISO 9001:2008 does not require contingency plans but TS16949 does under:
“6.3.2 Contingency plans
Have contingency plans to satisfy customer requirements for – emergencies such as utility interruptions, labor shortages, key equipment failure and field returns.”
It is interesting how the requirement change. The old QS9000 standard required it even if the customer didn’t require it. Where as TS16949 only requires it if the customer requires it and only to the degree in which they expect. All in all I believe it is a good idea to at least have some sort of plan B.
It is also great that the organization is there to support its members in there time of need. I have always been impress on how close nit this manufacturing sector is. I have never came across anyone/company not willing to help another company.
Thank you Kelly. We’ll update this post to reflect that after we confirm.