Risk management. It’s a hot topic right now. There are 1.3 billion (that’s 1,330,000,000) entries on risk management that appear in a simple Google search. Risk can be anywhere, from the minute we wake up in the morning until our eyes close at night, we inhabit a world full of risk and uncertainty and have to manage this. With the emphasis on risk management in ISO 17025, ISO 9001 and ISO 15189, if you have accreditation or certification, then it’s a real issue for consideration. Did you know that the humble meeting can be a great risk management tool? Here’s some ideas to consider on how to make effective use of meetings and show off your great risk management strategies when you next have a third party assessment.
Start with an agenda
This doesn’t mean you have to have a lengthy, formal document. Just simply having everyone attending the meeting know the purpose of the meeting is a very good start. The thing that makes it a useful risk management tool is to have problems and potential problems as matters open for discussion. So make sure you communicate these things prior to the meeting.
Invite the right people
Do you really need everyone from the CEO down in the same meeting? Not usually, unless it’s a particularly dire situation your organisation is facing. Having the right people there allows a good airing of real and potential risks and for great brainstorming of risk analysis and treatment.
Write it down
The best way to make sure risks are managed is to write down what you’ve discovered and what you intend to do about it. I hope this idea sounds a little familiar to you….. what do ISO 17025, ISO 9001 and ISO 15189 all have to say about meetings, especially about management review meetings? If you’re not sure, reach out and we can give you the low-down on this.
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