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Elements for Creating a Quality Control Manual
Documentation requirements consist of the following:
- The Quality Control Manual (which we are creating with this series of articles)
- The Statement of Quality Policy and Quality Objectives
(covered in the articles for the Commitment/Policy, Management Responsibility, Direction and Leadership, Management Representatives and Resources)
- Procedures and their associated Quality Records as required by the Standard
(in this case, the AISC Standards which will be outlined in the Quality Control Procedures in December)
- Documents needed by the organization to ensure the effective planning, operation and control of its process (explained below)
Customer based documentation requirements as outlined by the project specifications and drawings are required to be maintained for every project.
Purchased steel materials, fasteners and bolts will require mill certifications to verify their source and material content. Quality control documentation from vendors will need to be collected for all outside services and labor resources. This group should include steel detailing, specialty cutting, drilling, metal forming, coatings and any other processes involved with the fabrication of your work. Documentation of visits to any outside vendors for the purpose of quality control verification may also be needed.
The requirements for documentation will vary according to the size of your company and the type of fabrication that you do. All the elements of the project specifications that are required as part of your fabrication should be included.
The commitment to quality for your company is verified by the collection and maintenance of these documents. Keeping these documents and verifications on file should be part of the standards for your company quality control program.
Creating your QC Standards
Quality Control Procedures
Inspection and Testing
Quality Control Records
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