How Do Consumers Benefit from the Quality Management Principles of ISO 9001?

The ISO Quality Management System is the backbone of our society, guaranteeing the safety and quality of products and services, facilitating international trade and improving the environment in which we live. In order for a business or company to improve organization the senior management must apply the seven quality principles of the ISO 9001 standards. The quality management principles are:

  • Customer Focus
  • Leadership
  • Engagement of People
  • Process Approach
  • Improvement
  • Evidence-based decision making
  • Relationship Management

These principles are guidelines that can help companies tackle some of the most demanding challenges of modern business. The ISO standards ensure that business operations are as efficient as possible, increase productivity and help companies access new markets. Many businesses are not only able to cut costs, and reduce their impact on the environment, but are also able to increase customer satisfaction.

When businesses choose to conform to the ISO standards for their products and services consumers can have confidence that the products they purchase are safe, reliable and of good quality. Understanding the needs of existing and future customers is vital in aligning organizational objectives with customer needs and expectations. The ISO standards allow  companies to meet customer requirements, create and manage customer relationships, and exceed customer expectations.

Since the beginning, Medi-Ray has had an effective, end-user oriented management system to insure that the resulting lead products and services are always of the highest standards and compatible with today’s metallurgical and radiation shielding requirements. We have been ISO certified so that we may continue to provide our clients and customers with excellent quality, service and products.

ISO 9001: 2015 A Quality Management System

ISO 9001 helps organizations demonstrate to customers that they can offer products and services of consistently good quality. It is a standard that sets out the requirements for a quality management system. The benefits of this management system are efficiency and improved customer satisfaction for businesses and organizations.

On September 2015 the latest edition of ISO 9001 was published, replacing the previous version (ISO 9001:2008). Every five years the ISO standards are reviewed and revised, if necessary. This allows ISO standards to remain as useful tools for the marketplace. Today businesses and organizations face challenges that are very different from a few decades ago and ISO 9001 has been amended to take this new environment into account. The latest version of the standard brings the user a variety of benefits. For instance, ISO 9001:2015:

  • Puts a greater emphasis on leadership engagement
  • Help address organizational risks and opportunities in a structured manner
  • Uses simplified language and a common structure and terms, which are particularly helpful to organizations using multiple management systems (environment, health & safety, or business continuity)
  • Addresses supply chain management more effectively
  • Is more user-friendly for service and knowledge-based organizations

With over 1.1 million certificates issued worldwide, many businesses and organizations are updating the existing quality management system to meet the revised requirements. The acting ISO Secretary-General, Kevin McKinley states, “The world has changed, and this revision was needed to reflect this. Technology is driving increased expectations from customers and businesses. Barriers to trade have dropped due to lower tariffs, but also because of strategic instruments like International Standards. We are seeing a trend towards more complex global supply chains that demand integrated action. So organizations need to perform in new ways, and our quality management standards need to keep up with these expectations. I am confident that the 2015 edition of ISO 9001 can help them achieve this.”

Certification for ISO 9001 is intended for businesses and organizations to improve their management performance. However, receiving certification to ISO 9001 is not an easy task and it may not always be granted. Every organization is different, so the process required to receive certification to a quality management system will be unique to the situation of the company. The process for becoming certified requires a two-phase audit preformed by an accredited body.

From the very beginning Medi-Ray has employed effective, end-user oriented management to ensure that resulting lead products and services are of the highest standards and compatible with today’s metallurgical and radiation shielding requirements. We have been certified to the ISO standards so that we may continue to provide our clients with quality service and products.

Considerations for Lead Shielding

A certified professional radiation health physicist must calculate the proper amount of lead shielding required based on certain considerations. It will depend on the source of radiation—the type of machine used and where it is located. The following information helps in understanding what factors determine lead shield requirements for diagnostic imagining and radiation therapy. The goal is to ensure that the maximum radiation protection is achieved.

Lead shielding requirements are calculated and determined based on the following considerations:

  1. Energy potential: The energy potential of the machine will determine the lead shielding requirement—the higher the output of the machine, the higher the lead shielding required.
  2. Workload: The exposure per week, month or year must be determined, as well as the maximum patient volume growth, as radiation is cumulative and overexposure causes biological damage on the cellular level. Check the local governing health and safety law and codes for current compliance requirements.
  3. Orientation/Direction: Wall lead shielding is calculated by a physicist in relation to the primary beam target. The direction where the radiation is aimed and will scatter.
  4. Distance: Radiation will dissipate more as distance increases. The closer a partition is to the radiation/x-ray source, the higher the shielding requirement.
  5. Occupancy: A very important part in your calculation is the amount of time, per day, a surrounding room similar to the x-ray room (source or radiation) will be occupied by personnel or public. The lead shielding on wall and floors increases with the level of occupancy.
  6. Type of material: The type of construction material used for wall, partition and floor may reduce the requirement for lead shielding. Heavy density materials such as concrete, steel and plaster can shield radiation to some level.

All lead shielding requirements should be calculated by an expert.

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Lead Shielding And The Medical Industry

For many years it has been thought that lead is a very dangerous material that should be avoided or removed from peoples’ homes. Nobody ever expected that lead would be used for something good, something that could save lives. Today lead is used to make protective shields. Lead shielding has many uses in a variety of different industries. However, its most common and important purpose is to create a protective shield for patients undergoing X-Ray testing or radiation treatment. If you or someone you know is in need of lead shielding, or is interested in learning more about it, contact Medi-Ray™ today. We have the professional knowledge and experience to make sure that our customers are completely satisfied with their safety material.

Due to lead’s high density, it is the perfect material for blocking gamma rays and x-rays that can be harmful to the body, as they can tamper with DNA and even cause cancer. However, with the protection of lead shielding, harmful rays are absorbed in the lead and never even make it to the body.

Lead shielding comes in many forms, shapes and sizes. For example, lead shielding can be found in the form of an apron for patients to wear in an x- ray testing room, to cover sensitive organs in the body. Lead shielding can also be found in the laboratory itself, in structures such as walls comprised of lead bricks, as well as thick containers with a lead base, used for transporting hazardous radioactive materials.

If you or someone you know is in need of lead shielding or would like to learn more about it, contact Medi-Ray™ today. Our experienced team of professionals will stop at nothing to make sure that our customers are satisfied and that all their needs are met.

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Medi-RayTM is devoted to innovation in lead metal technology. Medi-RayTM will fabricate uncoated containers and products which can be assembled into plastic or metal interior and exterior shells or forms. See the slideshow to know more. If you are in need of uncoated containers call us at 877-898-3003/ 914-979-2740 or email: sales@mediray.com.

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Medi-RayTM can provide exterior plastic encasements customized to the customer’s exact dimensions and colors. Effective, end-user oriented management has been employed to ensure that resulting lead products and services are of the highest standards. The slideshow discusses plastic encased lead packaging by Medi-RayTM. To find out more, call 914-979-2740/ 877-898-3003 or email: sales@mediray.com.

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Medi-RayTM maintains a complete inventory of interlocking rings and dose calibrator shielding components. Additionally, we can quickly fabricate custom shielding components for your unique needs. If you need dose calibrator shielding components, contact us at 877-898-3003/ 914-979-2740 or email: sales@mediray.com.

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Medi-RayTM has revolutionized the design and production of every type of shielded medical containers. The coated lead containers utilized for radiopharmaceuticals normally have interlocking lid/base designs. The slideshow discusses coated lead containers by Medi-RayTM. If you are in need of our product or services, call us at 877-898-3003/ 914-979-2740 or fax at 914-337-4620 or email: sales@mediray.com.

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