June 2015

Spotting Risks as Part Manufacturing Process

Put your supply chain to the test.

Supply_Chain_Pressure_Test Supply chains are becoming increasingly complex, with dependencies upstream, in-plant and downstream. Which links in your supply chain might be most at risk? And what can be done to help manage it? Take our four-part questionnaire to help you uncover and avert potential risks in your supply chain before they emerge. Estimated completion time: 5 minutes.[/notice]

Supply chains are increasingly complex with dependencies upstream, in plant and downstream. Have you put your supply chain to the test? Not only will this brief mobile enabled test assist you in identifying opportunities within your supply chain, but the last page of the test will also provide educational resources and insights on how you compare to your industry and region.

Controlling threats that can impact the flow of quality, compliant and competitively priced raw materials is a critical link in your supply chain. Upstream disruptions often flow downstream. One delay, shortage, or defect in the materials you rely on could affect your ability to produce goods in the quantities and time-frames consumers demand. One could even compromise the safety and quality of your products. Failure to meet orders, product recalls, liability claims, and other potential ripple effects of supply disruptions can put your company’s reputation — and bottom line — at risk.

Control Your Supply Sources

Purchasing and vendor control are critical parts of the manufacturing process. Knowing who your suppliers are and where they come from is key to managing supply chain risk – particularly if they come from outside of the United States. Companies often change vendors frequently to get the lowest prices on raw materials. But establishing longer-term relationships with your suppliers can be an advantage. A supplier who understands your business might better anticipate your needs and be more willing to work with you to control costs or resolve issues when they arise.

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Smoke and heat detection systems inspection, testing and maintenance

Smoke and Heat Detection Introduction

This article focuses on inspection, testing and maintenance (ITM) requirements for smoke and heat detection systems. Fire detection systems can provide early detection and notification of a fire emergency; therefore, it is essential that they are maintained appropriately.

This article also assumes that the smoke and heat detection systems are UL Listed or FM Approved systems and have been properly installed by reputable, certified, alarm system contractors. ITM programs cannot overcome poor system design or installation deficiencies.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Standard 72, National Fire Alarm Code, is the recognized standard for ITM of fire alarm equipment. For complete information on ITM of devices other than smoke and heat detectors covered within this bulletin, refer to NFPA 72, your equipment manufacturers operational/ maintenance manual or your Risk Control consultant.

This blog post is intended to familiarize building owners and/or persons responsible for fire detection systems about the necessary ITM of smoke and heat detectors. It is also intended as a guide on how to conduct ITM, ITM frequencies, and potential consequences for not having an ITM program for detection systems.

Smoke and heat detector differences
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Issues with Business Interruption Insurance

Issues with Business Interruption InsuranceBusiness interruption insurance covers expenses resulted from a covered loss. It will provide payments loss of income, extra expense and other costs related to interruption.

The causes of business interruption can range from cyber attacks to terrorism. The property damage exposure is one of the most threatening to a business.

The top 4 business interruption issues are:

  • Getting the values right. It’s vital to get proper limits and avoid going underinsured. Also, a coinsurance clause included with the policy could decrease the amount of coverage.
  • Set the right indemnity period. Test your policy to determine if there is a time element period and whether it includes reinstatement and recovery of profit and incurred increased costs.
  • Insufficient  supply chain coverage. Manufacturing, importing and wholesaling businesses may have first, second, third and even fourth tier suppliers. It is difficult to trace and control the disruption related to supply chains.
  • Lengthy and complicated claims settlement process.

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