Management System Control Plan

The automotive industry uses Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA), which is a tool used to improve quality, productivity, and safety. The tool is utilized to review processes, the applicable machine or device tied to them, and the specific critical characteristics of processes. This template could be enhanced to be used as a “management system control plan.”

Each line item outlines monitoring and measurement requirements. This template can be expanded upon to list the risks tied to the process for quality, environment, and health and safety and become an integrated management system control plan. By integrating, you can look at each process, understanding its risks and the legal requirements tied to it for quality, environment, and health and safety.

Many environmental legal requirements are tied to monitoring: recording and submitting reports on emissions, hazardous waste disposal volumes, spill response, and process operational requirements (e.g., temperature monitoring). The applicable work instructions and procedures necessary for the task are outlined on the control plan. These need to be carried out by trained personnel. Consistency of activities following the applicable work instructions will produce consistent outputs and results.

A management system control plan is a living document, and therefore, when changes are made to your operations, whether in design or production, it needs to be updated, showing changes, whether in specifications, resources, or the monitoring and measurement required. As personnel titles change, this needs to be updated in your plan.

Figure 12.2 is a high-level process flow diagram showing the linkages and flow of activities, from receipt of materials to inventory or process areas, production processes, assembly (if required), packaging,


storage, and delivery. Include your support activities as well, such as procurement, training, etc. You can follow this process flow diagram and put the details into the control plan Figure 13.2.

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