Standard Operating Procedures...

Standard Operating Procedures  Standard operating procedure (SOP) is defined as the established or prescribed methods to be followed routinely for the performance of designated operations or in designated situations. It is a document consisting of step by step information on how to execute a task. It is a set of written instructions that document a routine or repetitive activity which is followed by an organization. In a manufacturing organization, an SOP is the step by step production line procedures used to run a process for producing a product as well to train employees. The existence of documented procedures enhances the value of an organization. It shows that the organization is a professional organization which is process driven, rather than top management driven. Process driven organizations create a higher level of confidence amongst the customers. The development and use of SOPs provides individuals with the information to carry out the operations correctly and always in the same manner. By helping to perform a job properly, SOP facilitates in maintaining the quality control and quality assurance processes besides consistency in the quality and integrity of a product or end result. SOPs are intended to be specific to the organization or facility whose activities are described. They describe the activities necessary to complete tasks in accordance with industry regulations, process discipline, local laws or even just organizational own internal standards. The details in an SOP standardize the process and provide step-by-step how-to instructions that enable anyone within the organization to perform the task in a consistent manner. The SOP document serves as an instructional resource that allows employees to act without asking for directions, reassurance, or guidance. The step-by-step written procedure can also help to hold the employees accountable because employee expectations are documented and their actions...