The Use of Technical Specialists in Quality Assurance Audits

by Thomas J. Higgins, Science Applications Int Corp, Las Vegas, United States,
Mario R. Diaz, Science Applications Int Corp, Las Vegas, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1993


This paper provides a nontechnical discussion of the use of Technical Specialists in quality assurance audits by the Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management's Office of Quality Assurance. The purpose is to describe one successful solution to the problem that arises when a quality assurance organization is responsible for conducting audits of many, diverse, highly technical activities. The solution is the conduct of audits that combine both horizontal and vertical sample selection strategies and which employ Technical Specialists in the vertical portion of the audit. The Technical Specialist is paired with a programmatic auditor who perform as a dedicated team in their conduct of the audit. This paper focuses on the Technical Specialist.

Subject Headings: Quality control | Audits | Recycling | Waste management | Organizations | Team building | Radioactive wastes | Waste disposal

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