What is a Layered Process Audit?
Layered Process Audits (LPAs) offer companies tremendous potential benefits, but they’re also much more involved than other traditional audits. They involve all of a plant’s personnel -- including multiple levels of management – and they cover all key areas at varying intervals in the manufacturing process. Creating an LPA system that is truly effective and obtaining the best, most accurate results, requires a solid plan and very well-prepared personnel.
At a high-level, implementing an LPA system usually includes the following activities:
- Process owners and managers become knowledgeable about LPAs.
- Process owners and managers encourage initial development of audits by forming and training an Audit Team.
- The Team defines and formulates the questions that will be used in the audits.
- Process owners and managers work with the team to define layers.
- The Audit Team implements the audit system.
- Plant personnel conduct the audits.
- The Quality Department supports the entire system by analyzing and documenting the audits.
- Plant personnel implement suggestions for improvements.
In this class, you will learn how to pace yourself during an LPA. When the LPA is “cooked” and consumed, the results can be as delicious as any lasagna you’ve ever tried.