Continuously Improve Risk Management & Automate the Deming Plan-Do-Check-Act Cycle
with AXL Management System

AXL Management System works hand in hand with the widely accepted Deming PDCA management cycle. As stated by the U.K.’s Health and Safety Executive, “Plan, Do, Check, Act helps you achieve balance between the systems and behavioral aspects of management. It also treats health and safety management as an integral part of good management generally, rather than as a stand-alone system.”


When applied to risk management, the Deming cycle can look like this:

Deming Cycle: Plan

Establish customized plans to control your organization's unique risks.

Deming Cycle: Do

Implement your organization's requirements with ongoing guidance.

Deming Cycle: Check

Evaluate your organization's performance and implementation results.

Deming Cycle: Act

Correct deficiencies and modify plans to continually improve performance.

AXL Management System incorporates PDCA principles and automates the risk management process by providing an interactive framework for an organization to establish, implement, and continually improve a customized risk management system.


AXL automates each step of the process and incorporates critical guidance along the way to enhance continuous performance improvement and achievement of organization goals.

AXL Management System preview

Simple compliance audits are a dime a dozen, but none of them look at management systems the way Audit XL (now AXL) does.

If you want to implement a safety management system designed to fit the specific needs of an individual organization, there’s nothing else out there like Audit XL (AXL).

Mike Sharkey
General Cable - Manager, EH&S Services, North America

AXLMS Developer


The Developer is the Key

The AXL Developer enables users to ensure that their risk management protocols are always appropriate for their unique circumstances.

Create and/or Customize Content

Users can freely develop customized content modules to address specific aspects of organization risk.

Provide Automated Guidance

Resource links provided in the Developer to address specific aspects of each content module, can provide on-demand guidance for users who assess performance and develop and/or implement corrective action plans.

Customize AXL Starter Modules

AXL clients can use the Developer to customize KRIHOS' free Starter Modules to ensure that they address the user's specific circumstances.

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AXLMS Document Control

Guide Users to Successfully Implement Organization Requirements

Ensure that every user clearly understands each unique requirement and the specific actions they must take to achieve successful implementation.

Enable Instant Documentation of Implementation Activities

Ensure that supporting documentation of implementation performance evaluations, corrective actions and task assignments is immediately available for management review.

Store and Organize Documents for Easy Access

Organize policies, procedures, regulations, standards, training, etc., for easy retrieval by users.  AXL starts your library with a sizable collection of  Risk Management internet Links, and  includes some Risk Management Starter Procedures you can edit to address your needs.

Share Documents with Other AXL Users

Document Links created in the AXL Client / Server mode are automatically shared with all users. In the Single User mode, links can be easily imported / exported to other users.

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AXLMS Auditing


Consistent Performance Evaluation

Consistent Performance Evaluation is assured as the user is systematically guided through each Content Module’s requirements. The ability to present consistent guidance to users ensures that criteria are applied as intended.

Auto Assessment Answer Text

Assessment Answer Text prepared in the Developer, can be generated by selecting a Score level for each Assessment question / statement. 

Auto Recommendations

Corrective Action Recommendations prepared in the Developer, can be displayed for selected Assessment Score Levels.

Auto Corrective Action Plans

Auto Recommendations can be designated to automatically initiate Assessment Corrective Action Plans.

Assessment - Priority, Score Type, Weighting, & Risk Level

The use of unique Assessment Priority Level, Score Type, Weighting and Risk Level simplifies the subsequent development of Corrective Action Plans and Task Assignments.

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AXLMS Action Plan


Automatic Action Plan Initiation

The Automatic Action Plan Initiation feature greatly improves efficiency by reducing the delay between the identification of unacceptable conditions and the development of Action Plans designed to correct deficiencies.

Create Action Plans and Task Assignments

Action Plans and Task Assignments designed to correct unacceptable conditions can be initiated or fully developed in either the Auditing or Action Plan component.  The inclusion of responsibilities, due dates and financial / manpower estimates required to complete Action Plans facilitates their subsequent prioritization.

Automatic Task Assignment Notifications

Users assigned responsibility for Action Plan Tasks receive automatic messages based upon your instructions via the AXL Email Notification Sub-System.  Messages advise of new tasks, tasks approaching or passing due dates and, can be copied to supervisors.

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AXLMS Reporting


On-Demand Reporting

On-Demand Reporting eliminates manual report preparation activities required by many available auditing applications.  This feature significantly improves AXL user productivity.

Customizable Report Templates

Customizable Templates specific to each selected report type enable the targeted dissemination of selected information.  Users’ ability to select the content transmitted to a specific audience enhances report clarity and reader understanding.

KRIHOS encourages AXL users to discuss their ideas or need for additional Report Templates. Submit your ideas to

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AXL Management System is my management / assessment tool of choice in developing the vulnerability assessments in response to the Food Defense Intentional Adulteration (IA) FSMA rule. It is easily customized for a variety of food businesses.


The assessment, recommendations and final reports for each customer are professionally designed. What is profound, is that AXL fulfills the regulatory documentation requirements for the FDA FSMA rules.

Judy Fadden

Fadden Analytical Security, LLC


Your organization is unique. Your Management System should be too. Start with our Free Starter Modules, then use AXL Developer to customize them to meet your unique requirements.
All AXL users are provided full access to our ever-expanding library of Starter Modules. Don’t see a topic you need? Let us know! We would be happy to try to accommodate your request.

FREE Starter Modules

Air Station Aviation Safety Review – USN

Chemical Hazards – USAF

Clean Air Act Risk Management – US EPA

Confined Spaces – USAF

Control of Hazardous Energy (LOTO) – USAF

Control of Hazardous Energy (LOTO) – US OSHA 1910.147

EHS Inspection Checklists – Miscellaneous

Emergency Planning & Community Right to Know CERCLA – US EPA

Environmental Impact Analysis – USAF

Environmental Management System – Generic

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FREE Starter Modules

Environmental Management System – IS0 14001

Food Facility Risk Assessment Survey – US DOD

Food Service Management – Generic

Hazard Communication – USAF

Hearing Conservation – USAF

Hospital Safety & Health Considerations – US OSHA

Maritime Security Facilities – USCG


OHSMS – AZ-NZS 4801-2001 – Australia- New Zealand

OHSMS – CAN-CSA Zl000-06 – Canada

OHSMS – OHSAS l800l–2007 – International

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FREE Starter Modules

Personal Protective Equipment – USAF

Process Safety Management – US OSHA 1910.119

Quality Management Systems – 1S0 9001-2008

Respiratory Protection – USAF

Safe Practices for Motor Vehicle Operations – ANSI-ASSE Z15-1-20006

Safety & Environmental Management System – API 30 CFR250 Subpart S

Safety & Health Management System – Generic

Safety& Health Welfare At Work Act 2005 – Ireland

Small Employer Certificate of Recognition – Alberta, Canada

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Krihos International: Our Story


Krihos International created AXL Management System as a software solution that automates and simplifies organizational Risk Management, reduces costs, eliminates waste, and continually improves operations.

Krihos co-founder Don Kricho relied on his extensive risk and lean management experience with leading international manufacturers to create the conceptual design of the AXL Management System. Co-founder Scott Kricho employed innovative software design to translate the concept into a powerful yet user-friendly application that continues to evolve.

Industry leaders in risk management and engineering/construction management rely on AXL to support their award-winning risk management programs. And Krihos depends on user feedback and suggestions to continually improve AXL capabilities and ensure that the application evolves with client needs.

Krihos International: Our Vision


During his 40-year career as a hands-on occupational safety professional, Don Kricho has experienced a dramatic transformation in his approach to risk management. During the early years, he began questioning many of the widely accepted principles guiding the profession because he could see that the results were inconsistent and unpredictable. Like many others in the industry, Don struggled to effectively integrate the “silver bullets” that were touted as the newest and best way to manage safety and health control in the workplace.

While many professionals continued to struggle with this approach, Don experienced an epiphany when, as S&H Director for Mazda’s first North American auto assembly center, he was introduced to the management system concepts espoused by W. Edwards Deming. He realized that the unparalleled success of the Mazda venture was a tribute to the effectiveness of Deming’s Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle.

Guided by this fundamental concept, Don created the AXL Management System to automate and simplify the application of the Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle. Today, AXL has grown into a comprehensive tool that provides the organization and direction that EHS/risk management professionals need to establish, implement, and continually improve EHS/risk management systems.



Industry leaders in Risk Management and Engineering / Construction management rely on AXL to support their award-winning Risk Management programs. KRIHOS relies on input from these and other users to continually improve AXL’s capabilities and ensure that the application evolves with customer needs.

General Cable
Potash Corp
LSB Industries

We looked at several applications before deciding on Audit XL (now AXL). The structure of Audit XL (AXL) and the obvious thought and expertise that has been incorporated into its design is evident and, in our opinion, gives it a significant lead in its sector.

We highly recommend Audit XL (AXL) and KRIHOS, they are BOTH user friendly, innovative and focused.

Paul Gilhooley

RBC - Business Improvement Director

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