How ISO 45001:2018 Ensures Continuous Improvement in Your EHS Management System

ISO 45001:2018 is the international standard for occupational health and safety management systems. It was created to provide guidance in eliminating the thousands of work-related injuries, illnesses, and fatalities that happen every day around the world. For industries in which workers are engaged in activities that carry the risk of injury or death, ISO 45001:2018 is one of the most important certification standards an organization can achieve. In 2018, ISO 45001 was updated to reflect the high-level structure (HLS) defined in Annex SL to bring it into line with other standards for management systems such as ISO 9001:2015 for quality management systems and ISO 14001:2015 for environmental management systems. This alignment makes it easier for organizations to certify to multiple standards to meet the requirements for their different management systems. 

Yet without adequate support and engagement from the entire workforce, including leadership, your management system can’t grow and improve to provide the value your business needs. … Read more...

The Ultimate ISO 45001 Checklist

Demonstrating performance of environment, health, and safety (EHS) initiatives is a challenge. There are the obvious legal compliance and established safety policy obligations, but to truly optimize an EHS management program, there also must be a management-led culture of a commitment to safety, inclusive and open communication among employees, and demonstrated continuous improvement of risk management. The purpose of ISO 45001, the Occupational Health and Safety Management Standard published by the International Standards Organization (ISO), seeks to provide employers of all sizes worldwide a tool that will enable them to proactively identify and manage EHS risks and specifically evaluate the performance of EHS programs.

Although ISO 45001 is an effective way of enhancing EHS performance, it can be a cumbersome task to fulfill its requirements. This checklist will audit your conformance with the evaluation components in section 9 of the standard. Even if you are not seeking official ISO 45001 … Read more...

Making the Case for Health and Safety with ISO 45001

The new ISO 45001 standard for occupational health and safety (OH&S), published in March 2018 by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), specifies requirements for an OH&S management system. It offers guidance to enable organizations to provide safe and healthy workplaces by preventing work-related injury and ill health.

For OH&S leaders looking to drive the adoption of the new standard throughout their workplaces, it is important to understand the goals and motivations of their business leaders. In many organizations, executive-level concerns include:

  • legal
  • social/ethical
  • financial
  • organizational resilience
  • protecting workers from harm
  • financial loss from production, replacing equipment and labour, management time, reputation, orders, worker morale, penalties and insurance premiums.

Traditionally, most OH&S professionals have made the case for improved corporate health and safety conditions to management by using accident data, legal compliance and/or costs of failings. But the movement toward Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is today a more powerful … Read more...

Two Schools of Thought Combine for Best-Practice EHS Auditing

Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) auditing provides confidence to organizations that operational risks are measured through effective identification, control, monitoring and governance. Audits are conducted to gain better understanding of the management system and to evaluate the level of compliance with internal requirements and external regulations. Such audits utilize protocols to seek understanding of problems in an attempt to correct any deficiency before loss or a compliance issue is experienced.

EHS auditing is usually conducted for the following reasons:

  • Ensuring compliance to the requirements of internal, international and industry standards and regulations, and customer requirements,
  • To assess and determine the effectiveness of an implemented system in meeting specified objectives,
  • To explore opportunities for improvement,
  • To meet statutory and regulatory requirements,
  • To determine the management system risks, and,
  • To provide feedback to senior management.

There are two main schools of thought when it comes to EHS auditing. Most professionals are familiar … Read more...

ISO 45001 May Be Particularly Beneficial to Manufacturing

ISO 45001 will heap a whole lot more responsibility on to the already full plates of top managers. The standard puts business management on the hook to create, orchestrate, maintain, monitor, develop and actively promote a system that takes occupational health and safety (OH&S) policies and embeds these into the culture and operation of a business’s everyday activities. The corollary to this is that leaders will need to find a way to ensure sufficient financial, personnel and time resources are devoted to the successful implementation of a management system for OH&S.

At the heart of the ISO 45001 standard is a need for worker involvement through participation in decision making, evaluation procedures, implementation and feedback mechanisms.

The new standard will amplify a need for an effective safety solution, including tools that will allow manufacturers to connect with different stakeholders throughout their organizations, to foster trust and collaboration at each level.… Read more...

ISO 45001 Challenges Leaders to Lead the Way

DOWNLOAD NOW ButtonThe effectiveness and ultimate success of any health and safety regulation or standard really does begin and end with leadership.

Full commitment and support by top business management in driving corporate-wide adherence to and support of regulations, policies and guidelines for safety, quality and pretty much any other regulatory directive is essential. It’s the power behind the punch.

That leaders need to lead is hardly an Earth-shattering revelation. But it’s a refreshing and necessary guiding principle behind the upcoming ISO 45001 standard, set for publication in April. The International Labour Organization estimates more than 7,600 people die each day from work-related accidents or diseases – over 2.78 million people every year.

This new standard spells out requirements for an occupational health and safety management system (OHSMS) through a framework intended to improve employee safety, reduce workplace risks and create better, safer working conditions.

What sets ISO 45001 apart is an … Read more...

EHSQ Community | ISO 45001

Our EHSQ members Chris J Ward and Jane Standerwick share an update from the ISO 45001 draft – update July 20th results ballot announcement. We invite you to join our Environmental, Health and Safety, and Quality professional community, and share your knowledge with other members.

  • ISO 45001 draft – update from July 20th results ballot announcement by Chris J Ward and Jane Standerwick
  • Organizational Behavior and Corporate Culture: The impact on Safety Management and Practices by Dr. Judith Erickson, Dave Rebbitt and our member Jim Loud
  • 3 Ways to Improve Your Company’s Safety and Employee Morale member Nicky Gomez
  • The Power of Change- MidWest EHS MIS User Group Event member Kay Eileraas

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EHSQ Community | ISO 45001 draft Update, and Organizational Behavior and Corporate Culture

ISO 45001 draft – update join members  Chris J Ward and Jane Standerwick as they share an update from the discussion on July 20th results ballot announcement. We invite you to join our Environmental, Health and Safety, and Quality professional community, and share your knowledge with other members.

  • ISO 45001 draft – update from July 20th results ballot announcement by Chris J Ward and Jane Standerwick
  • Organizational Behavior and Corporate Culture: The impact on Safety Management and Practices by Dr. Judith Erickson, Dave Rebbitt  and our member Jim Loud
  • Learnings from Safety Professionals: Refrigerant Rule Revisions member Tamara Parris
  • Can Relationship-Centered Safety Decrease Fatalities? by member Rosa Antonia Carrillo

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EHSQ Community | Risk Control

We invite you to join our Environmental, Health and Safety, and Quality professional discussions. This week, join our members Chris Ward for a new ISO 45001 Update. We invite you to join the discussion and share your knowledge with other members.

  • New Timeline for Publication of ISO 45001 with member Chris Ward
  • Controlling Major Risks: Moving from Symptoms to Systems with Ron Gantt and Jim Loud

  • Master Training Series ACE, GCI & CITS ISSA Certification-Orlando with David Thompson
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Intelex Community | This Week: GHS

Environmental, Health and Safety, and Quality Professional CommunityFind out what’s new about the GHS Hazard Communication Standard and OSHA in this week’s update on the Intelex Community!

  • New GHS Hazard Communication Standard: Roll-out Issues
  • Subcontractor Opportunity for EHS Management Information System Implementation Partners
  • Leading Indicators to Predict Safety Performance Webinar
  • OSHA discussion group
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