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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Learnings from Safety Professionals: Crisis Management

April, 2017, our EHSQ Community had a Mastermind session with Vince Marchesani, hosted by Tamara Parris, to discuss the crisis management planning.

During our closed sessions we had a small community gathering of 10 members who shared their views. In our Members voice survey we had 33 participants.

When asked “Do you currently, have a Crisis Management Plan?”  20 members responded “Yes” and 12 “No“. Of the 12, 7 stated they where thinking of creating a crisis plan. When asked “Have you tested your plan?” 15 said “Yes“, and 7 “No”. Of the 15 who stated “Yes“; 8 were satisfied with the test, and 9 not satisfied.

During the session, we had two members join us Juan Gutierrez and Roy Dojahn who voiced their challenges and insights learned through their own work experiences with … Read more...

Record-setting Gulf Oil Spill settlement, Alberta Construction industry fights proposed legislation, huge global wind power potential and more EHS This Week

On this week’s edition of EHS This Week we’ve got the week’s top stories in environment, health and safety news:

  • The record-setting Deepwater Horizon settlement.
  • Alberta Construction Association fights proposed legislation.
  • Staggering news on global wind power potential and more.

Remember to write us with your suggestions, questions and comments at paul@ehsthisweek.com. Also, if you are an industry expert and ever want to take part in the program, we’d love to have you. 

Until next week, enjoy the program!

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OSHA’s changes to SVEP, ASSE’s partnership on fall prevention, EPA’s SCCP ruling and more on EHS This Week

On this week’s edition of EHS This Week we take a look at the top stories in environment, health and safety news, including:

  • Significant changes to OSHA’s once-draconian SVEP program.
  • ASSE’s new partnership with OSHA and NIOSH to promote fall safety in construction.
  • EPA’s cessation of the importation of a chemical company’s SCCPs, and more!

Remember to write us with your suggestions, questions and comments at paul@ehsthisweek.com. Also, if you are an industry expert and ever want to take part in the program, we’d love to have you. 

Until next week, enjoy the program!

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OSHA partnership with FRA, Halle Berry’s on-set injury, Denmark’s wind power ambitions and more on EHS This Week

On this week’s edition of EHS This Week:

  • OSHA’s new alliance with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) tackles whistleblower protection.
  • The EPA puts some serious cash towards water quality.
  • Denmark lives up to its reputation for excellence in renewable energy with some staggering numbers.

Remember to write us with your suggestions, questions and comments at paul@ehsthisweek.com. Also, if you are an industry expert and ever want to take part in the program, we’d love to have you. 

Until next week, enjoy the program!

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Intelex discusses Oil and Gas safety management in ISHN

As in other high-risk sectors, workplace safety is of utmost importance in the Oil and Gas industry, where the smallest of near-misses and at-risk behaviours can result in devastating consequences for frontline workers, not to mention catastrophic environmental impacts. In light of this, it’s hard to believe some oil and gas companies still rely on archaic, paper-based systems for EHS management. Yet in spite of the adoption of state-of-the-art EHS management systems by some industry leaders, paper- and spreadsheet-based systems are still in widespread use.

That said, the trend is changing and businesses are increasingly beginning to see how streamlined EHS management systems are ultimately investments with great returns that help companies navigate increasingly complex regulatory waters. Learn more about this dynamic by checking out my article “Goodbye to paper and spreadsheets” in the most recent issue of ISHN (Industrial Safety and Hygiene News). You’ll have to register … Read more...

Historic Ontario workplace negligence fines, OSHA’s heat standard, drought across 1,000 U.S. counties and more on EHS This Week

We are bringing you the top stories in environment, health and safety news on the Friday, July 13 edition of EHS This Week. This week, among other things, we’ll discuss:

  • Historic fines in Toronto Christmas Eve scaffolding deaths.
  • OSHA internal training program.
  • News on OSHA’s heat standard.
  • America and Canada’s poor energy efficiency ranking.

Remember that you can always write us with your suggestions, questions and comments at paul@ehsthisweek.com. Also, if you are an industry expert and ever want to take part in the program, we’d love to have you. 

Until next week, enjoy the program!

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Defining your quality initiatives

Improving quality and efficiency in an organization can often seem like a difficult task, given the numerous approaches out there.  Some companies believe their quality improvement initiatives are strong enough to withstand any obstacle in the marketplace, whereas other companies fail to have a strong enough stance on the subject entirely.  This can be as a direct result of poor leadership and accountability, cultural resistance, and even poor planning.  

In a recent article posted on QualityDigest.com, George Maszle summaries an excellent input-process-output (IPO) chart, called Quality and Productivity Improvement Processes, focusing on 10 positive factors that can be implemented in the workforce for a more productive and value-based development.   Some of these factors include selecting the right people and projects, integrated training, and enterprise-wide knowledge training, to name a few. 

Once these elements are executed across the board, they create five desired quality outputs as a result, which are: … Read more...

Intelex contributes to Oil and Gas Product News

Check out the recent Intelex article, When Paper Kills: The Perils of Reactive Management, in the latest issue of Oil and Gas Product News. Sure, the title sounds a bit dramatic, but when it comes to occupational health and safety, you can’t be too serious.

The story hones in on the sometimes archaic paper and spreadsheet-based systems that some Oil and Gas companies (not to mention businesses across all sectors) use to manage environmental, health and saefty (EHS) management data, particularly on oil rigs, drills, platforms and other worksites. 

The article, through a couple of hypothetical case studies, explores the difference between reactive, paper-based EHS management systems and the proactive, streamlined alternative, and discuss how the impacts on workplace health and safety, environmental impacts, time and eficiency, and bottom line/ROI significantly vary between the two systems.

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Yes, even tourism and hospitality businesses benefit from streamlined environmental management

Monitoring environmental impacts by tracking sustainability KPIs is essential for any business in the hospitality industry. But, from a financial perspective, how these environmental metrics are tracked is as important as the fact they are tracked. Results increasingly show a software-based EMS is the most effective way of improving environmental performance and boosting revenue.

Environmental management has been overcomplicated in recent years, and business leaders often feel overwhelmed by the perceived array of complex requirements associated with environmental performance. But it is actually quite simple. On a rudimentary level, it involves tracking and reporting on four critical metrics: waste and wastewater output, water usage, and air emissions. After analyzing these factors, a resort can develop and implement new policies to mitigate its environmental impacts and save money. 

But the most substantial savings of environment management arises from the implementation of a software-based EMS. The return on investment (ROI) from a … Read more...