Did you know state colleges and universities need to comply with OSHA Standards by February 1, 2019? Reply

On March 9, 2018, House Bill 3952, An Act to Further Define Standards of Employee Safety that amends M.G.L. chapter 149 §6 ½, was enacted. The law updates and clarifies employee safety requirements in public sector workplaces among them, State Colleges and Universities. This law is being enforced by the Department of Labor Standards (DLS) and becomes effective February 1, 2019. You should have received a letter or email to this effect, but in the event you did not, please read the notice for more specifics.

Although this law does not replace OSHA, the new requirements will be the same as OSHA’s and it will be expected that programs and training will be updated as needed. As we are already in the month of June, that gives state colleges and universities a little more than seven months to comply. Do you know where your programs stand?

If you have any questions or need more information or assistance, please email Lucy Servidio or call her at 508.380.9217 or email Travis Wheeler or call him at 774.249.3246.

At CAPACCIO, we live our mission of “Helping Industry and the Environment Prosper”. We align EH&S with your overall business objectives to strategically position you for success.  Our unique approach combines our extensive EH&S experience with cutting edge technologies, such as our EHS DashboardTM, to effectively address your challenges.  Our comprehensive solutions have resulted in award-winning EH&S and overall business performance for our clients.  We are certified WBENC, WBE. To learn more visit us at http://www.capaccio.com.

 

CAPACCIO promotes John Kelleher to Environmental Health and Safety Scientist II Reply

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John Kelleher

Capaccio Environmental Engineering, Inc. (CAPACCIO) is proud to announce the promotion of John Kelleher from Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) Scientist I to EH&S Scientist II. Aligning with CAPACCIO’s mission of “Helping Industry and the Environment Prosper” and in delivering high value total solutions to our clients, John’s promotion to EH&S Scientist II will further advance his role in a variety of Health & Safety (H&S) and Industrial Hygiene projects he is involved with at CAPACCIO.

John started with CAPACCIO in June 2015 as a EH&S Intern following his graduation from Keene State College with his Bachelor’s Degree in Safety and Occupational Health Applied Science. In November 2015, he was hired as an EH&S Scientist I. Since then, he has shown great initiative in increasing his skills specific to H&S, On-site Services, and Industrial Hygiene.  He has also taken on the role of Project Manager for several projects and works on-site as an EH&S specialist for a host of CAPACCIO clients.

John works within CAPACCIO’S EH&S group which includes Nick Grote, CSP, and Katie Grasso, both of whom are Senior EH&S Scientists. They work individually and as a team on a variety of projects. One collective effort includes conducting job hazard analyses (JHAs) for a local state university. For the same client, they are also conducting a health and safety compliance audit to identify gaps against the applicable OSHA regulations. The project is helping the client to comply with a recent update in the Massachusetts Department of Labor standards which is requiring companies in the public sector to be in compliance with Federal OSHA regulations by February 1st, 2019.

As an individual or as part of the Capaccio Health and Safety Team, John provides value to our clients by providing solutions that take a holistic approach to EH&S compliance.

At CAPACCIO, we live our mission of “Helping Industry and the Environment Prosper”. We align EH&S with your overall business objectives to strategically position you for success.  Our unique approach combines our extensive EH&S experience with cutting edge technologies, such as our EHS DashboardTM, to effectively address your challenges.  Our comprehensive solutions have resulted in award-winning EH&S and overall business performance for our clients.  To learn more visit us at www.capaccio.com.

 

 

ISO 45001:2018 Publishing Date Set 1

45001As we mentioned in a previous post, ISO 45001:2018 (the health and safety management system set to replace OHSAS 18001:2007) has been approved for publication as a final ISO standard. ISO has indicated that ISO 45001:2018 is scheduled to be published on March 12, 2018. Keep a watch on the ISO website so you can obtain a copy as soon as its available.

System transitions can require a great deal of resource input if not approached strategically. CAPACCIO can assist you with transitioning your existing OHSAS 18001:2007 health and safety management system to the new ISO 45001:2018 requirements to realize the greatest value in your existing processes and future ISO 45001:2018 system.

If you have not previously been certified to ISO 18001:2007 but feel there are opportunities for enhanced structure and efficiency within your H&S system, implementation ISO 45001:2018 can be a great tool to do so. Please contact Linda Swift for assistance or with your questions at 978-621-6433.

Final Draft ISO 45001 Approved! Reply

The final draft international standard (FDIS) of ISO 45001 (the International Organization for Standardization Occupational Health and Safety Management Standard) – a standard to level the global playing field for occupational health and safety – has been overwhelmingly approved and is anticipated to be published as a final ISO standard by the end of March 2018.

After ISO 45001 is published as a final standard, the OHSAS 18001 standard (the current occupational health and safety standard published by the British Standards Institution (BSI)) will be withdrawn by BSI and companies will no longer be able to register to OHSAS 18001. Companies currently registered to OHSAS 18001 will have three years from the date of the publication of ISO 45001 to transition to the new ISO Occupational Health and Safety Standard.

ISO 45001 was drafted in the same format (Annex SL) as ISO 14001:2015 (ISO’s Environmental Management Standard), and many of the requirements are similar. The Annex SL structure facilitates integration of environmental and occupational health & safety management systems.  Be on the lookout for the final standard and get ready for transitioning to ISO 45001!  Start Planning your transition as soon as possible.

If you have questions or need help transitioning or developing a health and safety management system to ISO 45001, please contact Linda Swift at 978-621-6433 or lswift@capaccio.com.