ISO 45001:2018 Publishing Date Set Reply

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(the current occupational health and safety standard published by the British Standards Institution (BSI)) will be withdrawn by BSI and companies will no longer be able to register to OHSAS 18001.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.

Always Make Safety Your Top Priority Reply

Extra! Extra! Read All About It!

The Assault on Health and Safety Begins!

Deregulation policies a threat to worker safety!

OSHA Delays Electronic Record-Keeping Rule!

Talk of scrapping two regulations for each new one adopted!

OSHA Further Delays Silica Rule Enforcement!

Proposed $2.5B Cut to Dept. of Labor’s Budget, Elimination of Chemical Safety Board

During the past six months, there has been lots of talk (and action) in Washington about reducing and eliminating regulations, repealing OSHA rules, and imposing major staff reductions and budget cuts in agencies dedicated to increasing worker health and safety (OSHA, MSHA, NIOSH, and The Chemical Safety Board). Despite all the headlines, businesses throughout the country must continue to operate and, unfortunately, workers continue to be injured or killed on the job on a daily basis.

Although safety regulations and enforcement actions can have a positive effect on reducing worker injuries, they do not prevent them. It still remains everyone’s responsibility within the workplace to promote, create, and maintain a safe and healthy work environment despite whether or not a formal regulation is in place.  From top management down through all levels of the business hierarchy to the employees on the shop floor, safety should be everyone’s top priority.

Regulations or the threat of enforcement penalties and fines should not be the sole driving force in providing safe and healthy work environments. Many highly successful businesses foster safe working conditions and decide on their own to implement safety programs that exceed the basic requirements spelled out in safety regulations.

Bottomline –Safety should remain at the top of your priority list every day for yourself, your fellow employees, and your family and friends while you are away from the workplace.

For more information or of you require assistance with your health and safety programs, please contact Bob King, CIH, CSP, at 508-970-0033 ext. 113 or bking@capaccio.com.

Neglecting Your Health and Your EHS Program’s Health Can Be Hazardous Reply

Our series about auditing and how it resembles an annual physical comes to an end
with this article that discusses risk management and process safety management
(RMP and PSM) assessments. In the same way that an annual physical may alert
you of weight gain or poor nutrition, an annual assessment of your chemical
processes provides a grasp of the current state of the management of your
facility’s hazards.

An annual physical typically begins with a weigh-in. Your weight is tracked and observed by your doctor, and when unhealthy dietary choices and lack of exercise
have led you to pack on some pounds, your doctor will suggest that you modify
your food choices and increase your activity level.

Likewise, mismanaging your RMP and PSM program could lead your processes
down a slippery slope of poor condition. Does your maintenance group maintain
each part of your process in a way that prevents known hazards? Have your
operating procedures been reviewed and certified as current and accurate each
year? Is your frequency of training your employees on RMP and PSM often enough
so that employees are refreshed on the hazards of the process and can perform
their jobs in a safe manner? Answers to these questions are asked during a required
and enforceable 3-year Compliance Audit; however, wouldn’t it be a good idea to
catch these issues ahead of time by performing an annual program assessment?

These pieces to the healthy PSM and RMP puzzle need constant attention, review,
and care. Just as easily as you can get out of the exercise groove, you can also fall
off the wagon with your awareness and upkeep of your PSM and RMP processes.
An annual program assessment is non-enforceable, kept internal, and ensures
that you regularly evaluate your PSM and RMP targets for compliance, the plan
to reach those targets, program milestones achieved, the resources available
to get to the next step, and program areas in need of work.

Just like there are apps to track your food and exercise plan on your phone,
computer, or other electronic device, CAPACCIO’s EHS Dashboard can help you
track your PSM and RMP action items from an annual assessment to help you
reach your goals for a safe and healthy process.

Don’t wait for an inspection to uncover your program’s health issues; call or
email Christine Silverman 508-970-0033 x 127 or csilverman@capaccio.com
for assistance.