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(the current occupational health and safety standard published by the British Standards Institution (BSI)) will be withdrawn by BSI and companies will no longer be able to register to OHSAS 18001.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

Changes to the Hazardous Waste Biennial Report Reply

Large Quantity Generators are required to report hazardous waste (HW) activity by March 1st of each even numbered year (every two years) for the preceding calendar year.  Reports are to be sent to the facility’s state authority (in Massachusetts, MassDEP).

Previously, there was an independent software used to prepare these reports. This year (reports to be submitted in March 2018) HW Biennial Reports have to be prepared and submitted using the EPA RCRAInfo Industry Application (RIA) software.

Here’s what’s new:

    • The Biennial Reporting software is a part of the EPA RCRAInfo Industry Application (RIA) which is also a part of the EPA CDX system – so everyone who prepares and submits a HW biennial report needs a CDX account and to register in the RIA system.
    • MassDEP noted to be sure you understand that there are a number of roles for RIA and whoever signs up as the Site Management Role will have control not only of the HW Biennial Report roles and content but also any roles related to the eManifest (expected this summer), and Generator Notification form (expected in the near future), etc.  (Basically anyone with a waste role on CDX related to the client’s facility). So CAPACCIO is advising clients to be careful who they assign to that role.  Once roles are assigned, you need to make sure that those people have CDX accounts.  If they don’t have accounts, one of the first things you need to do is set a up CDX account and then register on RCRAInfo. 
Having trouble submitting your Hazardous Waste Biennial Report?
  • That’s because EPA has not loaded the SI form template (form with your site information) into the RCRAInfo Biennial Report site and you cannot submit the report without completing an SI form.  The form will likely be available in mid-January.
If you have questions regarding the Hazardous Waste Biennial report, contact Linda Swift at lswift@capaccio.com or Alexis Dallaportas at adallaportas@capaccio.com.

New OHS Standard ISO 45001 Update Reply

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has been working on the development of ISO 45001, a new standard aimed at providing organizations with an established framework for preventing ill health, preventing workplace injuries, and providing a healthy and safe workplace.

ISO 45001 is now in the final draft stage international standard (FDIS).  The ballot on the FDIS must be completed by January 25, 2018.  If it is successful, it could be published as an approved standard in March 2018. The new ISO 45001 standard will replace OHSAS 18001 as the primary standard for occupational health and safety. It is noted to be an improvement on OHSAS 18001, credited to the new standard’s risk-based approach. ISO 45001 will also align with the new ISO standards format, Annex SL, facilitating integration of ISO systems and enhancing their roles in operations and business strategy.

Organizations that are currently certified to OHSAS 18001 will need to transition to ISO 45001 within three years of its publication. Taking a systematic approach to data collection, process execution, and responsible party assignments during the transition will be key in achieving certification. Consider a data management and procedural excellence system like the EHS-DashboardTM to do so!

For answers to questions or help with the transition from OHSAS 18001 to ISO 45001, please contact Linda Swift at (508) 970-0033 x 1119, or at 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.