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.

CAPACCIO to present “ISO 14001:2015 Are you Ready for the Changes?” on Sept. 12 1

The Central Massachusetts Business Environmental Network (CMBEN) in partnership with the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce present ISO14001:2015 Are you Ready for the Changes?

When: Tuesday, September 12, 2017, 9:00 – 11:00 A.M.

Where: Saint-Gobain-Norton Hall, 1 New Bond St, Worcester, Massachusetts

The following are the speakers and the topics they will present on:

Linda Swift of Capaccio Environmental Engineering, Inc. will speak on changes from ISO 14001:2004 to ISO 14001:2015

-Cristina Mendoza of Capaccio Environmental Engineering, Inc. will speak on specific areas that companies are having a difficulty understanding (e.g., context of the business)

Pam Eliason of TURI will give a short presentation on how these changes affect the EMS Alternative to traditional TUR Planning

Networking will be from 9:00 to 9:30 and the program will begin after that.

To register e-mail Isabelle Lavigne from Irwin Engineers at ilavigne@irwinengineers.com, or call her at (508) 653-8007 ext. 10. Although there is no cost for this meeting, seating is limited so please register soon, and no later than September 8th.

For more information, contact Lucy Servidio at 508-970-0033 ext. 114 or lservidio@capaccio.com.

Capaccio’s Cristina Mendoza Receives EBC’s Ascending Leader Award Reply

Capaccio Environmental Engineering, Inc. (Capaccio) is pleased to announce that Cristina Mendoza was selected as a 2017 Environmental Business Council (EBC) Ascending Leader Award recipient. The Award recognizes young, ascending professionals in the energy and environmental sectors who demonstrate exceptional leadership and industry involvement early in their careers. Recipients are also considered leaders within their respective companies, who manage high profile projects and provide mentorship to their peers. They are active in their communities both professionally and personally through leadership positions in business associations, non-profit organizations, and civic groups.

Ms. Mendoza is an Environmental Scientist at Capaccio, an award-winning, women-owned, 30-person environmental, health and safety consulting and engineering firm based out of Marlborough, MA. While still in college/graduate school, Ms. Mendoza began working as an intern at Capaccio and quickly demonstrated her capabilities and willingness to learn by assisting with several high profile projects.

In 2015, she was hired full-time as an Environmental Scientist/Sustainability Consultant and continued to further develop her knowledge and expertise in the sustainability arena. She also became involved with EBC’s young professionals and became a member of EBC’s Ascending Professionals Committee (Member since 2013 – Leadership Team Member since Summer 2014) and planned a program event on sustainable, responsible, impact investing. She also began serving as a member and facilitator of the Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM) Sustainability Roundtable, which plans and executes events throughout the year on sustainability topics.

In January 2016, she was promoted to the ES II level, and increased her responsibilities by also becoming the leader of Capaccio’s Sustainability and Systems group. In this role, she lends her technical expertise, ensures internal resource development, and facilitates technical group strategy. Her knowledge has been tapped in live presentations such as the 2017 SESHA (Semiconductor Environmental Safety and Health Association) Symposium where she presented on the topic of ‘The Power of Aligning EH&S with Business Aspirations’.

Ms. Mendoza holds a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Science (2014) and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) (2015) from Clark University.

Other recipients of the award included Lauren Ballou, Environmental Planner, VHB; Kathleen Brill, Associate, Foley Hoag LLP; Heidi Lemieux, Senior Project Engineer, Sanborn, Head & Associates, Inc.; and Matthew Waldrip, Environmental Engineer, Eversource Energy. Recipients were honored on August 10 at the EBC Annual Summer Garden Party in Boston, Massachusetts.

Now in its 25th year, Capaccio lives and breathes its mission of “helping industry and the environment prosper” with a commitment to leading our industrial and institutional clients toward sustainable growth. Through our responsiveness, integrity and cost-effective solutions, we have enabled our clients to become among the leading greenest and financially performing companies. In 2016, CAPACCIO was named #1 Best Firm to Work For by Zweig Group. Visit us at www.capaccio.com or learn more about our total solution the EHS DashboardTM at www.ehsdashboard.com.

 

Management Systems Internal Audits – Going Beyond the Annual Physical Reply

EH&S Management systems standards are developed to proactively address and continually improve how to protect the environment and how to establish and maintain a safe and healthy workplace. The environmental management system, ISO 14001, and occupational health and safety management system, OHSAS 18001 – soon to be converted to the new ISO 45001, help to manage risks and take advantage of opportunities. Just as an annual EH&S audit can be related to an annual physical, internal systems audits can be related to the ongoing monitoring of your overall health. Working with a general practitioner to consistently improve a functional area of one’s health mandates a certain amount of effort. However, if this area is of highest risk to us, we will devote that time.

Commitment to internal auditing has huge potential for risk reduction and continual improvement, just as commitment to ongoing monitoring of your health. Part of this commitment is ensuring that your EH&S management system is functioning as intended to promote environmental protection and a safe and healthy workplace. Having an effective management system achieves this.

Management systems are most successful when all those affected in some capacity by the system embrace the procedures and best practices shared with them from the system – making the role of an internal auditor for management systems essential. They can act as another set of eyes to review operations and to act as the catalyst to best practices and improvement.

The internal auditor has the platform to point out an internal audit finding, such as emergency procedures not being executed as stated in documentation. They also have the responsibility to identify areas where there are opportunities for improvement, such as posting significant aspects in areas affected by those aspects to increase awareness.

In order to show continued improvement for an organization’s management system or an individual’s health, concrete evidence of steps taken to do so are very important. In a management system, objective evidence that procedures are being followed and are effective is a must-have. Internal audit findings are meant to take an organization’s EMS to the next level of best practices and demonstrate improvement of the system.

Having a management system, or working with a healthcare provider, won’t be of value if we simply carry on with business as usual. We cannot expect there to be improvements each time we have an annual appointment or audit without acting to correct or address issues identified. The value comes from embracing the guidance from the internal auditor or healthcare provider to see the most concrete improvements.

Embracing this guidance means continually improving the management system itself, and for this scenario, improving the preparation, execution, and documentation of internal audits. Managing audit documentation, corrective actions, and audit schedules in discrete, siloed, files leaves room for error and inconsistencies. Tools are now available to transform the way in which this is accomplished. A tool like the EHS-DashboardTM has the capability to schedule audits, log findings, communicate internally to address corrective actions, and store documentation, while simultaneously linking each piece together.

If you have questions about internal audits for management systems or how to implement tools to enhance your existing systems, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our experts. Linda Swift can be reached at lswift@capaccio.com or 978-621-6433 and Cristina Mendoza can be reached at cmendoza@capaccio.com or 774-249-2418.