ISO 45001’s Purpose is to Improve Health and Safety Performance – But It Takes Some Planning Reply

As you may know ISO 45001 is here!  It was finalized and published in March of 2018.  But what is 45001?  It is an ISO standard for health and safety management systems (HSMS’s) that is designed to help organizations maintain a safe and healthy workplace, prevent ill health, manage an organization’s occupational health and safety (OHS) risks and opportunities, and continually improve the organization’s OHS performance.

Why is that important?  Along with certification to ISO 14001:2015 (ISO’s environmental management standard), certification to ISO 45001 serves as a commitment to the sustainability of the organization, its workers and other interested parties (e.g., investors, the local community).  This transparency of an organization helps to demonstrate its intentions and strategy in how the business conducts itself.  A commitment to OHS (occupational health and safety) carries a lot of weight with attracting talented workers, responsible customers, shareholders and others.

Now that ISO 45001:2018 is published, OHSAS 18001:2017 is being withdrawn, and organizations will no longer have the opportunity to become newly registered to the previous health and safety standard.  Organizations currently registered to OHSAS 18001:2007 have up to three years to transition to ISO 45001.  Organizations wanting to be newly registered will now only be able to register to the new ISO 45001 standard.

For those organizations that are already certified to ISO 14001:2015, many of the requirements you need should be in place for 45001 already – as the requirements for an EMS (environmental management system) are much the same as for an HSMS (health and safety management system).

If your organization is interested in forward thinking and seriously addressing its risks and opportunities in the area of OHS, it’s time to start planning how and when to get certified.

Tips on how to approach certification…

  • Be sure to obtain management commitment – without it the HSMS will fail (and it’s one of the requirements of the standard-See Element 5 of the standard).
  • Study the standard – look at what you have in place and what you need to put in place.
  • Set a schedule for the registrar to come in and audit your management system for certification. Your plan for certification should include a timetable that is reasonable for your organization.
  • Prepare, prepare, prepare – it’s not wise to wait until the last minute.

Capaccio Environmental Engineering, Inc. has the tools and experience to help you identify what you already have in place and what you need.  We can also help you develop the system,  implement it, and get your organization ready for the certification audit.  After your organization is certified, we can also help you to maintain your management system as well.

Stay tuned to the Capaccio’s Blog and eBlast communications for an announcement about upcoming training sessions regarding ISO 45001:2018.

Contact Linda Swift,  CHMM, TURP, Exemplar Global Provisional Auditor, at 978-621-6433 with any questions you may have or assistance you may need regarding ISO 45001:2018.

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.

 

 

 

Cristina Mendoza To Lead Solutions Design Team at CAPACCIO Reply

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Cristina Mendoza

Capaccio Environmental Engineering, Inc. is proud to announce the promotion of Cristina Mendoza from Environmental Scientist to Solutions Design Lead. Aligning with CAPACCIO’S mission of “Helping Industry and the Environment Prosper” and its overarching goal of delivering high value total solutions to our clients, Cristina will play a key role applying her knowledge in EH&S, Sustainability and Management Systems as well as her experience utilizing CAPACCIO’s custom tools, web applications, and cloud-based solutions to develop strategic solutions which advance our clients’ EH&S and other programs.

In this realm, Cristina recently completed a project which enabled a client’s ability to facilitate Corporate Sustainability Reporting through the GRI standard using CAPACCIO’s EHS DashboardTM product as its vehicle. This solution is just one of the projects Cristina and the CAPACCIO team can customize to meet our client’s needs and objectives.

A rising star at CAPACCIO, Cristina began as an Intern back in 2013 while she completed her senior year at Clark University and pursued her Masters in Business Administration. In 2015, in a full-time role as an Environmental Scientist, Cristina became an effective contributor to a variety of projects, and her strong background in sustainability quickly became an asset to the growing interest and level of projects in the area of corporate sustainability. In 2016, when Cristina was promoted ES-2 Level, she became a Project Manager as well as Technical Lead for CAPACCIO’s Sustainability and Management Systems service areas. Her new role will combine her collective expertise to identify, craft, and deliver high value solution designs which align with our clients’ core business drivers and boost the individual as well as the organization’s overall objectives and performance.

Other professional successes include being active on the Leadership Committee of the Environmental Business Council’s (EBC’s) Young Environmental Professionals Committee and serving as an active contributor and leader for Associated Industries of Massachusetts’s (AIM’s) Sustainability roundtable seminars for several years. Most recently, Cristina also received EBC’s Ascending Leader Award.

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.

 

Environmental Management Systems – You’ve Got the Basics, Now Wow Them! Reply

The transition phase deadline for your Environmental Management System (EMS) to the latest revision of ISO 14001 is almost here (September 2018). Making this transition continues to challenge many organizations as they need to expand their views of how systems can become an even greater driver of environmental excellence. Themes of ‘taking a holistic approach’, ‘risk-based thinking’, and ‘organizational integration’ are all present throughout the standard – and one key element requires you to evaluate your EMS from these viewpoints, and document it in your Manual.

Context of the Organization is a new element for ISO 14001 that requires an approach to your EMS that you may not have considered previously. Asking organizations to look inward to assess and understand how your environmental programs fit into and provide value for the overall business is part of this new context approach. Achieving this understanding requires a commitment and involvement from upper management to make those clear ties between environmental performance and organizational success.

Enhancing the communication and integration between top management and environmental programs can provide a great deal of insight which may have been previously overlooked on how environmental aspects within an organization can be viewed as true business risks and opportunities. To complete this evaluation, context asks that you think about the external factors that currently (and that could potentially) influence how your organization makes strategic decisions. Consider competition, regulations, consumer trends. All of these topics play into how organizational decisions are made and can ultimately impact how effectively you can run your EMS.

Context evaluation demands a broader organizational view, and an understanding of how environmental programs are integrated into the overall business. Maintained communication with top management around this relationship leads to the opportunity for environmental programs to be viewed as a value adding function. It is understood, however, that this way of thinking was not always required of the environmental function, and environmental was not always integrated into top management.

If you’re struggling to identify where this added value can be realized, or with the building blocks of this element, please email Cristina Mendoza or call her at 774-249-2418 with any questions.

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.

 

 

 

Is Your EMS Enhancing Your Organization’s Environmental Performance? Reply

Your organization’s Environmental Management System (EMS) is all about recognizing environmental risks, deciding which are most important, taking action to minimize those risks, and ultimately enhancing environmental performance.  Depending on those risks, you may be performing actions to ensure you’re compliant with obligations from regulatory agencies and interested parties.  Depending on the size of your organization, these actions demand management of a great deal of data. Data related to tracking actions and effectiveness of those actions are vital pieces of evidence to support compliance.  For instance, the organization can have a schedule for audits, a schedule for inspections, a schedule for sampling, and a schedule to complete objectives…but does the organization have a schedule that makes sure the EMS as a whole is doing its job?  This schedule should include a broader, more holistic approach. This can include: discussions with Top Management, checking on sustained progress on environmental objectives, an audit schedule, specific times to evaluate environmental aspects and impacts, and so on.

What about all the records and data you need to keep and maintain to demonstrate compliance with regulatory obligations and conformance with your EMS?  Is there a repository for records (e.g., inspection records, sampling data, metrics for objectives)? Is there a master calendar or schedule for EMS activities – either paper or electronic?

Having the right tools to manage your holistic systems solution enhances efficiency, accuracy, and accountability. It ensures that your organization is on track and can demonstrate its enhanced environmental performance. Tools like the EHS DashboardTM can be part of your holistic systems solution. Using this tool increases transparency and effectiveness of your systems management, elevating your EMS Program to new levels. Once an organization is confident around the data being collected related to systems, real progress can be made towards continually improving environmental performance.

If you are interested in how Capaccio’s EHS Dashboard can help, please contact Cristina Mendoza at 774-249-2418 or cmendoza@capaccio.com.