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(the current occupational health and safety standard published by the British Standards Institution (BSI)) will be withdrawn by BSI and companies will no longer be able to register to OHSAS 18001.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

Update on the New OHS Standard ISO 45001 Reply

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has been working on the development of ISO 45001, a new Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) 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 international standard (FDIS) stage.  The ballot on the FDIS must be completed by January 25, 2018.  If it is successful, it could be published as an approved standard as soon as February or March 2018. The new ISO 45001 standard will replace Occupational Health and Safety Standard (OSHAS) 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 and management, 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 OSHAS 18001 to ISO 45001, please contact Linda Swift at (508) 970-0033 x1119, or at lswift@capaccio.com.  For answers to questions regarding CAPACCIO’s EHS DashboardTM contact Cristina Mendoza at (774) 249-2418 or at cmendoza@capaccio.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.