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Now that ISO 45001:2018 is published, OHSAS 18001:2017 is being withdrawn, and organizations will no longer have the opportunity to become newly registered to the previous health and safety standard.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.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Were You Waiting? ISO 45001:2018 is here. Reply

ISO 45001 has been published!  It’s now officially ISO 45001:2018.  Get your copy of the new standard and begin the adventure of designing and developing a new health and safety management system. Now is also the time to begin thinking about transitioning your existing health and safety management system (HSMS) to ISO 45001:2018. Conforming to ISO 45001:2018 helps your organization create a safer, healthier workplace.

Remember, now that ISO 45001 is published, existing OHSAS 18001:2007 HSMS’s will have three years to transition to the new ISO standard, and new HSMS’s must conform to the new ISO 45001:2018 standard. Start your planning now to register to the new standard.

Capaccio Environmental Engineering, Inc. can help with designing and developing a new HSMS or transitioning your existing HSMS.  Our services, such as an independent third-party gap analysis to identify actionable items for the transition, can be a fitting starting point. This third-party gap analysis and a comprehensive independent third party internal systems audit help to ensure that you have a plan for system development/transition and supports the claim that, when your system is ready, you’re in conformance with the ISO 45001:2018 standard.  Capaccio Environmental Engineering, Inc. has the expertise to assure your organization is on the right track and ready to register to ISO 45001:2018.

If you have questions or need assistance with your ISO 45001:2018 HSMS, please contact Linda Swift,  CHMM, TURP, Exemplar Global Provisional Auditor, at 978-621-6433 or lswift@capaccio.com.

Time is Ticking! Are You Ready? Reply

Facilities currently registered to ISO 14001:2004 have only until September 15, 2018 to transition to the updated ISO 14001:2015 standard.  Now is the time to get things in motion!  See the steps outlined below to get there.

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Time and attention will be needed to make the transition and to get staff accustomed the changes which are required by the 2015 version of the standard. A thorough transition can take months to complete.  Do you have the changes covered?

CAPACCIO can help!  We have staff who are experienced in developing and tweaking the elements of your existing EMS to meet the new 2015 requirements and ensure they effectively integrate with other systems.

If your ISO 14001:2015 system is ready, an internal system audit is required prior to the external registration audit. Our experienced auditors are available to assist to help ensure your organization meets updated systems requirements and that it functions most effectively for you.  Our staff has also participated in external registrar audits and can guide you through the process.

CAPACCIO has the knowledge and can be an extra set of hands to ensure you do not miss this critical deadline!  Our staff is experienced with the new system requirements and can provide an independent evaluation of your revised EMS and can advise regarding any issues with conformance to the new requirements as well as help ensure your systems are setup and functioning in a meaningful and effective manner for the best EMS and related business performance.

To avoid a gap in registration, let CAPACCIO help.  Please contact Linda Swift at 978-621-6433 or lswift@capaccio.com with questions or for help in your ISO 14001:2015 transition.