15th August, 2017 | by Tom Barham
A key component of any management system is the policy; it is a high level document that should be used to guide the organisation in its operation, as well as keep them on track to meet and exceed their goals.
Some elements of a policy are the same across all disciplines – they should always reflect the individual organisation, they should be communicated and documented, and they should include a commitment to continual improvement. Other requirements will vary – a quality policy should include a commitment to meet and exceed customer expectations, an environmental policy should include a commitment to the prevention of pollution, and an OHS policy should include a commitment to eliminate work-related illness and injury… or should it?
With ISO 45001 just around the corner, we thought we’d take the time to have a look at the new policy requirements in detail.
20th July, 2017 | by PwC's Auditor Training & Certification
How ready is your organisation for ISO 45001 – take this quiz to find out.
20th July, 2017 | by Andrew Barham
4th July, 2017 | by Andrew Barham
We often hear the term ‘integrated management system’, or we hear people say they have an integrated management system at their workplace, but then go on to talk about JSA’s Job Safety Analysis, EMP’s environmental management plans, or ITP’s inspection and test plans.
Well, if you are using those terms, you might need to question whether you actually have a system that is fully integrated. In this article, we talk about what an Integrated Management System is, and demonstrate how your integrated systems can reduce duplication and make your systems more efficient and effective.
7th November, 2016 | by Andrew Barham
Recently I had a lovely email from a past student saying that she missed our blogs. We have been a little slack and I must admit that we haven’t published one for about three months! Sorry.
Well I rang her and asked if she had any topics in particular that she would like us to write about. A little later I received an email offering two topics which had come about from findings by her employer’s external certification auditor. These were:
- Being proactive in preventative action
- Emergency Preparedness & Response (going beyond a fire drill).
I’m going to address the first topic in this post and I’ll talk about the other in ‘Emergency testing- It’s more than just a fire drill’
4th May, 2016 | by Andrew Barham
In Australia and New Zealand, we have had AS/NZS 4801 since 2001, and in the world of management system standards that is quite a long time. Whilst the British did come up with OHSMS 18001 in 1999, last reviewed in 2007, this has been treated as a more international standard than 4801 however, it is still not an ISO standard. But the wait is nearly over – ISO 45001 is on its way. But it asks the question – what is different in ISO 45001?
18th November, 2014 | by Tom Barham
As we move towards an increasingly globalised business community, many Australian companies are beginning to wonder – AS/NZS 4801 or OHSAS 18001? Both standards align well with other Management Systems standards, such as ISO 9001:2008 (Quality management systems) and ISO 14001:2004 (Environmental management systems), however this post aims to outline their subtle differences.
15th August, 2013 | by Andrew Barham
Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems (OHMS) are designed to manage health and safety data to give an organisation the best chances of having an incident-free workplace.
28th June, 2013 | by Andrew Barham
Meetings with Top Management can be daunting, especially for new auditors. To help, we’ve outlined twelve questions that we believe all auditors should know to ask Top Management, and that Top Management should know about their Quality Management System.
28th June, 2013 | by Andrew Barham
When conducting an audit, one of the first things the auditor will do on-site after the opening meeting is conduct an interview with the organisation’s Top Management.
While this can be a very daunting task even for a seasoned auditor, the following twelve questions are designed to help. These are all questions which we believe Top Management should know about their Occupational Health and Safety management system.