• Corrective or Preventive Action – Risk based thinking?

    7th November, 2016 | by Andrew Barham
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    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:

    1. Being proactive in preventative action
    2. 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’

  • What is Different in ISO 45001:2016?

    4th May, 2016 | by Andrew Barham
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    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?

  • What is the difference between AS/NZS 4801 and OHSAS 18001?

    18th November, 2014 | by Tom Barham
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    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.

  • How important are OHS Management Systems

    15th August, 2013 | by Andrew Barham
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    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.

  • 12 Questions for Top Management about Quality

    28th June, 2013 | by Andrew Barham
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    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.

  • 12 Questions for Top Management about OHS

    28th June, 2013 | by Andrew Barham
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    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.

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