• Policy Requirements in ISO 45001

    15th August, 2017 | by Tom Barham
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    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.

  • 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?

  • 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 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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