• ISO 45001:2018 is here

    14th March, 2018 | by Tom Barham
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    So it’s finally here – ISO has formally published its first standard for Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems: ISO 45001:2018.

    ISO 45001:2018 is intended to unify the way Health and Safety is managed across the globe. It also provides the same structure and framework as many other management systems standards, such as ISO 9001:2015 for Quality, ISO 14001:2015 for Environmental, and ISO 27001:2013 for Information Security, enabling much greater integration than what was achievable with AS/NZS 4801:2001 or OHSAS 18001:2007.

    In order to help you understand the new standard and what it means, we’ve created a small FAQ below:

  • 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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