Category Archives: OHSAS 18001

Arc Flash Risk Management – a very real threat to your employees

An arc flash occurs amongst the live conductors or between a conductor and the ground. The current from any of the live conductor leaves its normal directional flow, travels through air and enters another conductor or to the ground. The … Continue reading

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Heat Stress – keeping your employees safe

As we transition to warmer temperatures, it’s important to revisit your workplace’s Heat Illness Prevention Program to ensure your employees are equipped to combat heat-related stress and illnesses. Heat is the number one cause of weather-related fatalities in the United … Continue reading

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OSHA final rule requires electronic injury and illness reporting, creates public database

OSHA has released its final rule to modernize injury data collection to better inform workers, employers, the public, and OSHA about workplace hazards. The agency said that via the final regulation, it is applying the insights of behavioral economics to … Continue reading

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Testing Emergency Response Procedures – what is required?

Many clients struggle with knowing when and how to “test” emergency response procedures. ISO 14001:2015 element 8.2(d) (previously 4.4.7) requires organizations to “periodically test the planned response actions, where practicable…..”.  The word periodically should not be interpreted as “whenever we … Continue reading

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Top Five OSHA Changes to Watch for in 2016

The last year of President Obama’s administration is fast approaching and 2016 looks to be a busy time for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), as it attempts to finalize significant rulemakings and guidance documents. Here are the top … Continue reading

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Always Wear Your Seat Belt While Operating a Fork Lift – why?

This photo shows the scene of a fatality that occurred when a forklift tipped over and the operator thought he could “jump clear.” He didn’t quite make it. He was crushed between the forklift rollover bar and the concrete floor. … Continue reading

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Effective EHS Training: ANSI’s Z490.1 Provides Nice Approach

Many companies spend a lot of time, effort, and money trying to maintain high standards for the environment, health, and safety (EHS). And this often involves-and should involve-an EHS training component. For example, OSHA and similar regulatory agencies require EHS … Continue reading

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OSHA Top Ten Violations for 2014

OSHA just released its list of the top ten most frequently cited workplace safety violations for fiscal year 2014. The 2014 list includes all the same all the same standards as last year’s list, and the four standards at the top … Continue reading

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OSHA extends comment period on proposed rule to improve tracking of workplace injury and illnesses

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration today announced it will extend the comment period on the proposed rule to improve tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses to Oct. 14, 2014. The proposal, published on Nov. 8, 2013, would amend the … Continue reading

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ISO 45001: The New Health & Safety Standard

ISO recently announced that ISO Committee ISO/PC 283 – Occupational Health & Safety Management Systems, has been formed with an objective to develop and publish an international standard for Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) based on OHSAS 18001. The new … Continue reading

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Changes to ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 – they are coming!!

Both the ISO 14001:2004 and OHSAS:2007 standards are heading for changes. The revised changes to ISO 14001:2007 are planned to be finalized in 2015. ISO 14001 Status: ISO has issued Guide 83 “High level structure and identical text for management … Continue reading

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What is “Management of Change”?

Although it is often used as a term of art in the safety field, “management of change” is not a defined term in OHSAS 18001:2007.  It is, however; vital to an effective OH&S management system. Explicit requirements for management of … Continue reading

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IRCA CERTIFIED COMBINED EMS & OH&SMS AUDITOR/LEAD AUDITOR BASED ON ISO 14001 & OHSAS 18001 TRAINING CLASS

COURSE OVERVIEW Combined EMS and OH&SMS Auditor/Lead Auditor course, based on ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 teaches students the principles, processes, and techniques used for the assessment of and management of: Occupational Health and Safety Hazards, Risks and Controls; and … Continue reading

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OSHA’s Top 10 Violations for 2012 Announced

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced the preliminary Top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations for fiscal year 2012. Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, presented the Top … Continue reading

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ISO Programs Support Sustainability

ISO’s current portfolio of nearly 19,000 standards provides solutions in all three dimensions of sustainable development – environmental, economic and societal. Here are some examples of achievements by the international community, represented at Rio+20, working within the ISO system. The … Continue reading

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OHSAS 18001 – Identifying Legal & Other Requirements

There are similarities between the requirements in the ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 standards. Section 4.3.2 of OHSAS 18001 – like Section 4.3.2 in ISO 14001 – requires that an organization establish a procedure to identify its applicable legal and other … Continue reading

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Does EHS Performance Affect Shareholder Value?

According to Cap Gemini Ernst & Young somewhere between 50 and 90 percent of a company’s market value is created by “intangible assets” such as environmental, health, and safety (EHS) performance.  A 2004 report from the Global Environmental Management Initiative … Continue reading

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