EHS Roundup – November 2017
Government regulation may no longer be the driving force for the occupational health and safety practice. Many organizations are moving instead to a management systems approach as a better way to manage overall organizational risk and achieve a measure of corporate social responsibility. This article lists the advantages of ISO 45001 over existing standards. Read more
In this post, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) provides an update on ISO 45001. ISO will publish the final draft international standard (FDIS) of ISO 45001 on November 27. This is the final draft of the international standard on occupational health and safety management systems. It will be reviewed and voted on by ISO PC-283 and ISO member countries. It is expected that the standard will be approved with publication anticipated in the first half of 2018. Read more
The new ISO 14001 standard brings significant changes that will require considerable time to implement. Due to the timing, the strategy should focus on implementing the EMS to address the greatest “gaps” and developing the “hard proof” of its effectiveness within your organization. While it’s not too late to start with an ISO 14001:2015 installation, there should be little delay. The deadline for recertification of your ISO 14001 EMS is September 15, 2018. Read more
Explore this data visualization tool from EU-OSHA to learn more about the cost to society of work-related injuries and illnesses, and other useful statistics on workplace injuries and illnesses around the world. Explore tool
In this Q&A post, David Metcalfe, CEO and founding director at Verdantix, offers some of the insights he shared during a plenary session at SPF Americas 2017 on digital transformation, and what it means for EHS management and EHS practitioners. Read more
To simplify data collection and hazard characterization, employers whose workplaces present complex chemical exposures can create hazard profiles called similar exposure groups (SEGs). All workers in an SEG are expected to experience approximately the same level of risk from work-related chemical exposures. This enables industrial hygienists to design monitoring programs that enhance safety while offering the best possible return on investment. Read more
This document from OSHA highlights areas of the Process Safety Management standard where the agency issued the most citations during the Petroleum Refinery Process Safety Management National Emphasis Program (NEP). The report contains recommendations and descriptions of mandatory safety and health standards. The recommendations are advisory in nature, informational in content, and are intended to help companies improve workplace safety and health. Read more
Offices, retail workplaces, service centers and data centers are often seen as “low-risk” areas of operations compared to industrial/manufacturing sites. Companies tend to focus their time and budgets on their greatest risks, but be careful not to forget about your “low-risk” sites. Offices should be as much a part of your EHS efforts as factories, according to this blog post by Enhesa. Read more
Drones are increasingly used for military, recreational, public, and commercial purposes. Drones also have the potential to prevent injury and death in the construction industry. Advancements in drone technology could help reduce construction-related injury and death from falls, toxic chemical exposures, electrical hazards, or traumatic injury from vehicle and equipment collisions. Read more
With deregulation at the U.S. federal level, EHS managers and practitioners are expecting to see less federal regulations, but regulatory complexity has not eased. This post provides four reasons why EHS managers should remain highly vigilant regarding regulatory compliance, despite federal deregulation. Read more
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