Want a handbook for implementing a health and safety management system (OHSAS18001)?

June 12, 2015

Dr Dan Gallagher recently released an Ebook on entitled “Health and Safety Management System Implementation- A Practitioners Guide and Approach“. This book provides the necessary tools and know how to implement an effective health and safety management system. Numerous templates and practical examples are provided, and a step by step approach is outlined to make the process as easy as possible. The book was just reviewed in the Health and Safety Review, a leading journal for health, safety and environmental practitioners, legal experts and business owners.

Please click on the following link to see the review article:  HSR June 2015 Article HSS

For more information about the author please visit and LinkIn via https://www.linkedin.com/pub/dan-gallagher/1/20b/71a



mai Compliance Software – Products OverView

August 26, 2014

EHA Soft Solutions developed the Saudi Aramco Suppliers Safety Management System Manual

June 6, 2014

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We developed the Saudi Aramco Suppliers Safety Management System Manual (SSMS) and now we have software tools which makes life easy for organisations who need to comply with these requirements.

The SSMS was designed to help companies develop a system that complies with the Saudi Aramco requirements as well as the International Management System Standard OHSAS18001. The Manual is different in that it not only explains what you need to do to implement a management system, but explicitly describes the steps you need to follow for achieving compliance.

Rather than using paper based system or rely on Excel and Outlook to improve safety, we can provide an out-of-the box solution that will meet all of your compliance requirements. The mai™ management system software tools make compliance with the requirements of Saudi Aramco SSMS a much easier task, and can save your organisation a lot of time and money, as well as significantly reducing the effort involved in getting OHSAS18001 certified.

Some feedback we received from a course we deliver for the SSMS and mai™ management system software:

“The course was fantastic. It made me understand how important a
good risk assessment is in order to have a good safety system”
 Ashraf S. Youssef, Ph.D
 Electronics & Electrical Industries Corporation
Dr Dan mentioned at the launch of the SSMS that risk assessment was the cornerstone of the whole system. After the training course, this is now very apparent. We can’t manage safety without an effective risk assessment process”
 Eng. Kamal Kayed Al-Hourani

Visit our Website or contact us today by phone + (1) 312 646-3741  or +353 21 4536034 or e-mail info@ehasoft.com to find out more, or to reserve a place on one of our regular webinars.

EHA Soft Solutions CEO Dr. Dan Gallagher talking on the conference in Saudi Arabia

Influenza levels in Ireland Week 9 2014

March 8, 2014

Update by Dr J Gallagher, Employment Health Advisors (EHA):

Influenza activity remained at elevated levels in Ireland during week 9 2014, with continuing reports of confirmed influenza hospital and ICU admissions and outbreaks. Influenza A(H3) is the predominant virus circulating, and is co-circulating with influenza A(H1)pdm09. The sentinel GP influenza-like illness (ILI) consultation rate was 53.6 per 100,000 population during week 9 2014, a slight increase compared to the updated rate of 50.5 per 100,000 during week 8 2014. ILI rates remain above the Irish baseline threshold (21.0 per 100,000 population), for the fourth consecutive week. The highest age specific ILI rates during week 9 2014 were in the 5-14 year age group. Influenza positivity decreased during week 9 2014, with 118 (26.3%) influenza positive specimens reported from the National Virus Reference Laboratory (NVRL): 74 influenza A(H3), 36 influenza A(H1)pdm09 and 8 influenza A (not subtyped). Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) positivity reported from the NVRL during week 9 2014 was at low levels. Ninety-four confirmed influenza hospitalised cases were reported to HPSC during week 9 2014, bringing the total number of hospitalised cases reported this season to 285. The highest age specific rates for confirmed influenza cases admitted to hospital were in those aged less than 1 year and those aged 65 years and over. Sixteen influenza-associated deaths were reported to HPSC to date this season. Four acute respiratory outbreaks were reported to HPSC during week 9 2014 (via Ireland’s Computerised Infectious Disease Reporting System), all in residential care facilities/long stay units/community hospitals. Influenza activity remains diverse within Europe; some countries are experiencing decreasing influenza activity while others have not yet reached an epidemic peak. Influenza A(H1)pdm09 and A(H3) viruses are co-circulating in outpatient settings; however, influenza A(H1)pdm09 is predominant in hospitalised cases in Europe

Why SHEQ Professionals Should Not Rely on Excel and Word for Risk Management

May 20, 2013

In a recent survey (Adoption of Software Tools By Safety Professionals, Health and Safety Review,December 2012) we found that over a third of respondents stated that they use Word or Excel for managing risk.

While Excel and Word are powerful tools in their own right, there are inherent dangers in using spreadsheets and word document only for risk management .

As specialist software developers for the SHEQ industry for the past 11 years we have prepared what we believe are general benefits of using software such as mai™.

The following table presents a summary of the main reasons why SHEQ professionals should not rely on Excel or Word for risk management, and should consider proprietary ‘off the shelf’ solutions (‘software’) to help them manage risk better.

They are our own opinions, but we hope you find them useful.

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To Excel or Not To Excel

To Excel or Not To Excel

Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information (dan[at]ehasoft.com). We would love to hear from you.

mai™ Case Study: Ergonomic Assessments for a Multinational Pharmaceutical Client

March 5, 2013

The Challenge:

Client needed to conduct an ergonomic survey of all workstations at their facility to ensure that they complied with legislative requirements, and wanted to avoid a ‘tick box’ exercise to merely comply.

The corporate manager had a template for ergonomic assessments that she wished to ensure was up to date and could be rolled out to other sites without requiring additional resources or budget.

Our Solution:

A workstation ergonomics template was designed in the mai™ system, which can be configured to complete both simple and complex risk assessments; help files were added to explain how to answer the question.

mai Workstation Assessment

mai Workstation Assessment



Key Benefits To Client:

A training program for workstation hazards was completed by the relevant personnel. Individual users were then able to log on and create risk assessments for their workstations.

Referring to help files where necessary, users inputted their own answers resulting in enormous time savings for the client and this process helped to reinforce the knowledge acquired from the initial training. 

Depending on their answers, corrective actions were generated and managed using the Corrective and Preventative Action Module on mai™.

A report was printed for each workstation and this was reviewed with the user to ensure the correct information was captured and proposed action items were discussed as required.

Participating in the ergonomic improvement programme helped to decrease the risk of ergonomic injuries and illnesses, which should lead to decreased absenteeism and improved wellbeing.

The corporate manager is able to simply update a single template due to the way that mai™ is configured making the control of ergonomic assessment templates much easier ensuring consistency across the whole company.

The Future:

The corporate manager is now going to add a more specific template to mai™ for ergonomic assessments in the production areas which addresses the adaption of the workplace to the individual (neck flection etc).

For more information about Ergonomics please see our free health and safety Wiki: http://www.askaboutrisk.com/mediawiki/index.php?title=Ergonomics


Please visit our website for more information about mai™ QEHS compliance software.

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