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

 

 


Audits & Inspections – are you doing them for the right reasons?

April 16, 2013

As a software provider we are often asked to suggest different templates for helping clients to manage audits and inspections. The benefits of Quality, Environmental, Health and Safety (QEHS) software tools are that it makes managing all audits and inspections a much easier task. However we want to help clients ensure that they are doing the right type of audits and inspections.

One fundamental question that must be answered is: ‘Why are we doing these audits and inspections?’

The answer is that these activities are a very important control method for managing hazards and risks. And each organisation will have different hazards and risks depending on the nature of their activities. Logically then each organisation would need to have different templates for audits and inspections, but the truth is not so bad.

Management systems have been developed to standardise the way that organisations manage risk. A good audit will then look at each of the elements of the management system and ensure that each part is working as required e.g., training, reviews, documentation etc.

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Inspections on the other hand will focus on more specific aspects such as housekeeping or other important controls that need to be kept in order. They are a compliance check. They need to verify that the standards established set by the organisation are being achieved. Of course, if no standards have been set e.g., for housekeeping etc, then of course it’s very hard to say what level of compliance was achieved.

Assuming that you have a robust system in place for identifying hazards and their related controls (please refer to Ask About Risk’s Health & Safety Wiki for a free helpfile for this) then a good reference source would be a publication from the American Chemical Society called Safety Audit / Inspection Manual.

We would be delighted to promote similar reference sources if they become known to us.

If you would like a tool to help you conduct audits & inspections as well as risk assessments, then please visit our website or send an email to info@ehasoft.com.


Standards for Vibration Risk Assessments

April 26, 2009

Occupational hygiene covers all aspects of identification, evaluation and control of workplace health hazards. Vibration is one of these hazards. I wonder how companies are coping with these types of risk assessment. To be more specific, at what stage does measurement replace risk assessment and the use of manufacturer’s data and HSE points etc. At what point should a risk assessment highlight the necessity for measurement? Does the HSA offer any guidelines on this ? The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work(General Application) Regulations 2007,Chapter 2 of Part 5:Control of Vibration at Work states that “If the information is not available, if it is questionable or the estimated exposure looks like it might be above the exposure limit value, consideration should be given to undertaking exposure measurements”. I often find that this information is not available or difficult to obtain. Wondering if anyone had any thoughts ?


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