ISO 45001 which supersedes OHSAS 18001 makes integration with other management systems simpler than ever before; because it shares the new common structure defined by Annex SL.This is a structure created by ISO to provide organisations with the right information needed to comply with more than one management system standard.
Fire is the most devastating hazard for factories and warehouses. Cuts to fire services in the UK have led to extended response times and, when they arrive, firefighters are tasked with preservation of life, not property, and the effects of fire and smoke on buildings, machinery and stock can be compounded by water damage from fire hoses. These risks plus a variety of combustible materials on many sites show that a thorough fire risk assessment, updated regularly, its controls carefully maintained, is a necessity to safeguard businesses.
At the start of the day, Mark Gallagher, founder and chief executive of Performance Insights, explained how the death of sporting icon Ayrton Senna at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix triggered a reappraisal of safety in Formula 1 motor racing, the lessons from which have been cascaded through motor sport and its supply chain. But Gallagher warned that the 20 years without a fatality in Formula 1 which those lessons made possible, ended with the death of Jules Bianchi in 2015.
Kicking off the day at the macro level, Bernd Treichel of the International Social Security Association (ISSA) gave several hundred delegates a brief update on the Vision Zero global campaign his UN agency launched at the World Safety Congress in Singapore last year (http://visionzero.global). The initiative now has 2,000 organisations signed up, he said, and is still looking for more employers to sign up “with no strings attached” to its principles of accident prevention and enhanced training.
After previous workplace deaths workers have sometimes downed tools, particularly if the incident takes place in their work area. However, construction union Unite has agreed that if the joint venture partner applies the “continue to work” policy properly and sensitively and does not put anyone else in danger on the site, its members will comply. According to the Construction Enquirer, Unite’s members working on the site were encouraged to agree the deal in August to protect payouts to the family of any worker who dies on the project.
Headed by the CIWM’s health, safety and wellbeing special interest group (SIG), the “This time it’s personal” campaign aims to help members of the waste sector’s professional body improve workplace standards by challenging colleagues’ behaviour and recognising common human factors.Designed to instill greater individual responsibility for OSH, the campaign also aims to encourage operatives to consider their responsibilities for wellbeing, use of personal protective equipment, traffic safety, and plant and equipment use.
Both men, known only as 1A and 1B as their identities are protected by an anonymity order, deny failing to take reasonable care for the safety and health of those who took part in the march. On 13 July 2013 Corporal James Dunsby and Lance Corporals Edward Maher and Craig Roberts were on a training march trying out for places in the SAS reserve. The part-time reservists had few opportunities to refill their water bottles and, as the temperature rose to 27°C, they fell ill and collapsed.
Starting in early 2019, the HASANZ scholarships will be awarded annually to people already working in safety and health who want to undertake higher-level qualifications, and to graduates who want to pursue careers in health and safety.A joint survey carried out in 2017 by HASANZ and PricewaterhouseCoopers New Zealand found that demand for qualified OSH advisers outstrips supply in many areas, and that the country’s OSH workforce is ageing. The survey results indicated that more than 50% of OSH professionals are over 50 years of age and nearing retirement.
Airbus has recently introduced an innovative strategic project to harmonise EHS management by implementing a global digital platform, called FISH (Federated Information for Safety and Health). FISH will leverage Cority’s comprehensive solution across its 180 global locations – replacing existing point solutions. Spearheaded by Gregory Mould, Airbus Head of Health and Safety, this is a wide-reaching initiative to support all levels of the organization and prepare Airbus for the digital revolution in EHS risk management.