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ISO 45001: Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems

Posted by Sjoerd van der Hoorn on November 1, 2017 at 1:33 PM

ISO 45001 will enter the Approval Stage in November 2017 after several years of reviews and enhancements to the proposal. After an initial set back due to enormous interest and involvement by ISO member countries, the expected publication date is now set at March 2018. The ISO 45001 standard regarding Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems - Requirements will serve as an add-on to existing standards such as ISO 14001 and ISO 9001. It takes various national and international labor standards into account.

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Topics: Performance Improvement, Industry Insights, Workplace Health and Safety, Compliance

The Olympics, regulations and safety

Posted by Sjoerd van der Hoorn on August 12, 2016 at 12:10 PM

If you have watched the Olympics, you probably noticed the lifeguards around the pools. In a setting where Olympians swim, you may be asking yourself: "Why the need for lifeguards?" 

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Topics: Trends, In the News, Compliance

Risk Assessments: What Are They Good For? Absolutely Everything!

Posted by Sjoerd van der Hoorn on July 28, 2016 at 7:59 AM

Many dictionaries define safety as “the state of being safe.” This makes it sound like safety is just a concept that cannot be influenced or controlled. It also makes one think that safety is static – as if you don’t have to do anything in order to be safe.

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Topics: Risk Management, EHS Software, Workplace Health and Safety, Safety Tips, Safety Shares

Safety Observations in the Workplace

Posted by Sjoerd van der Hoorn on May 26, 2016 at 11:26 AM

Some of you may have read the EU case study that I shared among a LinkedIn Group I participate in. The publication features a Finnish construction company and its road to implementing a thorough safety culture through safety observation cards.

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Topics: Workplace Health and Safety, Safety Tips

Is Your EHS Data Secure?

Posted by Sjoerd van der Hoorn on April 28, 2016 at 6:50 AM

It may not sound surprising, but software like EHS Insight contains a great deal of personal data. Banks, credit card unions and other financial institutions also recognize this and have implemented safer Internet practices for their sites. This includes Transport Layer Security (TLS) and strong cyphers. Whenever you see ‘https’ and a green lock in your search browser, rest assured your data is safe.

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Topics: EHS Software, Safety Software

How to safely land a rocket on a floating drone

Posted by Sjoerd van der Hoorn on April 11, 2016 at 10:50 AM

Space technologies are booming again. Several private enterprises keep making the news with reports that they've hit yet another milestone. The latest development comes from Elon Musk's SpaceX.

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Topics: Trends

8 Enterprise Risk Management Hacks to Help You Make Better Business Decisions

Posted by Sjoerd van der Hoorn on April 8, 2016 at 11:39 AM

With enterprise risk management (ERM), business decisions are approached with regards to the risk they oppose. Opportunities are rated against their most likely outcome, and threats are mitigated based on their potential impact. ERM strategies can be applied to critical parts of your operations, or to the company as a whole.

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Topics: Risk Management, Compliance, Job Safety Analysis, Risk Management Software

Health and Safety Regulations in the Netherlands

Posted by Sjoerd van der Hoorn on February 18, 2016 at 11:25 AM

Due to EU regulations established in 1994, each country part of the union is required to incorporate laws that allows a national authority to oversee health and safety for its workers. It is mandatory for this authority or institution to consider the point of view of social partners in order to come to national legislation and practice. Each member state may implement EU-OSHA regulations as long as it is managed by government bodies and representatives from worker and employer organizations.

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Topics: Regulatory Information, Workplace Health and Safety, Compliance

The 3 Types of Action Management

Posted by Sjoerd van der Hoorn on January 22, 2016 at 10:31 AM

You may have worked with Microsoft Outlook or other software to schedule your daily, weekly, and monthly tasks. When you're out of the office, you might ask a colleague to take care of pending tasks, or work through your vacation time to get them done. Now, with automated systems, you can help your organization become more efficient, giving you the ability to streamline all aspects of your incident management program.  

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Topics: EHS Software, Incident Reporting Software

Training Management 101

Posted by Sjoerd van der Hoorn on January 11, 2016 at 10:19 AM

Many businesses recognize the true value of training and the influence it has on their bottom line. You must keep in mind that training is much more than just attending a course and getting certified. It also means that your employees bring back the competencies that they’ve learned in order to implement them in daily job tasks. 

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Topics: Training Management

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