The Ontario Ministry of Labour has decided to make some significant changes this year. They plan to enhance the protection for workers in a very specific way: Increasing the maximum fines for workplaces that do not meet the established safety and health standards. This change will affect individuals and businesses.
The number of federal OSHA inspectors has dropped. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s total federal inspection force fell below 1,000 in early October. There are now 116 fewer staff than there were in December of 2016 for the federal OSHA department.
The 2010 disaster of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig was the largest accidental oil spill in U.S. history. The event claimed the lives of 11 workers and released more than 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.
The trucking industry has been under careful watch in recent years. With high numbers of deaths and accidents on the road, regulators felt it was time to take action.
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 February 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.
The hallmark of any worthy company is their commitment to its people, and that commitment is reflected in the company’s certifications. One or more certifications can differentiate a good company from a great one, which could be a determining factor on whether others want to do business with you. One certification that many companies would do well to invest in is ISO 14001.
While documenting every incident and hazard that occurs in your organization can be time-consuming and complicated, recording these events can be your most effective solution for EHS improvement.
Organizations already know what they excel at, but achieving certifications like ISO 9001 demonstrates those unique qualities to others. It isn’t always enough to tout your company as the best in the industry. Your customers want proof that they’re doing business with a reputable organization who takes pride in their products and services.
As technology improves, and conveniences like automation become increasingly in demand, machines are no doubt leading the way to our future in industry. But the human element is still very much alive in the machine-dominant landscape, and it’s everyone’s responsibility to maintain safety to ensure the jobs of both man and machine can be accomplished without incident.
You’ve identified the need for EHS software, performed your research, and decided on a solution. Now you need to show your stakeholders that your software selection warrants the monetary investment. And for many EHS departments, convincing your superiors to sign the check isn’t always simple.