The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has approved a new standard: ISO 45001.
The U.S. Department of Labor has released details of the 2019 fiscal year budget. Up 9.3% from FY 2018, this year’s budget request totals $10.9 billion.
Back in December, EHS Insight issued a report on OSHA’s new health and safety rule pertaining to the electronic data reporting system. The rule outlined requirements for employers to submit their injury and illness data into the Injury Tracking Application (ITA) system over the internet.
The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) regulations are the most comprehensive overhaul of the FDA food safety regulations in over 70 years. They were approved in 2011, and the effective dates began in 2015, as the rules were finalized and published.
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 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.
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.