Environment, Health & Safety (EHS) is an umbrella term for the laws, rules, guidance and processes designed to help protect employees, the public and the environment from harm.
Concern for occupational health & safety have been around for many years, but the idea of companies engaging in Occupational Health & Safety Management started with a BSI standard in 1999. This compiled many of the best existing standards as a way for companies to improve their occupational health & safety performance. An Occupational Health & Safety Management System (OH&SMS) is all of the policies, processes and procedures that a company puts in place to enhance occupational health & safety for employees, fulfil compliance obligations and achieve OH&S objectives
Quality management has been around since the early 1920s when experts started to find better ways to improve the quality control of production processes. Quality management is founded on eight principles; customer focus, leadership, involving people, process approach, system approach to management, continual improvement, factual decision making and beneficial relationships. A Quality Management System (QMS) is all of the policies, processes and procedures that a company puts in place to control the conformity of its products and services to the requirements and to enhance customer satisfaction.
Why EHS is a struggle with standard technology?
- Data and information relevant to EHS Risks and Opportunities are scattered across too many places to allow proper assessment and planning
- The current choices fall between using either a simple database like spreadsheets (with its limitations) or complicated and expensive Risk Management systems which are complex and hard to use
- There is a large financial expense for the available Risk Management systems, and maintenance is difficult and results in further costs. Many unnecessary features for EHS risk management also makes these systems complicated to use
- The alternative to expensive Risk Management Solutions is an excel spreadsheet which is outdated and dangerous. Spreadsheets have:
- Limited control over changes
- Limited error checking when a change is made
- No versioning
- Limited reporting
- Control of updating needs to be process-driven rather than tool-driven
Who is involved?
|Risk Management to support OH&S Management is intended for (but not limited to) those who are involved in:||EXCO, risk executives|
|Individuals with Occupational Health & Safety Management & operational responsibilities||Individuals with resource management, security, risk management, and oversight responsibilities|
|Health & Safety Manager, Health & Safety committees, mission/business owner||Authorising officials, CIOs, IT Directors, IT Managers|
|Any company with employees||Individuals with development responsibilities|
|Individuals responsible for conducting business critical functions||System designers, developers, integrators|
|Business owners, information owners, authorising officials||Individuals with monitoring responsibilities|
|Individuals with oversight responsibilities in risk management||Auditors, inspectors, assessors, analysts|
ISO 45001, 14001
Maintenance of risk plans a new concept to many OH&SMS users
Currently, the International Organization for Standardisation is updating the standard to control Health & Safety Management, OHSAS 18001, and will be releasing ISO 45001 in 2016. This update will try to bring a more standardised approach on how companies perform Health & Safety Management activities and clarify that the requirements for OH&S risks and hazards are really an assessment and evaluation of risks and opportunities.
With this change, many companies will need to understand how the assessment and evaluation of risks fit into their business to maintain a world-class OH&S management system. Many will also realise that if they have done the evaluation and made plans to deal with potential incidents, they will need to find some way to maintain these plans and keep them updated if they are to be used when an incident occurs.
Maintenance of risk plans a new concept to many EMS users
In 2015 the International Organization for Standardisation updated their standard for controlling Environmental Management, ISO 14001. This update will try to bring a more standardised approach to how companies perform Environmental Management activities and clarify that the requirements for environmental aspects and impacts are really an assessment and evaluation of risks and opportunities.
With this change, many companies will need to understand how the assessment and evaluation of risks fit into their business to maintain a world-class environmental management system. Many will also realise that if they have done the evaluation and made plans to deal with potential incidents, they will need to find some way to maintain these plans and keep them updated if they are to be used when an incident occurs.
EHS and BCMS
BCMfort allows your organisation to gain control EHS risk and controls by documenting & maintaining your Business Impact Assessment (Products & Services, Processes, Resources), understanding your Risks and manage its Controls. Be able to react to an incident promptly, with BCPs and Event Management.