EHS Whitepapers

Company Directors

What you need to know about Occupational Health & Safety

There would be an expectation that all organisations are run on a foundation of good corporate governance. That means being transparent, ethical, accountable and operating with honesty and good moral values; compliance with the law is a significant component of that good governance effort.

This may seem like an obvious statement but the record shows that even large organisations can get caught out by workplace accidents, when noncompliance with the law results in someone getting hurt or something getting damaged.

In this whitepaper, Andy Tilleard gives a brief overview of the main OHS legislation that is the starting point to understanding what business owner’s obligations are in Ireland.

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Accident Investigation

The basic principles and when investigations disagree

The accident investigation process can be a very useful risk control measure if used effectively and followed through to completion.

Any investigation report created may be the best report ever written but if the post-accident follow up to corrective and preventative actions is not there or an organisation fails to learn from them in a wider context, the report becomes just a record of an event rather than a continual improvement driver.

In this whitepaper, Andy Tilleard gives an overview of the basic principles of accident investigation and relays some cautionary tales of cases where investigations disagree.

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Migrating to ISO 45001

What you need to know

Organisations have adopted management system standards of various types for many years now and it would be fair to say that the majority have been focused upon what we could call, the ‘3 sister’ management system standards, that of occupational health and safety, environment and quality.

Environmental and quality management have been within the remit of ISO (International Standards Organisation) in recent times whereas occupational health and safety management system models existed outside of ISO such as the ILO-OHS 2001 model or BS 8800. Although these OHS standards provide a framework for developing and implementing a management system, they were not specifically designed to be audited and certifiable and also not specifically developed to seamlessly integrate with other management systems.

ISO 45001 continues the strong tradition of developing occupational health and safety management systems to manage risk and reduce workplace illness and injuries but it is a step change from the philosophy of the OHSAS model in that it follows a new standard format and has been designed with compatibility with other standards in mind. It also has some subtle but important differences such as changes in terminology and in approach, focusing on structures to prevent undesirable events including more of a focus on safety culture and leadership, which were generally absent from OHSAS 18001.

The change to ISO 45001 to manage OHS risk is an important development and the fact that it has taken so long to come into the public domain can be read that the many stakeholders involved in its review and approval process have also recognised its importance and its potential influence into the future.

For organisations looking to transition between the old and the new, it is an exciting challenge but once it has been established in industry we can truly look forward to real integrated management systems with ISO 45001 at their core.

It is goodbye to an old friend who has helped many organisations to improve their safety performance and welcome to a new ISO ‘kid on the block’ who will hopefully take us further into the future, hand in hand with the expanding ISO family of standards.

In this whitepaper, Andy Tilleard discusses the development of the new ISO 45001 standard, the changes from OHSAS 18001 to the ISO 45001 and mapping between the two frameworks.

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Migrating to ISO 45001 Whitepaper

RMS Titanic

The accident, the investigation & comparing to EHS standards of today

In this whitepaper, Paul Tierney EHS Director at EazySAFE, reviews EHS practices at the White Star Shipping Line. The company who, in April 1912, had one of the most serious accidents ever recorded or written about, with a loss of 1,523 lives. This paper outlines the events surrounding the sinking of the RMS Titanic and an abbreviated version of the subsequent accident investigation undertaken in the US and the UK.

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RMS Titanic Whitepaper by Paul Tierney

The Importance of Work Instructions and Procedures

Procedures and protocols are a crucial focal point for both management and workers; to understand what the organisations minimum management expectations are and to provide instruction and guidance for work tasks for day-to-day operations, non-standard tasks and for emergency situations.

In this whitepaper, Andy Tilleard explains the significance of procedures as a safety control that should not be overlooked and illustrates the development of corporate procedures, protocols and activity level procedures.

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The Importance of Work Instructions and procedures - Whitepaper by Andy Tilleard

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