Category: Standard Development

Integrated Management Systems – R2 Practices

 

It is clear that integrated management systems represent the future.

This is evident from directives coming from the ISO Technical Management Board (TMB) that require the ISO technical committees to use a standardized structure and definitions for all ISO management system standards.  (Click here to read more about this MSS initiative.)

It is also evident in non-ISO management system standards – such as the Responsible Recycling (R2) Practices standard. 

The R2 Practices is a certification standard developed to help address the improper handling of electronics waste (E-waste).  This “E-Waste Problem” being the health and environmental impacts that result from the improper handling of E-waste – particularly in developing countries.  The R2 Practices standard is made up of 13 Practices that include quality, environmental and OH&S management system requirements – as well as mandatory supply chain management and a demonstration of financial responsibility.

Next Monday, February 27, 2012, I am giving a presentation about this standard at the ISO 9000 Conference in Orlando Florida.  My presentation is entitled Responsible Recycling:  Using Integrated Management Systems for Handling Electronics Waste.  This presentation is part of a conference track entitled Making Integrated Management Systems Work.

In order to provide additional information to conference attendees (there being only so much one can include in a 35 minute presentation), I have launched a new website.  This website focuses specifically on understanding the R2 Practices and implementing the management system processes necessary in order to become certified. 

Interested in how to use a management system to improve management of electronics waste?

Go to www.R2expert.com to learn more.

p.s. – My presentation isn’t just for “recyclers.”  It outlines five steps that any organization can take to better manage its used electronics.

February 23, 2012 | 0 Comments More

ANSI Z10, OHSAS 18001 & Sustainability

This week, in addition to attending the AIHCE in Portland, I will be participating in a meeting of the ANSI Z10 Committee.  We will be discussing the revision of Z10 that was undertaken last year and is scheduled to be completed later this year (Fall 2011).

ANSI Z10:2005 is the American National Standard for Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems.  As such, it is part of a large family of standards addressing this topic.  The dominate sibling in this family is, of course, OHSAS 18001:2007.  According to the 2009 Standards and Certificates Survey conducted by the OSHAS Project Group, over 50,000 organizations have obtained certification to OHSAS 18001.

The goal of this revision of Z10 is to continue to provide guidance helpful to organizations in the United States that want to implement an OH&S management system.  Another use of Z10 is as a reference document for OSHA’s initiative for development of a standard requiring that employers establish an Injury and Illness Prevention Program (I2P2 Initiative).  Finally, there is a desire to ensure that Z10 continues to have relevance to OH&S in the future.

One of the interesting inputs impacting this revision of Z10 is the increasing focus on sustainability initiatives and corporate sustainability reporting.  Many OH&S professionals have expressed concern about the lack of attention given to worker safety within the sustainability movement.  One of the initiatives ASSE and AIHA are working on together is the development of appropriate metrics for measuring OH&S performance for the next revision of the GRI sustainability reporting guidelines. 

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May 17, 2011 | 0 Comments More

Audit Objectives

In last week’s post, I discussed the two types of sustainability audits required by OHSAS 18001.  In this week’s post, I am going to focus on the objectives necessary for an effective OHSMS internal audit program.

Just as there are different types of sustainability audits, there are different types of objectives required for management system audits.  Importantly, an organization needs both audit program objectives and specific objectives to guide the conduct of each individual audit.  Although the audit program objectives and individual audit objectives are related, they are not necessarily identical.

It is important to remember that an audit and an audit program are not the same thing.  An audit is a “systematic, independent and documented process for obtaining audit evidence and evaluating it objectively to determine the extent to which audit criteria are fulfilled”.  An audit program is “set of one or more audits planned for a specific time frame and directed toward a specific purpose”.  (Definitions from ISO 19011:2002)

OHSAS 18001 requires that an audit program be established. 

An audit program involves more than just doing audits every once and a while.  It requires audit planning and it requires the creation of audit procedures.  As set out in the note to the definition in ISO 19011 –  an audit program includes “all activities necessary for planning, organizing and conducting the audits”.

May 10, 2011 | 0 Comments More

High Level Structure for MS Standards

An initiative has been underway within ISO that is likely to have a significant long-term impact on all management systems within an organization – including occupational health and safety management systems.

This is the development of a document that sets out a common High Level Structure and core definitions to be used in all ISO management system standards.  This document was developed by an ISO Joint Technical Coordination Group (JTCG) tasked by the ISO Technical Management Board (TMB).  It was published as JTCG N44 in December 2010.

January 14, 2011 | 1 Comment More

AIAG and OHSAS 18001

Apparently the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) issued a position statement in March 2009 stating that although they support the integration of health and safety programs into existing management systems, they will not “specifically mandate OHSAS 18001 certification.”  A recent blog post asked “Is it politics once again?”

According to the AIAG statement they firmly believe that “the use of formal management systems are necessary for effective management of health safety and environmental programs.” 

AIAG’s concern appears to be that the OHSAS 18001 standard was developed by an independent group – the OHSAS Project Group chaired by BSI – rather than ISO. 

This is where the “politics” comes in.  Despite intensive lobbying by the OHSAS Project Group, ISO appears unwilling to develop an OHS management system standard. 

Why? 

 The International Labor Organization (ILO) has raised objections and several member countries – including the U.S. – have consistently voted against it.  An OHSMS standard seems to be the exception to the rule that any proposed ISO standard-setting activity is guaranteed to be approved.

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