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What expertise will a health and safety adviser need to implement 45001?

It would be interesting to hear members thoughts on what expertise a health and safety adviser might need, in management system development, to implement 45001.

This would be in addition to being competent in health and safety. 

November 05, 2017 @ 11:59 AM EST

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would love to hear peoples thoughts on this....

@kennethsandlin what would you be looking for, in a Health and Safety Adviser, to implement and manage your ISO 45001?

November 08, 2017 @ 17:19
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Tonye Pepple's picture
Tonye Pepple

The health and safety advisor need first a basic understanding of OHSAS 18001 sets of requirements and then training on the new additional requirements that have been added to ISO 45001. In summary, Training on the new standard requirement.

March 03, 2018 @ 05:47 PM EST
Tamara Parris's picture
Tamara Parris

thank you for your share @tonyepepple on this. @jamieclementsward what are your thoughts?

March 05, 2018 @ 02:13 PM EST
Jamie Clements-Ward's picture
Jamie Clements-Ward

Yes @tonyepepple an understanding of OHSAS 18001 would be a huge advantage for a H&S adviser. They will though need to apply different skills to meet the requirements of ISO 45001. With less emphasis on providing documentation but still needing to demonstrate that the H&S management system meets the standard. We will be providing both online and classroom training to for H&S professionals in preparation for this. Register here for more information:

March 06, 2018 @ 05:39 AM EST
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Scott Gaddis

I would agree with @tonyepepple that OHSAS 18001 would indeed be a good fundamental starting point. There's nothing wrong with retaining documentation and it's still going to be a large requirement within any ISO system, but I would like to think that we begin writing documents that are more performance based within the system, versus programs that simply meet regulations, rules or procedures. With that said, we've been long overdue for a system that requires us to understand how our safety systems work in approach.

March 07, 2018 @ 04:54 PM EST
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Tamara Parris

It will be to the company's advantage to leverage various tools to keep their teams communication clear and everyone's efforts documented.

Leadership commitment has a large pull in the new standard. I know people were asking for examples during our discussion @jamieclementsward .

Here is one I thought of to share out.
Step one: Ask your management team to take time to step out of their own environment to make more face-to-face time with those doing the tactical work.

Ask them to speak to 3 -4 different people each visit. Have your team share back the ideas and suggestion from the new people during the start of a management meeting.

Next steps: take the findings and share out a monthly employee blog about their visits to your work site with the suggestions people shared included. Encourage others to join in the discussion and share their ideas.

A great place to do this is here in you company profile area of the EHSQ Community in the company "Posts" tab.

March 06, 2018 @ 09:54 AM EST
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Jamie Clements-Ward

Yes Tamara, leadership needs to be a driving force to establish and embed the guiding principles of ISO 45001 within the culture of a business. Previous accident reports have shown that complacency of management regarding safety practices is cited as a major cause in the failure to foresee the potential for disaster.

How can this be done?
Leaders should set a clear, defined pathway from incidents to report to recommendation to implementation in order to establish a chain of responsibility such that at all levels can be clear about role accountability for health and safety.

March 08, 2018 @ 02:55 PM EST