EHS Management Systems Consultants
The implementation of an effective management system supports an organisation in ensuring a structured and consistent approach to reviewing and mitigating EHS risks.
An operational EHS Management System can also be hugely beneficial to employee health, wellbeing and productivity.
A certified EHS management system can also help a business in securing future work for clients who demand certfied EHS services via their supply chain.
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A management system is a framework of policies, processes and procedures used by an organisation to ensure that it can fulfill all the tasks required to achieve its objectives, and are designed to improve performance in one aspect of the organisation that benefits the whole. With respect to EHS, these are often certified to international standards, such as ISO14001, 450001 and OHSAS 18001, but other best practice management models such as the HSE's HSG65 still exist.
We provide clause-by-clause gap analysis assessments of the most frequently requested management system models. This independent assessment allows for a review of compliance concerns, identifies opportunities for improvement and provides a route map for management system development.
Management systems, irrespective of topic or certification, are usually based on the Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) model.
We work with our clients to design and implement systems specific to their business operations (activities, products and services) and stakeholder requirements. Systems are designed to efficiently interface with a business and its operational systems. We have expertise in developing management systems in accordance with ISO14001 and OHSAS 18001 standards. Once the system is developed and implemented we can provide ongoing maintenance support to address all key EHS risks and opportunities and to ensure continual improvement is achieved.
We have followed the progress of the new HS standard, ISO45001 through its development and have prepared toolkits to aid clients transition from existing HSMS or to implement from new.
Control measures are actions that can be taken to reduce the potential of exposure to the hazard. As a result of a risk assessment, the control measures are selected following the hierarchy of controls, where elimination is preferred, down to personal protective equipment as the last resort. Other control measures include administrative provisions such as standard operating procedures, safe working practices and appropriate training, instruction and information.
We work with clients through the risk assessment process to assist them with the implementation of risk control measures, including the development and implementation of policies, procedures, and training.
Employee engagement is the degree to which an employee's positive or negative emotional response about their job, colleagues and organization influence their willingness to learn and perform at work. Attitudes and behaviours shown by the business leaders can hugely impact engagement, both positively and negatively.
We have experience in working with organisational leadership teams, supporting them in understanding the legal framework for EHS responsibilities, the need for commitment and appropriate resources and the consequences of not having a robust EHS program in place. We can also assist with designing an accountability structure for EHS throughout an organisation.
Where an organisation has implemented a management system that meets the requirements of the recognised International Standards, such as ISO14001, ISO45001 and OHSAS 18001, the final stage to achieve credit for their efforts is to seek certification.
In addition to the gap analysis assessment and developing the management system, we provide support through the certification process to demonstrate to the auditors that the management system is embedded, robust and functioning. This support includes assisting clients to select a certifying body, pre-audit preparation and training for certification audits, and remote / on-site support during the multiple stages of a certification audit.
The HSE define the safety culture of an organisation as the 'product of individual and group values, attitudes, perceptions, competencies, and patterns of behaviour that determine the commitment to health and safety '. More easily understood as 'the way things are done here', safety culture has as much of an impact on safety performance as the safety management system.
Key parameters in assessing a safety culture include Commitment (levels of motivation, concern, and resources); Visibility (leadership by example); Communications (HS conversation at all levels and resulting positive action); and, Participation (ownership of safety at all levels).
We conduct climate surveys that involve interviewing a suitable cross-section of the company, to take account of differing views and experience to provide a helpful picture of the overall style of the company.