Fit for Duty

As we have indicated previously, it is smart practice to include a “Fit for Duty” aspect in many occupational health and safety management systems.  So what is Fit for Duty? It basically revolves around assurance and verification that an employee or employees are physically and intellectually capable of performing their job tasks effectively and with no harm to themselves due to strain, over...

OSHA 300 Logs

OSHA 300 Logs


As Federal OSHA notes, “Many employers with more than 10 employees are required to keep a record of serious work-related injuries and illnesses. (Certain low-risk industries are exempted.) Minor injuries requiring first aid only do not need to be recorded”. The log allows two things, really: 1) compliance with OSHA – and making information...

ISO 45001 vs OHSAS 18001

ISO (International Standards Organization), a non-governmental international organization, has developed ISO 45001, a new international standard for an occupational health and safety management system (OHSMS). The standard sets forth requirements that provide a framework to improve employee safety, reduce workplace risks and create better, safer working conditions all over the world. The new standard...

Fire Safety

Implement an effective fire safety plan at your facility. Ensure that fire safety equipment such as fire extinguishers, detectors and alarm systems meet local fire code and are inspected as required. Train employees on fire safety for aspects such as storage of combustible and/or flammable materials, fire extinguisher use and emergency evacuation. Document equipment inspections, and employee training.

Some Thoughts About EHS Management Systems

Fairly often, we get called in to inspect an environmental health and safety management system because there is concern that it is not functioning at a reliable confidence level. Some times that call comes with urgency as a company is facing regulatory scrutiny due to lapses. And other times we are asked to conduct an audit that then reveals EHS management system deficiencies and/or defects. Frankly,...

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