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August 23, 2018

Human resources issues – Part 1

One of the ISO’s aims in mandating that all ISO management system Standards conformed to the 10 clause structure set out in Annex SL Appendix 3 was to make the integration of management systems easier. Having worked on a number of integrated management system involving ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015 and ISO 45001:2018 I know that this has worked. I have…
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May 10, 2018

Audit – Best Practice

In June last year I wrote about the two main types of audit used by health and safety professionals, that is, management system audits and risk based audits. The publication of ISO 45001 earlier this year has prompted me to have another look at management system auditing in the light of this new Standard. My main gripe in this earlier…
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DocumentationGeneral Health and Safety
February 1, 2018

ISO 45001 Final Draft International Standard

In the first quarter of 2016 I wrote a series of blogs  setting out my views on various aspects of the Draft International Standard of ISO 45001. Since then a second Draft International Standard has been published and this made a large number of changes, However, the second Draft International Standard was replaced by a Final Draft International Standard late in…
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March 31, 2016

ISO DIS 45001 – Incident, nonconformity and corrective action

This post deals with the problems associated with incidents, nonconformities and corrective action in the ISO Draft International Standard (DIS) 45001.  The post begins with problems associated with the relevant definitions and then discusses the clauses in the ISO 45001 DIS in which incidents, nonconformities or corrective action appear. Definition The definition of an incident is: occurrence(s) arising out of…
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DocumentationGeneral Health and Safety
March 3, 2016

ISO DIS 45001 – Intended outcome

This post deals with the undefined term intended outcome which is used at various points in the ISO 45001 Draft International Standard (DIS).  The post describes The possible meaning of intended outcome. Occurrences of intended outcome in the order in which they appear in the Standard and the implications of each occurrence. How intended outcomes are dealt with in ISO…
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DocumentationGeneral Health and Safety
February 25, 2016

ISO DIS 45001 – Risks and opportunities

This post deals with the use of risks and opportunities in the ISO 45001 Draft International Standard (DIS).  It is in four sections: 1)The definition of the various terms used for risks and opportunities. 2)The use of terms throughout the Standard. 3)The various risk and opportunity processes. 4)The implications of the definitions and use. Definitions The following definitions are used…
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DocumentationGeneral Health and Safety
February 18, 2016

ISO 45001 – Draft International Standard – introduction

This post is the start of a new blog series, by Doctor Tony Boyle,on the Draft International Standard (DIS) version of ISO 45001 which has recently been made available for comment. You can access the DIS here. I have read the 45001 DIS carefully and my overall view is that it is a major improvement on the previous version - the…
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DocumentationGeneral Health and Safety
February 11, 2016

Fees for Intervention: Part 7

Might workplace standards improve with FFI?  And does it make HSE’s role more challenging?  Does FFI incentivise dutyholders to improve their safety standards? Does FFI make the work of inspectors (and that of HSE as an organisation) more challenging? The jury’s out on the first question.  But HSE’s effectiveness is much impaired by FFI. Promotion of compliance The Department of…
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DocumentationGeneral Health and Safety
February 4, 2016

What can we learn from FFI statistics?

What is the statistical information about Notifications of Contravention (NoC)? Does it answer all the questions that matter? What are the implications for HSL? What statistical information is available about NoCs (notably from the Independent Review Report discussed in Parts 1 & 5 .)?  What does it reveal?  Does it answer the questions that matter?   Do we know the implications…
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DocumentationGeneral Health and Safety
January 28, 2016

Fees for Intervention: Part 5 – How did we get to where we are now? And what should happen next?

It’s time to discuss how we got to where we are now.  Some is a reprisal of my previous posts, and a conclusion of Parts 2 and 3. FFI was made mandatory by the Coalition Government in March 2011 in the height of the deficit crisis.  Draconian cuts in HSE costs were inevitable – and these might emasculate their work…
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DocumentationGeneral Health and Safety
January 25, 2016

Fees for intervention: Part 4 – Are the downsides more than just paying a bill?

Why is the receipt of a NoC potentially more damaging than a dusty letter from HSE? Pre-FFI, inspectors sent formal ‘letters’ to tell dutyholders that they were not complying with safety law.  In HSE’s Enforcement Management Model (EMM) a ‘letter’ is one of five main enforcement responses (prosecution, prohibition notice (PN), improvement notice (IN), letter, verbal warning).  Now a letter…
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DocumentationGeneral Health and Safety
January 14, 2016

Fees for Intervention: Part 3 – the foundations revisited

This is the third post on fees for intervention (FFI). This one summarises and develops the arguments in Part 2. In Part 2 I reviewed the Byzantine foundations of FFI - quick sand as they turned out to be. HSE 47 ‘Guidance on the application of Fee for Intervention (FFI)’ describes the process and invokes HSE’s Enforcement Management Model (EMM). The…
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