Management System Standards expect you to prioritise your risks and opportunities, but how do you align risk and opportunity. How do you decide when to prioritise a opportunity over a risk? This article aims to provide a methodology for doing just that.
The Hierarchy of Control is safety focused. This article explores how we can adjust it so that it suits quality and environmental management too.
The management system standards currently makes more reference to processes than they do procedures. This is because with modern software which utilises workflows and automated machines often a process can be controlled automatically without relying on people and procedures, but what if you don’t have fancy software controlling your processes. Do you still need procedures or can you use processes?
Despite there being little commitment to actually state it, ISO 45001 adopted by Australia in March 2018 will replace AS 4801. There seems to be a mixed message about how likely AS 4801’s withdrawal is. Well it will happen and I believe it will happen around 2021 which is the Read more…
In addition to the traditional quality, safety and environmental risks which most company’s seem to understand, the latest iteration of the standards now require us to identify opportunities and the risks and these are not limited to those related to the delivery of your products and services, but extend to Read more…
Worksafe NSW (formerly WorkCover) is currently targeting companies operating forklift trucks in an effort to reduce the accidents and fatalities which have resulted from the use of forklifts. The initiative is one of the high risk programmes being targeted under the new RoadMap launched in August 2016. Worksafe NSW are hoping to assist companies meet their legal obligations and offer practical advice on how to keep people safe around operating forklift trucks. As such Worksafe NSW are using a checklist for discussion purposes and a copy is available in this post. Read article
Many of my customers who run a business have specific goals, aims and objectives so why as soon as we start talking about objectives within the management system do business leaders switch off?
There must be some disconnect between the management system and the business when business leaders can’t see why they need to engage with the task of setting management system objectives. These objectives should be the business objectives. What the ISO management system standards are trying to do is get business leaders to engage with the management system objectives and think carefully about setting the business’ direction rather than just setting the next financial target or hoping to record a lower incident or accident rate.
Hone your objective setting skills here. Read article