As stated back in September 2015 after the final text of the BS EN IS0 14001:2015 environmental management standard as been launched.
The scope of the standard has not changed by many of the requirements have.
If you are already following systems which are compliant with the 2004 version of the standard, you have up to 3 years to revise your arrangements. However you should start making the move across now beginning with your policy statement. Many of the changes have been to its structure.
Your organisation is required to formalise its commitments to environmental management in policy. This document should set out your objectives and the actions you have in plan to achieve the intended outcomes. Your policy should show how you will continually improve environmental standards within your organisation.
The standard states that your policy MUST include three basic commitments:
- To protect the environment
- To fulfil the organisation’s compliance obligations
- To continually improve the environmental management system to enhance environmental performance.
A requirement of ISO 14001:2015 is that there must be commitment from the top of the organisation. Therefore the following statement has been included:
“Directors, management and supervisory staff have responsibilities for the implementation of the policy and must ensure that the environmental issues are given adequate consideration in the planning and day-to-day supervision of all work”
If you have any questions or would like us to contact you regarding the ISO 14001:2015 changes or you would like to know more about the accreditation please fill out the contact form below.
If any staff training has been completed even if it is a short Toolbox Talk you should ask your staff to sign and
confirm that they have attended and understood what they have been told.
If there is an accident/incident you are likely to face questions from an HSE or local authority inspector and the first question will be “whether anyone was involved in the incident and whether they had any health and safety or skills training?”.
This will identify if the incident was caused by staff not knowing the safety rules, being unsure of the correct way to operate a machine, not knowing what personal protective clothing was required with chemicals etc.
Remember to keep all documentation and training records undertake for your staff in case you are visited by the HSE or local authority inspector.
The appropriate forms are available for Hawksafe clients. Contact us if you would like any more information.
In June 2014 the HSE added new pages to its website that include guidance on the occupational health risks faced by employees.
The greatest risks to workers are:
- Respiratory diseases eg. asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
- Skin diseases
- Asbestos-related disease
- Noise-induced hearing damage
- Hand-arm vibration syndrome
- Musculoskeletal disease
This has been published by the HSE because it identified that many employers are ignoring their duties to manage these risks. The HSE should promote this information to encourage businesses to get on-board.
The HSE has identified that those working in the construction industry are at greatest risk. Inspections will be carried out in during the summer of 2014. Also, the HSE has used its guidance material on occupational health risks. It has published material by third party sources including those linked to the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, and Safety Groups UK.
Below is a selection of our services that will benefit occupational health:
We can now provide asbestos surveys to all types of businesses and properties. Please contact us for more information.
This information is taken from our monthly Tips & Advice newsletter, sent to all Hawksafe clients, via email. This month’s newsletter also covers current issues relating to these topics:
- Health & Safety Systems
- Stone Masons Health Protection
- Construction Competency Changes