An environmental, health and safety (EHS) management and audit program is now a prerequisite for organizations in various kinds of business. Allied to the emergence of and developing along with the concepts of worker safety and corporate social responsibility; the environmental, health and safety audit is today a major component of an organization. Organizations that need visibility and are desirous of earning a good name should make the environmental, health and safety management and audit a part of their culture.
The practice of companies auditing their environmental, health and safety (EHS) began in the 1970’s, almost contemporaneously with the enactment of OSHA. Around that time, the environmental issue was gaining ground in the corporate circles of the West with the governments and other agencies pitching in with their efforts to create greater awareness of the impact of business activities on the environment. As a result, the thinking that the top management of an organization needs to be viewing this issue more seriously started to develop and got ingrained over the years.
Cannot be glossed over As a result of various legislations on the issue of environmental safety; the role of the Board of Governors became central in ensuring this aspect of the business. Environmental health and safety was no longer something that needed to be administered superficially, but in formal and designated ways, more specifically in the form of an audit. In order to incentivize corporate entities to implement environmental health and safety (EHS) management and audit; the trend started moving towards making these activities carry value addition to the organization.
Environmental health and safety management and audit is now a more formalized activity that needs to be carried out in a proper, set and well-defined manner. The processes that go into the EHS management and audit are clearly laid out in the form of standards such as the ISO 14001 standard, which is essentially an Environmental Management System (EMS) audit. To strengthen and enrich the audit activity and round it better; a few related and parallel standards such as the relevant parts of the 9000 family of standards, which deals with quality management, and 18000 series audits can be carried out with ease to supplement the environmental, health and safety audit.
Role of environmental health and safety (EHS) management and audit Environmental health and safety (EHS) management and audit have now evolved into being a practice that is coupled with and fused into many business-related activities. The practice now is to make an environmental health and safety management and audit an inseparable part of the Quality Management System. Environmental health and safety (EHS) management and audit audits are now a sure means to ensure that the organization has a reputation for corporate social responsibility by implementing this audit.
Aspects of an environmental health and safety management and auditThe aim of environmental health and safety management and audit is to instill the EHS right from the top management down to the line level employee. A properly carried out EHS management and audit system should ideally take these factors into consideration:
Obesity is one of the biggest causes of non-communicable, lifestyle diseases today. According to the World Health Organisation, close to 1.9 billion adults were obese in the year 2014. Around 2.8 million people die due to some complications associated with obesity every year. A recent study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology notes that obese people who may otherwise be healthy and free from ailments like diabetes, hypertension, et cetera may still run at a high risk of heart failure. Such individuals are 96% more likely to be at a risk of heart failure over people with normal weight who are also metabolically healthy.
“Obese individuals with no metabolic risk factors are still at a higher risk of coronary heart disease, cerebrovascular disease and heart failure than normal weight metabolically healthy individuals,” noted lead author Rishi Caleyachetty, from the University of Birmingham. “Obese patients, irrespective of their metabolic status, should be encouraged to lose weight and that early detection and management of normal weight individuals with metabolic abnormalities will be beneficial in the prevention of CVD events,” suggested Krish Nirantharakumar, senior lecturer from the varsity.
Experts studied electronic health records of close to 3.5 million British adults to assess cardiovascular diseases.
LONDON, Sept 13 (REUTERS) – Proposed United States budget cuts could put in jeopardy great progress in reducing global poverty and disease and lead to 5 million more deaths from AIDS alone, the philanthropist Bill Gates warned on Wednesday.
Gates, whose Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is a major provider of global health and development funding, said there was currently “more doubt than usual about the world’s commitment to development”.
A global health report by the foundation, co-authored by the Gates and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington (IHME), analysed progress against diseases such as malaria, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis.
It also tracked rates of poverty, maternal and infant death, access to contraception, sanitation and other development issues. Forecasting good and bad future scenarios, it found millions of lives hanging in the balance.
In a telephone briefing about the findings, Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft Corporation, said remarkable progress had been made in recent decades but that shifting priorities, instability and potential budget cuts could lead the world to turn away, jeopardising the gains.
At present, home-based health care is gaining significant traction and poised for transformation. Once recognized as a fragmented and unorganised sector, it is gaining ground through progressively capturing interest of entrepreneurs and investors.
It is a known fact that there is tremendous pressure on hospitals in delivering services at their facility, especially in Critical Care, something that can be easily outsourced today.
However, it has to be recognised that healthcare services being delivered in the home environment are at a remote location – unlike a hospital where it is a centralised facility. Therefore, monitoring and continuous feedback on key parameters, as relevant to the patient, are critical to have an impact on the outcome of the treatment.
This is eminently possible with appropriate use and incorporation of various technology elements.
With advancements in technology, both in IT and integration with Medical Electronics, it is possible to provide high quality care in the vicinity of a known and comfortable environment.
Technology can play an important role and impact the following areas:
1. Creating positive patient experiences
2. Creating an environment and providing data for better outcomes of the treatment
3. Enable home healthcare to be delivered in remote areas
The goal of technology-enabled home care also encompasses helping reduce need for institutional care, while alleviating financial and emotional burden that medical procedures come with. Its kernel of success lies in the common knowledge that chronic diseases can be treated in the home of the patient through appropriate and continuous monitoring. This monitoring could then trigger medical interventions that may be required, most of which can be implemented in a home care setting at a lower cost to the patient.
Development of a safety program to save costs, delayed schedules and the human cost of injury or death.
Safety management guidelines and techniques for the engineering, construction, and scientific professions.
Why is Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) compliance necessary? For a simple reason: OSHA compliance is the surest legal way of ensuring safety at the workplace. Safety management and OSHA compliance go hand in hand and are deeply connected to and intertwined with each other. Safety management is at the core of OSHA and is the very purpose for which OSHA regulations were legislated. This is why safety management and OSHA compliance are so strongly related to each other.
OSHA has regulations for ensuring the safety of workplaces in almost any industry that one can think of. Compliance with these regulations is necessary for not only ensuring the safety of workers at the workplace; it is also necessary to avoid paying hefty fines that noncompliance results in. knowledge of safety management and OSHA compliance and the way they work is crucial for any company for these core reasons:
Violation of any relevant OSHA regulation leads to high penalties in the form of fines. Such an organization can also expect to face suspension of their activities
More than anything else, an organization that violates the provisions and requirements of OSHA can become responsible for employee injuries and even death at the workplace. Such an organization faces additional costs. Its production capabilities suffer, leading to delayed output.
A full understanding of safety management and OSHA compliance
It is to familiarize organizations with all that is necessary for ensuring safety management through OSHA compliance that GlobalCompliancePanel, a leading provider of professional trainings for all the areas of regulatory compliance, will be organizing a two-day seminar. This seminar’s speaker is Keith Warwick, who is President, Patty & Keith Inc. Keith, a licensed professional engineer in California, who has been licensed in Tennessee, Indiana, Illinois and New York; is the author of California’s Highway 99: Modesto to Bakersfield.
To gain learning from Keith on the way in which safety management and OSHA compliance are related to each other, please register for this seminar by visiting Safety Management and OSHA Compliance This seminar has been pre-approved by RAPS as eligible for up to 12 credits towards a participant’s RAC recertification upon full completion.
Key seminar takeaways
The main benefit this seminar will impart is that it will offer to participants the ways by which to develop a safety program that will help them save costs associated with delays in schedules and the human cost of injury or death. In the course of narrating this major benefit, Keith will also show explain the following:
Safety management guidelines and techniques for the engineering, construction, and scientific professions
The costs of preparing the necessary safety documentation
Using multiple techniques for each safety task
Costs of professional services from consultants
The costs of accidents in an occupational environment
The costs associated with operating industrial and construction projects safely in accordance 29 CFR 1910 and 29 CFR 1926
The way in which environmental releases and safety violations can impact an organization’s profitability
How accidents affect production schedules and result in civil or in some cases criminal action: Multiple safety violations can cost organizations hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Keith will show participants how to develop a safety inspection protocol that will help reduce the risks of environmental incidents and accidents. All these will be peppered with a brief exercise on each of the two days.
This detailed presentation of all the aspects of safety management and OSHA compliance will be of great value to professionals related to safety and its upkeep, such as Owners, Managers, Safety Managers, Environmental Compliance Managers, Engineers, Architects and Landscape Architects.
Keith will cover the following areas at this seminar: