Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Management and Audit

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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
environmental-health-and-safety-management-and-auditAs 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-management-and-auditEnvironmental 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:

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Role of ‘technology’ in home health care

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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.

 

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Management systems should be built on expansiveness and versatility

Management systems should be built on expansiveness and versatility. Only such a system delivers results for an organization. First of all, let us get a basic understanding of a management system: It is a system that helps smoothens and streamlines an organization functioning, enabling it to go on without hiccups.

The purpose of a management system is to put the organization on the road to the destination it has chosen for itself. This is done by instilling a system in which there are a defined set of prescriptive and hierarchical documents, and are well-defined. A prudent management system is one that enables the organization to carry out a host of dispersed functions and activities, so that time and resources are spared.

What an organization’s management system should address is an important question. Ideally, it should consist of a set of standards and practices that addresses all the aspects of the organization’s safety, health and environment management. Such a management system greases the whole process and brings efficiency, consistency, cost-effectiveness and timeliness into it.

A pivot for health and environment management systems

Businesses that use their assets for setting up and creating inputs for the various standards around the functions are effective ones. This is a proven and effective method of optimizing the efficiency of management systems, and becomes the foundation on which decisions concerning the way resources are spent within the Safety, Health & Environment (SH&E) scope of business are made. That is, a management system that becomes a hinge around which an array of functions can be performed is an efficient and effective one.

A proper management system has safety, health and environment at its core. The key to build an SH&E system that is designed along these lines is being able to first thoroughly evaluate their requirements. Organizations also need to have the farsightedness to anticipate the likely changes that could go into these functions over time. The management systems they build must have the strength, resilience and flexibility to absorb these changes. An organization that builds an SH&E system that fails to take these into account is doomed to failure and is sure to be a huge financial burden.

What can a management system that takes SH&E into consideration achieve?

The benefits of building an SH&E-accommodated management system are many. It can be used to or helps in:

o  Identifying everything that has to be managed within the function

o  Constructing a mechanism, tool, or process that manages each of those things identified. These are normally a set of standards, practices and programs that are built specifically for a particular function

o  Building the standard, practice or program so that it can be adjusted according to results

o  Building a measuring metric, benchmark or scorecard with both lagging and leading indicators

o  Building the management system in a way that is hierarchal in structure within the organization – (corporate sets and standards and the business unit builds the practice around the standard)

More on how to build a sound SH&E management

GlobalCompliancePanel, a leading provider of professional trainings for the regulatory compliance areas, will organize a two-day seminar in which the principles to adapt and the thinking needed to cultivate the outlook for building such a management system will be imparted.

The Director of this seminar is James J. Thatcher, President and Owner, Global Safety Solutions LLC., who is listed as an expert witness for operational, as well as safety, health, environmental, training and security issues in the Oil and Gas industry and the mining, minerals and chemical industry. Please register for this seminar by visiting http://www.globalcompliancepanel.com/control/globalseminars/~product_id=900844SEMINAR?linkedin_SEO .

This seminar has been pre-approved by RAPS as eligible for up to 12 credits towards a participant’s RAC recertification upon full completion.

In-depth exploration of SH&E management systems

At this seminar, James will make an in-depth exploration of management systems in the health and environmental areas. A complete understanding of SH&E, plus Training and Security (TS), which are the functions around which standards and practices are built, will be offered. He will also offer a description of the 16 functions that cover the SHE & TS world in detail. This learning is important in helping participants understand ways by which to build a standard and practice around all these 16 functions.

The 16 functions that will have a standard and practice specific to the function are:

o  Hazard identification & control

o  Occupational health & industrial hygiene

o  Incident management

o  Emergency preparedness

o  Environmental

o  Regulatory compliance

o  Reporting performance

o  Managing risk

o  Managing safety

o  Management security

o  Verification & audits

o  Document & record management

o  Contractor & service provider management

o  Competency management (training)

o  Commitment, communication and implementation

o  Managing change

In addition, in order to enable clear understanding of the topics, James will also describe the role of supporting documents, associated programs, procedures or Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) that are a part of the particular function being managed,.

Design of Experiments (DoE) for Process Development and Validation

Design of Experiments (DoE) is a very important process development and validation component in several kinds of industries. DoE for process development and validation involves carrying out a number of tests recurrently and steadily over a period of time. Its responses are then observed.

DoE is important for process development and validation as it offers an understanding of the predictability and reproducibility of an experiment. Fundamentally, Design of Experiments for process development and validation seeks to rule out fluke or chance in the methods needed for bringing about control for a product.

DoE in medical devices

In the area of medical devices, guidelines for Design of Experiments for process development and validation are set out in the Global Harmonization Task Force (GHTF) Process Validation Guidance for Medical Device Manufacturers. This document offers guidance in the area of Design of Experiments for process development and validation by suggesting the exact areas in which design of experiments should be applied during Process Validation.

The GHTF guidance also suggests the use of both screening and response surface designs during Operational Qualification. It further requires Design of Experiments for process development and validation to be used during various phases of design controls. These include:

o  Design and development planning

o  Design verification

o  Design validation

o  Design transfer

o  Design changes.

Get a full understanding of Design of Experiments for process development and validation

The ways of approaching Design of Experiments for process development and validation will be topic of a two-day seminar that is being organized by GlobalCompliancePanel, a highly respected provider of professional trainings for the areas of regulatory compliance.

Jim Wisnowski, who is the cofounder of Adsurgo LLC and co-author of the book Design and Analysis of Experiments by Douglas Montgomery: A Supplement for using JMP, will be the Director at this seminar. In order to gain a full understanding of the principles and application of Design of Experiments for process development and validation; please register for this seminar by visiting http://www.globalcompliancepanel.com/control/globalseminars/~product_id=900794?linkedin-SEO .

This seminar has been pre-approved by RAPS as eligible for up to 12 credits towards a participant’s RAC recertification upon full completion.

All about Design of Experiments for process development and validation

This seminar will offer total and all-round understanding of all the aspects of Design of Experiments for process development and validation.

Process development studies need to be completed before a process control plan is developed as part of an overall risk management strategy. These process development studies help gain knowledge and understanding about the impact of variation in process parameters on the variation in the product quality characteristics of the product.

An explanation of the methods used

The methodology of Design of Experiments for process development and validation offers a means for identifying process parameters, which impact product quality (critical process parameters) and determine the functional relationship that links the process parameters to those critical quality attributes.

Design of Experiments for process development and validation uses screening designs such as 2k factorial and D-optimal designs to determine critical process parameters. Design of Experiments for process development and validation use response surface designs, such as Central Composite Designs (CCDs) and I-optimal designs for fashioning the functional relationship between those critical process parameters and the critical quality attributes.

A primer on statistical analysis

This seminar on Design of Experiments for process development and validation will present a primer on statistical analysis, during which it will focus on the methods required for analysis of designed experiments. Jim will then move on to the steps to a proper DoE, during the process of which he will demonstrate the nature and uses of important risk management tools such as Ishikawa and FMEA, which can be used pre and post DOE studies.

The Director will also teach how to generate and analyze multiple screening and response surface designs, and why and how each are used. After teaching participants how to present the results, Jim will explain how to update the risk management tools using the results of the studies.

This session on Design of Experiments for process development and validation will cover the following areas:

o  Identify critical quality attributes (CQAs) that will be used as responses in your designs

o  Utilize risk management tools to identify and prioritize potential critical process parameters

o  Identify critical process parameters and develop a functional relationship between those process parameters and your critical-to-quality attributes (CQAs) using both screening and response surface designs

o  Be able to design and analyze screening designs including a factorial, fractional factorial, and D-optimal design

o  Understand the need for adding center points to a design

o  Be able to design and analyze response surface designs including central composite designs (CCDs), Box-Behnken designs, and I-optimal designs

o  Present results of DOE studies

o  Use systematic understanding from DOE studies to update the control plan that is part of the overall risk management plan.

How to build a complete Safety, Health & Environment Management System through Standards & Practices 2017

 

 

Course “How to build a complete Safety, Health & Environment Management System through Standards & Practices” has been pre-approved by RAPS as eligible for up to 12 credits towards a participant’s RAC recertification upon full completion.

Overview:

A management system, by definition, is a process by which a function or functions are carried out in an organization by a series of hierarchal documents that are prescriptive, and set a particular path on which the organization manages its day-to-day operations.

A management system can be for one function, but more often than not, it incorporates many functions. Functions like accounting, engineering, banking, etc. have their own management systems, and the Safety, Health and Environmental, as well as Training and Security should have their own management system. This brings efficiency, consistency, cost effectiveness and timeliness to the entire process.

In order to work effectively, Corporate sets and creates (with business asset) input, the various standards around the functions

The SH&E, plus training and security are the functions we will build the standards and practices around. There are 16 functions that cover the SHE & TS world. We build a standard and practice around all 16 functions. Supporting documents, associated programs, procedures or standard operating procedures (SOP) will be a part of the particular function being managed. The 16 functions that will have a standard and practice specific to the function are:

  • Hazard identification & control
  • Occupational health & industrial hygiene
  • Incident management
  • Emergency preparedness
  • Environmental
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Reporting performance
  • Managing risk
  • Managing safety
  • Management security
  • Verification & audits
  • Document & record management
  • Contractor & service provider management
  • Competency management (training)
  • Commitment, communication and implementation
  • Managing change

Why should you attend :

Every organization in today’s business atmosphere, in order to be competitive and in compliance must have a comprehensive management system in place and operating smoothly. For those companies who do not understand this, the going is much harder and very much more expensive.

The standards and practices that are put in place act as the cornerstone for decisions being made relative to resources and dollars spent within the SH&E scope of business.

This process accomplishes the following:

  • Identifies the things that need to be managed within the function
  • Construct a process, tool, or mechanism that best manages each of those things identified
  • They are usually a set of standards, practices and programs that are built specifically for a particular function
  • Build the standard, practice or program so that it can be adjusted according to results
  • Build a measuring metric, benchmark or scorecard with both lagging and leading indicators
  • Build the management system in a way that is hierarchal in structure within the organization – (corporate sets and standards and the business unit builds the practice around the standard)

 

Areas Covered in the Session:

  • How to build a SH&E management system
  • How to evaluate its effectiveness
  • The tools you need in order to build a SH&E MS
  • How to implement the system with total management support
  • How to develop successful implementation plans, both with management and the workforce
  • How to tell the difference between a standard and a practice
  • How to understand how to design SH&E documents correctly
  • How to assess the risk of not having a MS process in place
  • How to roll the process out
  • How to communicate the process to those who can support the effort

 

 

Who will benefit:

  • EHS Managers, Directors, VP
  • Regulatory Managers
  • Compliance Managers
  • Production Managers, Directors, VP
  • Legal Managers
  • Quality Auditors
  • Operational Leaders (managers, directors, VP)

 

Agenda:

Lecture 1:

Process overview, Main elements of the SH&E MS, Process, infrastructure & system

Internal sources and External sources

What the regulatory agencies are looking for in a SH&E MS

Lecture 2:

System deficiencies

People, process & tools

Lecture 3:

The law perspective & risk analysis

Managing the risks through a systems approach

Lecture 4:

Non-conformance with expectations

Trending for results

Plan-Do-Check-Act

 

Day 2 Schedule

Lecture 1:

Process mapping tools

Creating the Standards & Practices (lots of examples)

Lecture 2:

Continue creating standards & practices

Lecture 3:

SH&E MS plan execution

Communicating the management system

Lecture 4:

SH&E documentation expectations

The MS review & approval process by management

Auditing the MS

How to roll it out – by stages

 

 

Speaker:

James Thatcher,

President, Global Safety Solutions, LLC,

 

James Thatcher the owner and President of Global Safety Solutions, LLC, headquartered in Divide, Colorado. Dr. Thatcher has 35 years of experience in the Oil and Gas, Metals/Minerals and Chemical industry, with management positions in engineering, operations, human resources, safety, health and environment, as well as training and security.

He has a MS in mechanical engineering, and a Ph.D. in psychology/organizational development. He has had many articles published in the Occupational Hazards Magazine, the VPP Leadership Magazine, IADC driller magazine, and through several organizations such as the National Safety Management Society and the World Safety Organization. He has presented at many seminars, summits, conferences, and association meetings for many years.

He is listed as an expert witness for operational as well as safety, health, environmental, training and security issues in the Oil and Gas industry and the mining, minerals and chemical industry. He is recognized in the Safety, Health, Environmental, Training and Security disciplines as an expert in these fields. He was the president of the National Safety Management Society for two terms, and is on their board of directors. He is closely associated with the World Safety Association, and is listed in the United Nations directory as an expert in the field of safety, health, training and security. He was the President of Technical Safety and Training Solutions, Incorporated, and consulted in the United States, Europe and South America.

I offer presentations for EHS conferences and summits, as well as for business group meetings in the area of EHS culture, values, systems, motivation, and inspiration. These messages are both timely and effective in helping to raise the bar in your EHS efforts.

 

 

 

Location: Baltimore, MD Date: April 6th & 7th, 2017 and Time: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

 

 

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Address: The DoubleTree Baltimore-BWI Airport   890 Elkridge Landing Road – Linthicum, MD 21090

 

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