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Taking Control of the Facts

Getting to the bottom of things is reaching that point where everything adds up and makes sense. When that’s not happening, you’ve not got to the bottom of things, so keep going. Continue reading

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ISO 45001:2018: Some Observations

The standard itself adopts the Annex SL clause structure around which ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 are already based. That means the PDCA sequenced clause 4-10 framework. As OHSAS 18001 was already PDCA sequenced, this is not a major uplift. There are a few issues that organisations will need to look closely at and, for me, at first sight at least, the most significant relates to Top Management involvement in the OHSMS. There is an interesting and significant addition – Worker Participation. Continue reading

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Why Understanding Your Internal & External Issues Is Important

Like many systems of this type, there is no formal structure for identifying internal and external issues, the associated risks and the necessary contingencies and back up plans. In this situation you often get the impression that the management team simply “know” what these things are and “naturally take them into account”. So why the need for anything more formal? Continue reading

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How To Write A Nonconformance

Audit reporting requires a complete picture – to report the good as well as the bad – but in this post I want to concentrate on how we construct nonconformances. Continue reading

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Audit Report Writing

There are ways that we can express ourselves that can make people receptive to our findings, even the negative aspects of it, and there are ways that we can express ourselves that will encourage defensive behaviour. Too many auditors think that the only important items for the report are the problems. Continue reading

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