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Monday, 27 February 2012

BS OHSAS 18001:2007 Factsheet

What is BS OHSAS 18001?

An Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) Management System for managing health and safety activities and eliminating or reducing hazards within the workplace.  Where an incident has occurred the system to investigate,  analyse and identify any OHS&S deficiency. 

What are the benefits of 18001 Certification?

Health and Safety Legislation and Regulation require an organisation to prove that it has taken all necessary and reasonable steps to provide a healthy and safe environment in the workplace that minimises risks to people and interested parties.

This Standard provides such assurance. It is externally assessed and certificated.

What is covered by BS OHSAS 18001?

This Standard requires 6 main sections to be addressed, these are:
  1. OH& S General requirements;
  2. OH&S Policy;
  3. Planning;
  4. Implementation & Operation;
  5. Checking;
  6. Management Review.
Each section is sub-divided and covers OH&S activities having an impact on workplace health and safety.

What documentation is required?

A health and safety manual and procedures for operating the Occupational Health and Safety Management System.

Who can carry out the Assessment?

There are a number of Certification Bodies Accredited by UKAS to carry out this work.

Once the certificate is issued what happens next?

The certification authority will carry out surveillance visits each year to ensure continuing compliance

Sections of BS OHSAS 18001:2007

  1. Scope
  2. Referenced Publications
  3. Terms and Definitions
  4. OHSAS Requirements
    1. General Requirements
    2. OH&S Policy
    3. Planning
      1. Hazard identification, Risk Assessment and Determining Controls
      2. Legal and Other Requirements
      3. Objectives and Programme(s)
      4. OH&S Management Programme(s)
    4. Implementation and Operation
      1. Resources, Roles Responsibility, accountability and Authority
      2. Competence, Training and Awareness
      3. Communication, Participation and Consultation
      4. Documentation
      5. Control of Documents
      6. Operational Control
      7. Emergency Preparedness and Response
    5. Checking
      Performance Measurement and Monitoring
      Evaluation of Compliance
      Incident Investigation, Nonconformity, Corrective and Preventive Action
      Control of Records
      Internal Audit
  5. Management Review

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Cloud Computing

We at Quality Matters have like other businesses to carry out data back-up as a routine , but there are times when the auto back-up fails or is missed for some other reason.

Any missed back-up could cause a problem if it is needed and you can bet on it that it will be needed when the missed back-up  failed to capture some vital information.

What is the answer?    We recently signed up to a system called  Dropbox.  Put simply it takes all your data and stores it securely in the cloud.  The cloud being a datacentre with all the security, connectivity and redundancy built in.  

Data security is important and the Dropbox system encrypts the data during  upload and download and then stores it securely.

A quote from the Dropbox website ‘Today, more than 45 million people across every continent use Dropbox to always have their stuff at hand’.

The data is automatically updated as soon as it is used.  The real beauty of this system is that I can access any live data from anywhere in the world.  If I open a file and need to change it, the  new data is saved into Dropbox.  I can also recover a deleted file as needed.

The one down-side is that you do need an internet connection to make a change, but you can work off-line on the copy stored locally on a pc or laptop and any changes are uploaded when an internet connection is available.

I started with a 2GB trial free of charge then updated to 50GB for a very reasonable price.  There is a 100GB version and the top tier gives you 1TB.

I know that I can recover all my data when I need it.  Back-up …..One more task that I don’t have to worry about.

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