SAFE08053 2019 EHS Management Systems and Auditing

General Details

Full Title
EHS Management Systems and Auditing
Transcript Title
EHS Management Systems and Aud
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Subject Area
SAFE - Safety Studies
ESCI - Environmental Science
08 - NFQ Level 8
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Blaithin McGrath, Edel Costello
Programme Membership
SG_SOCCU_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science in Occupational Safety and Health SG_SOCCU_K08 201900 Level 8 Honours Degree Add-on in Science in Occupational Safety and Health (Add-on)

This aim of this module is to address the increasing requirement for OHS professionals to integrate occupational safety, health and environmental management in the workplace. The specific requirements of ISO 45001 and ISO 14001 will be detailed from initial status review to policy, planning, implementation, monitoring, auditing and review.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Examine the elements of the ISO 45001 and ISO 14001 management systems.


Assess the synergy between OSH and environmental management and the various stakeholders involved.


Integrate a knowledge of health and safety and environmental issues into EHS management.


Demonstrate a knowledge of best practice in auditing.


Develop documentation which conforms with the requirements of EHS management standards.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered full-time. This will include lectures and may include site visits, augmented by independent learning and directed learning. This approach is expected to address student learning needs. Moodle will be used as a repository of educational resources and as a means of assessment (e.g. quizzes, uploading assignments and journals).

Module Assessment Strategies

This module is 30% Continuous Assessment and 70% Final Exam. Students may be assessed on submission of an assignment report/s as well as a final theory paper. Feedback using formative assessment will be ongoing via class discussions.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat Continuous Assessment and/or Final Exam.

Indicative Syllabus

History and development of OHS and environmental management systems.

Overview of the elements of ISO management system standards - policy, planning, implementation, operation, performance measurement, checking and corrective action, management review.

Setting objectives, KPIs and measuring performance.

Developing legislation and risk registers.

Defining roles and assigning responsibilities.

Auditing as an element in checking.

Integrating EHS systems and identifying benefits and barriers.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
30 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
70 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Assignment Coursework Assessment Written Report/Essay 30 % Any 1,2,3,5

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam Closed Book Exam 70 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom Lecture 3 Weekly 3.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Self study 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2007 Environmental Planning and Management World Scientific
ISBN 9781860946714 ISBN-13 1860946712

This book focuses on environmental planning and management. Environmental problems are not purely scientific; some of the major problems deal with poor management and the inability to involve people in environmental decision making process. The approach taken in this book is to review environmental problems as they are affected by poor planning and management. Understanding of management issues involved will help to get top management to buy into environmental management. The tendency is for top management to view environmental management efforts as expensive and wasteful to an organization. However, when top management is exposed to the high cost of doing nothing and the lack of competitiveness as a result of poor environmental quality, it is more likely to buy into the idea of environmental quality and work towards achieving sustainable goals.

Recommended Reading
2011-07-13 Essentials of Environmental Management Routledge
ISBN 0901357480 ISBN-13 9780901357489

Over recent years, there has been a rapid expansion in the number of professionals requiring knowledge and skills in environmental management. Today, the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) has over 15,000 members, while the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) recognises that thousands of its members now cover, health, safety and environment in their everyday remit. Essentials of environmental management provides a comprehensive introduction to the management of environmental issues. Clearly structured and illustrated, the book explains why and how organisations should manage their environmental interactions at both strategic and operational levels. Now in its third edition, Essentials focuses on: The issues and principles underpinning environmental management The principal methods to determine priorities for action The key elements of an effective environmental system based on the 'plan, do, check and act' cycle (including ISO 14001) The main operational controls and approaches to continually improve performance Supply chain issues and environmental considerations Strategic environmental pressures and how to address them, including carbon management strategies How environmental management contributes to wider business concerns, the process of sustainable development and the corporate social responsibility agenda. The authors combine a broad training background with extensive practical experience of environmental management. Essentials provides a user-friendly framework which sets out the key principles and approaches that underpin this ever-growing professional discipline.

Recommended Reading
2009-12-14 Lean Safety Productivity Press
ISBN 1439816425 ISBN-13 9781439816424

While worker safety is often touted as a companys first priority, more often than not, safety activity is driven by compliance to legislation rather than any safety improvement initiative. Lean takes a proactive approach it is not contingent on legislation. A serious Lean effort will tear apart an old inefficient entitlement-riddled culture and build it into something effective. Lean Safety: Transforming your Safety Culture with Lean Management takes lessons learned from Lean and applies them to the building of a world-class safety-first organization. Based on 30 years of experience with successful implementation of continuous improvement, Robert Hafey focuses the power of Lean improvement on the universal topic of safety. In doing so, he shows how Lean and safety are linked; that the achievement of one is often dependent upon achievement of the other. In this book, written for managers and executives as well as workers on the line, Hafey: Challenges each stakeholder to think proactively and accept individual responsibility for safety Emphasizes that the building of a top safety program requires the building of a world-class safety culture Demonstrates how basic Lean tools are as applicable to safety as they are to Lean, such as the A3 problem-solving process and the facilitated kaizen blitz Removes fear from the accident investigation process so that root causes are addressed rather than hidden Establishes standards and metrics for safety management that are clearly definable and measurable Any lasting improvement must become both institutionalized and perpetually capable of adaptation. World class safety is not about writing correct rules, but more about righting the culture responsible for the well-being of its stakeholders. Listen to what Robert Hafey has to say about Lean Safety.

Recommended Reading
2007 OHSAS 18001 Government Inst
ISBN 086587199X ISBN-13 9780865871991

Take your company beyond basic regulatory compliance and risk reduction. Using the detailed guidance in OHSAS 18001, you can create an occupational health and safety management system that controls health and safety risks, minimizes hazards, improves your organization's near- and long-term performance, and lowers healthcare costs. OHSAS 18001 is an internationally recognized certification specification that provides a model for the development of a complete occupational health and safety management system. Patterned after the popular ISO 14001 environmental management system standard, OHSAS 18001 requires the systematic and formal identification of workplace hazards, the assessment of risks associated with those hazards, and identification and implementation of controls to minimize those risks. But the standard only tells you what should be done, not how to do it. The specification leaves the details of developing and implementing internal systems, processes, and procedures that meet the federal requirements up to the participating organizations. That's where this book can help. OHSAS 18001 examines each clause of OHSAS 18001, provides thorough explanations, and details the steps needed to build and implement an effective occupational health and safety management system based on the specification. You'll learn how to incorporate all aspects of an effective management system, including core processes like identifying workplace hazards and assessing the risks; key supporting processes used to maintain an awareness of legal requirements, ensure compentency of employees, provide an adequate infrastructure, and monitor and evaluate performance; and best procedures for implementing and managing system-supporting processes such as document control, record control, and internal auditing. Each handbook contains a companion CD-ROM featuring the author's OH&S Planning Workbook, an Excel workbook full of templates, checklists, and forms.

Recommended Reading
2009-10-30 Safety Metrics Government Inst
ISBN 1605902608 ISBN-13 9781605902609

This practical guide and popular reference helps you evaluate the efficiency of your company's current safety and health processes and make fact-based decisions that continually improve overall performance. Newly updated, this edition now also shows you how to incorporate safety management system components into your safety performance program and provides you with additional techniques for analyzing safety performance data. Written for safety professionals with limited exposure to statistics and safety-performance-measurement strategies, this comprehensive book shows you how to assess trends, inconsistencies, data, safety climates, and training in your workplace so you can identify areas that need corrective actions before an accident or injury occurs. To help you develop an effective safety metrics program, the author includes both an overview of safety metrics, data collection, and analysis and a set of detailed procedures for collecting data, analyzing it, and presenting it. You'll examine a comprehensive collection of tools and techniques that includes run charts and control charts, trending and forecasting, benchmarking, insurance rating systems, performance indices, the Baldrige Model, and six sigma. In addition, you'll find exercises and questions in each chapter that allow you to practice and review what you've learned. All answers are provided in an appendix. Techniques and tools discussed in this book include descriptive and inferential statistics, cause and effect analyses, measures of variability, and probability. Safety metric program development, implementation, and evaluation techniques are presented as well."

Recommended Reading
22/03/2018 Safety, Health and Environmental Auditing: A Practical Guide CRC Press

Recommended Reading
2018-06-05 The ISO 14001:2018 Implementation Handbook ASQ Quality Press
ISBN 9780873899710 ISBN-13 0873899717

This handbook explains how an organization can use a management system to both control and improve its safety or occupational health and safety performance. It provides guidance in building the OH&S management system in support of the organizations operations, linking the management system to the requirements of ISO 45001:2018, to support third-party certification. Included in the text are best practices as well as common pitfalls or weaknesses I have observed in various organizations. For those organizations certified according to OHSAS 18001:2007, the book highlights the changes required to upgrade to the new international standard. The ISO 45001:2018 Implementation Handbook is formatted to describe each clause of ISO 45001:2018 in four sections: 1. Correspondence with the current OHSAS 18001 standard2. The ISO requirement3. Guidance on conformance to the requirements4. Questions for internal auditors A CD included with this handbook contains internal auditor check sheets that can be used to assess conformance to ISO 45001:2018.

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

NSAI (2018) ISO 45001-2018 Occupational safety and health management systems - Requirements with guidance for use.

NSAI (2015) ISO 14001-2015 Environmental management systems - Requirements with guidance for use.

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