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The Framework to Manage HSE Aspects
A HSE Management System is an integrated approach where all the 3 HSE factors are effectively managed to reduce risks in the workplace and environment. The objective of a HSE Management System is to provide a structured management approach to control health, safety and environmental risks.
International standard ISO 45001:2018 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems lists down requirements with guidance for use. ISO 14001;2015 Environment Management Systems sets out the criteria for an environmental management system.
Regardless of the industry you are in, all organizations need a comprehensive, well-documented HSE management system to ensure that all personnel are safe and environment are protected. A HSE management system must be written down, communicated and practiced.
The key elements of a successful HSE management system include:
- HSE plan and inspection checklists
- Risk assessments and monitoring
- Training and induction
A HSE plan is a strategic action plan which sets out all current and prospective risks for the company. It provides an analysis of all risks present, with an outline of how to remove said risks. This HSE plan helps to set up a framework for all workers to follow and be held accountable to maintain the HSE record of the workplace. A HSE plan also comprises of HSE inspection checklists and emergency response plans.
Risk assessments document all risks in the workplace. This helps in protecting all workers and surrounding people from potential hazards. All areas of HSE non-compliance are outlined in the assessment and aid in ensuring proper solutions are in place. After risk assessment, risk monitoring is to be conducted depending on the risk level to maintain HSE in place.
Reporting of HSE elements is needed to monitor the performance of HSE elements. HSE key performance indicators (KPI) are needed to measure the performance of the HSE aspects. These KPI help to identify areas that need improvement. KPI for HSE include Lost Time Injury (LTI), number of accidents and incidents, productive days, near misses, etc.
All workers need to receive adequate training on the various HSE rules and procedures at the worksite. A thorough training program includes all HSE aspects e.g. PPE training, fire drills, scheduled waste management, management of pollution control equipment, etc. These trainings must be recorded to keep track of the trainings to ensure a successful HSE management system.
In conclusion, management plays a critical role in making HSE management system a success.
A risk assessment is fundamental to any organizational risk management program and is a methodology used to identify, assess, and prioritize organizational risk. One way to look at a formal risk assessment process is your organization is now being proactive rather than reactive. If you have the opportunity to anticipate a potential security incident and address the potential adverse impacts, chances are you will be successful and save your business from any operational and reputational loss.
A risk assessment should include: conducting a risk assessment survey, identifying risks, assessing the importance and likelihood of risks, creating a risk management plan, and then implementing that plan.
HOW COULD A RISK ASSESSMENT BENEFIT YOUR ORGANIZATION?
By regularly performing a formal risk assessment, you can get a clear picture of where your assets lie and what potential threats might exist. This is why most information security frameworks require a formally documented, annual risk assessment. Risk assessments give you the ability to assess the likelihood and impact of those threats and an opportunity to evaluate your current security controls to determine if what you’re doing will be an effective defense mechanism against a malicious attack.
Risk assessments can also help your organization implement the pillars of information security: confidentiality, integrity, and availability. The impact of unauthorized disclosure of confidential information can range from the jeopardizing of national security to the disclosure of Privacy Act data. If the loss of system or data integrity is not corrected, continued use of the contaminated system or corrupted data could result in inaccuracy, fraud, or erroneous decisions. If a mission-critical IT system is unavailable to its end users, the organization’s mission may be affected.