Are your management system documents out of control?

by Suzanne Orme At last things are getting easier! Long gone are the “typing pool” days of the 70’s and 80’s. The 90’s heralded the age of the “e-document”, predominantly Microsoft Word and Excel. There was a shift away from the massive archives of printed materials that waste paper and create a fire hazard. But

A view from the inside

by Suzanne Orme Successful audits are a win-win for the community and for businesses wanting to prove to themselves and others that they do what they say they do . By examining a business from the inside out an auditor confirms that the company is meeting the expectations of all interested parties. Let’s think of

What makes effective training?

by Suzanne Orme Deciding how much and what type of health, safety and environmental  training to conduct in your workplace can be a daunting task. Here are 5 tips to guide you through the maze. 1. Focus on high risk Refer to the site’s Hazard/Aspect Register or Risk Register to establish the workplace tasks that

How do you take a life cycle perspective?

by Suzanne Orme While presenting a series of one day courses on behalf of SAI Global entitled “Preparing for the transition to ISO14001:2015″ I became aware that one of the concepts in the Standard is new to many people. Its the taking of a “life cycle perspective”. So, what does this mean? A life cycle is

Get ready for risk based licensing

By Suzanne Orme Failure to develop and implement an Environmental Management System (EMS) at each site could become a costly exercise as the NSW EPA progresses towards its risk based licencing system. The EPA will change the calculation of licence administration fees by introducing an Environmental Management Category – either A, B, C, D or

What the revised ISO14001 means for you

By Suzanne Orme An updated version of ISO14001 was published in September 2015. The new version is intended to maintain and improve the basic principles and existing requirements of ISO14001:2004.  The new elements and requirements, summarised below, bolt on fairly easily to any ISO14001 based system. However the new clause numbers and structure pose more

Are we exposed to too much lead?

by Suzanne Orme Lead is a highly potent nerve toxin that has been known for decades to have devastating effects on human health and wildlife as well as strong links with violent crime. While the phase out of lead in petrol has been an outstanding success globally, there is still a long way to go.

Two ways to avoid digital misinformation

by Suzanne Orme With today’s appetite for rapid and instant communication, the media have developed a tendency to rush information out quickly without subjecting it to proper editorial oversight and scrutiny. In NSW last month an anti-coal campaigner using only a laptop and mobile phone was able to issue a bogus media release stating that
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