ISO recently announced that ISO Committee ISO/PC 283 – Occupational Health & Safety Management Systems, has been formed with an objective to develop and publish an international standard for Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) based on OHSAS 18001. The new standard will be known as ISO 45001. The standard’s publication is still some time off, but the result will hopefully be an up-to-date health and safety management system which will allow practicable and efficient integration with standards such as ISO 14001 and ISO 9001.

This standard, designated as ISO 45001, will establish globally-accepted requirements for third-party certification of an OH&S management system. It is intended to replace the OHSAS 18001 standard.

At the first meeting of the committee ISO/PC 283 in October 2013, an outline project plan for the development and publication of ISO 45001 was created:

  • ISO/CD 45001 (first committee draft) to be published by May 2014
  • ISO/DIS 45001 (first draft international standard) to be published by February 2015
  • ISO/FDIS 45001 (final draft international standard) to be published by March 2016
  • Final ISO 45001 to be published in October 2016

The new standard will follow the “High-Level Structure” format defined in Annex SL, meaning that it will be aligned with the revised versions of ISO 14001 and ISO 9001 scheduled for publication in 2015.

ISO/PC 283 – the committee responsible for ISO 45001 – held their inaugural meeting in October. It was agreed that, ISO 45001 will fall in line with the Annex SL high-level structure,. This means that all the management system standards will eventually be aligned. This decision was taken by the ISO Joint Technical Coordination Group (JTCG) in an effort to make life easier for organisations who wish to have a single management system.

This will mean the structure of the standard will be:

  1. Scope
  2. Normative references
  3. Terms and definitions
  4. Context of the organization
  5. Leadership
  6. Planning
  7. Support
  8. Operation
  9. Performance evaluation
  10. Improvement

Moving forward, the committee established a plan for the development and publication of the standard:

  • ISO/CD 45001 (first committee draft) to be published by May 2014
  • ISO/DIS 45001 (first draft international standard) to be published by February 2015
  • ISO/FDIS 45001 (final draft international standard) to be published by March 2016
  • ISO 45001 to be published in October 2016

The next meeting for the ISO/PC 283 committee will be held in March 2014 in Morocco in order to get the working draft of ISO 45001. It will then be open for comment, in order to ensure the standard reflects the needs of users around the world.

With poor health and safety management costing around 4% of global GDP, the new international standard’s impact has the potential to save lives, reduce accidents and improve employee morale. Its impact on industry will be closely watched by business leaders and safety professionals around the world. If done correctly it has the potential to improve safety standards, performance and ultimately reduce accident rates. However if not managed properly it could end up being just a paper exercise and a new certificate on the wall.


Submitted by Ronan O’Sullivan, Antaris Consulting

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Increase in ISO Uptake in Ireland

Figures released from ISO show a large uptake over the previous twelve months.  There are over 19,573 standard developed by the ISO since its formation in 1947. The reach of the organisation has expanded with national members 164 countries, rising from 162 in 2011. Ireland’s representative body is the NSAI. The national members consist of 111 member bodies, 49 correspondent members and four subscriber members.

The number of active projects in 2012 has increased to 4056, from 4007 in 2011. Consequently, the number of standards published has also risen from 1208 in 2011, to 1280 in 2012.

A summary of the statistics is shown in the table below.

Table 1 Global Distribution of Certificates 2011 and 2012

Standard No. of Certs Issued 2012 No. of Certs Issued 2011 Increase Increase (%)
ISO 9001 (Quality) 1,101,272 1,079,647 21,625 2%
ISO 14001 (Environmental) 285,844 261,957 23,887 9%
ISO 50001 (Energy) 1,981 459 1,522 332%
ISO 27001 (Information Security) 19,577 17,355 2,222 13%
ISO 22000 (Food Safety) 23,231 19,351 3,880 20%
ISO/TS 16949 (Quality Automotive) 50,071 47,512 2,559 5%
ISO 13485 (Quality Medical Devices) 22,237 19,849 2,388 12%
Total 1,504,213 1,446,130 58,083 4%

Source (ISO, 2013)

From Table 1 above, it can be seen that the uptake for the seven most popular standards have all increased over the past year. The greatest increase in uptake has occurred with ISO 50001, with an increase of 332%.

This increase is due to the fact that ISO 50001 was released in June 2011, and therefore the 2011 figures represent six months of uptake. In addition this is the first internationally recognised energy management standard.  The large increase may be the result of companies with existing standards upgrading their systems to comply with the requirements of ISO 50001, as the standard is in its infancy.

Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland’s Large Industry Energy Network (LIEN) is a voluntary network comprising of 140 companies representing 60 percent of Ireland’s industrial energy usage. A staggering €60m in avoided energy costs has been achieved since 2008 with the Scheme. SEAI also have a scheme under the LIEN, called the Energy Agreements Programme (EAP), over which there are 80 members which requires organisations to implement an energy management system.

In addition to this Ireland is home to many of the world largest MNCs (e.g. Google, Pfizer) and these companies are paving the way for best practice energy management for their colleagues in other countries and this has been enforced further with the swift implementation of ISO 50001. Germany and the UK are the market leaders in the largest number of ISO 50001 certificates issued but Ireland is coming up behind these countries, and is driven by SEAI’s goal to ensure that all members of the EAP have achieved ISO 50001 certification by the end of 2013. (Brogan, 2012)

The global uptake of ISO 50001 over the first twelve months has exceeded that of ISO 14001 in its initial twelve month period, and is rivalling the number of uptakes of the ISO 9001 in the 1990’s.

ISO 9001 makes up the majority of the certificates issued with over 73% of the global total awarded in 2012.

Table 2 Distribution of Certificates 2011 and 2012 in Ireland

Standard Intro Year No. of Certs Issued 2012 No. of Certs Issued 2011 Change (%) Total Certs Issued
ISO 9001 (Quality) 1993 2,331 1,875 +24% 43,462
ISO 14001 (Environmental) 1999 417 663 -37% 4,947
ISO 50001 (Energy) 2011 35 n/a n/a 35
ISO 27001 (Information Security) 2006 48 30 +60% 146
ISO 22000 (Food Safety) 2007 49 49 0% 246
ISO/TS 16949 (Automotive Quality) 2004 23 21 +10% 187
ISO 13485 (Medical Devices Quality) 2004 193 159 +21% 975
Total 3,096 2,797 +11% 49,998

(Source: ISO, 2013)

From Table 2, it can be seen that the distribution of ISO 9001 makes up the majority (over 75%) of the total number of certificates distributed. The uptake of this standard has increased 24% on the previous year also. The large uptake for this standard has been driven by the introduction of EU directives on products which specify minimum standards

ISO 9001

ISO 9001





Figure 1 ISO 9001 Annual Distribution of Certificates

The distribution of ISO 9001 conformance certificates peaked in 2000 and 2001 where 3700 certificates were being issued annually. The uptake of the standard has dropped off since then to more modest levels. Yet 2012 saw an increase of 24% in certificates issued versus 2011, as 2331 certificates were issued.  From all the certificates distributed in 2012 in Ireland, over 75% of them were for ISO 9001.

ISO 14001

ISO 14001



Figure 2 ISO 14001 Annual Distribution of Certificates

417 certificates distributed in 2012. This is lowest distribution rate of ISO 14001 certification for the previous five years. This drop off may be due to maturity of standard and proposed introduction of the new ISO 14001 in 2015.

ISO 50001

The number of ISO 50001 certificates issued in 2012 was 35. This number quite big considering it is a voluntary standard. The standard was only introduced in June 2011 and many companies with existing EnMS standards in place, such as EN 16001, may be waiting for their existing certification to expire prior to acquiring the new standard. The next ISO survey will give a good indication as to whether the SEAI met their goal stated above.


ISO 27001

ISO 27001



Figure 3 ISO 27001 Annual Distribution of Certificates

There has been significant growth in the uptake of ISO 27001 since its uptake in 2006, where only six certificates were distributed, to 48 certificates being distributed in 2012.

ISO 22000 (Food Safety)

ISO 22000



Figure 4 ISO 22000 Annual Distribution of Certificates

Launched in 2007, 23 ISO 22000 certificates were issued, and annually since 2010, the number of certificates issues has risen to 49.


ISO/TS 16949 (Automotive Quality)

ISOTS 16949




Figure 5 ISO/TS 16949 Annual Distribution of Certificates

The adoption of ISO /TS 16949 has grown from seven in 2004 and 2005, to over 20 annually for the previous 6 years.


ISO 13485 (Medical Device Quality)

ISO 13485




Figure 6 ISO 13485 Annual Distribution of Certificates

Progressive growth has occurred in the uptake of ISO 13485 since 2004. The number of certificates has increased tenfold from its introduction in 2004, where 19 certificates were issued, to 2012 where 193 certificates were issued.


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Achieving Multi-Jurisdictional Compliance

To achieve multi-jurisdictional compliance under standards including ISO 14001 and 50001 and OHSAS 18001, understanding and applying the law of each jurisdiction in which your organisation operates is a necessity.

To this end, there are two key challenges for an organisation operating at multiple sites and/or in multiple jurisdictions:

  1. Understanding the legislation, regulations and directives (‘laws’) pertinent to the activities being undertaken in each jurisdiction
  2. Achieving confidence in the business’s level of compliance with those laws

What at face value appears to be a black and white situation quickly becomes grey as operators dig into the detail of their business.  A number of questions may be exposed:

1.       What jurisdiction(s) am I operating in?

Do you think you are running your business in Spain, Italy, and Germany?  Perhaps you should consider that you actually operate in the Cantabrian Autonomous Community, the Marche Region, and Hesse Lander.  Taking these three, relatively complex, European Union members as an example, in just three countries, you could be operating in 53 jurisdictions (and that does not consider the added complexities of local byelaws which may exist in single cities and provinces).

2.       What level of detail do I need to cover?

From a pragmatic perspective, the creation of central legal registers to collect laws at a European, National, Regional, and Local level should be (in the writer’s opinion) considered in light of the law of diminishing returns.  Any organisation operating in multiple jurisdictions must decide what is important to include in its legal register from an EH&S perspective.

For example, Kirkby Lonsdale in the English County of Cumbria has a local bye-law prohibiting members of the public from jumping off a bridge at a local pleasure spot.  It is fair to say that the benefit of including this bye-law (and assessing compliance against it) in a health & safety register for a local organisation would be marginal at best.

3.       What can I afford to source?

There is also a cost angle to consider: to fully map all the law relevant in the Lugo province in Galicia is likely to require the engagement of a local individual. Alone this might be practical (if that individual can be found). However, can this scale across the other 49 provinces of Spain? In today’s competitive business environment, it is unlikely many organisations will have the financial resources to plough into this kind of activity. To an extent, this is the type of tacit knowledge you might expect your factory manager to have, in much the same way that you expect that he knows to direct 44 tonne trucks down certain roads to avoid structurally weak bridges.

4.       What does my certification auditor expect to see?

As commercial operations, certification bodies are under similar constraints to the organisations they audit with regards to having a full understanding of local law.  The certification body must be given confidence that you present a well-organised, proactive organisation with well-documented legal registers.  However, they are highly unlikely to work through endless lists of local ordinances seeking to ‘catch you out’.

5.       How can we feel confident that compliance is being assessed?

There is one person who really cares about feeling confident about compliance: you – hence this section catching your eye.  You probably sit in a QHSE role responsible for several sites, perhaps at a country or pan-continental level.

But why do you want to feel confident about compliance?  There are two main drivers within the multi-jurisdictional business:

  1. The desire to retain your certification
  2. But most importantly: ensuring that corporate does not find out about non-compliance first through local or national media.

Clauses 4.5.2, 4.3.2 and 4.6.2 of the previously mentioned standards all stipulate a requirement to assess compliance with applicable legislation on an on-going basis.  However, the practical business risk of negative publicity due to non-compliance is at least as important to many businesses.

Central visibility of dispersed activity increases corporate confidence in the operations’ legal compliance.  When implementing an approach to provide confidence on compliance, the QHSE practitioner must consider two things: collecting enough information, balanced against ensuring that any approach taken can be easily mastered by non-specialists.

This can only be effectively achieved at reasonable cost through the delivery of questionnaires via technology – be this MS SharePoint, an internal reporting solution, or a contracted solution like thePegasus Legal Register.


Achieving and maintaining legal compliance can be a huge challenge for companies operating a number of sites across multiple jurisdictions. Addressing this challenge means organisations must take a closer look at their businesses requirements and constraints and make an informed choice about the level of compliance risk that is acceptable to their operations. While there are a number of methods for identifying relevant legislation and monitoring your company’s compliance, cost, comprehensiveness, quality and corporate visibility should all be considered when selecting a solution.


ISO to develop Occupational Health and Safety (OHS)

ISO has recently announced the creation of a new project committee to develop an international standard for occupational health and safety (OH&S).

Wet Floor SignThe standard will provide guidance for improving worker health and safety and will be overseen by ISO Project Committee (PC) 283, Occupational health and safety management systems – requirements.

The secretariat of ISO/PC 283 has been assigned to the British Standards Institution (BSI) and is expected to begin work on transforming the existing OHSAS 18001 standard into a new ISO standard.

The first secretariat meeting is expected in late October 2013 and it will develop the health and safety management system standard in accordance with the general requirements of ISO 9001:2008, the quality management system standard and ISO 14001:2004, the environmental management system standard.




OHSAS 18001 was developed to bridge the gap where no international standard existed for occupational health and safety. It sets out the minimum requirements for occupational health and safety management best practice and its structure is very similar to the ISO 14001 standard for Environmental Management Systems (EMS). A main driver for this standard was to try to remove confusion in the workplace from the proliferation of certifiable occupational health and safety. Since OHSAS 18001 was published in 1999, it has had a hugely successful adoption. By 2009 more than 54,000 certificates had been issued in 16,000 countries.

A key feature of OHSAS 18001 is the need for organisations to ensure employee participation in specific areas of the management system. Involvement should include participation in the hazard/risk and determining controls process, incident investigations, and development and review of policies and objectives. In addition, employees must be consulted on any changes that affect their OH&S as well as representation on OH&S matters. Additionally, consultation with contractors is required where changes may affect their OH&S.

The 18001 standard requires risk reduction considerations according to a 5 step hierarchy: elimination, substitution, engineering controls, signage/warnings and/or administrative controls and lastly, personal protective equipment.

How to gain this standard?

In order for your organisation to gain OHSAS 18001 there are 5 main areas that must be examined by an approved centre. These are:

  1. Occupational health and safety policies
  2. How your organisation conducts planning
  3. Implementation and operational control of resources, roles etc.
  4. How your organisation checks/monitors and evaluates
  5. Examination of your organisation’s management revie

OHSAS 18001 assessment process

The process of OHSAS 18001 implementation will require co-operation and input from the entire management team to develop processes across all areas of the organisation.

Some things you will need to consider:

  • Planning and establishing a framework
  • Establishing roles and responsibilities
  • Processes for hazard identification and risk assessments
  • Reporting and monitoring
  • Documentation
  • Emergency procedures
  • Measure and constantly improve processes
  • Performance reviews
  • Understanding legal obligations
  • Staff training requirements
  • Establish OHSAS checklist

Benefits of OHSAS 18001

  • Helps your organisation create the best possible working conditions for your employees
  • Identifies hazards and puts into place controls for your organisation to manage them
  • Reduces costs and downtime by reducing workplace accidents and illnesses
  • Helps your workforce become more motivated and engage better with one another as your organisation will have safer working conditions
  • Demonstrates to your stakeholders, customers and suppliers that your organisation is compliant

Growth of OHSAS 18001

At Antaris, we have found a growing demand from our client base for support in implementing OHSAS 18001. A survey carried out by the National Standards Authority of Ireland has indicated that 80% of companies believe that implementing standards directly benefits their business, with 73% of those surveyed believing companies that use standards have stronger reputations.

Employers are also increasingly under pressure to ensure that the health and safety of employees is protected against possible occupational risks and that workplace accidents are minimised. This, coupled with the fact that OHSAS 18001 is among one of the most popular standards among Irish companies currently, indicates that companies are very aware of the impact that such standards can have on their organisations.

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Two SQT delegates awarded NEBOSH International Diploma “Best Candidate”

Huge congratulations to our delegates Stephanie Cunningham (Pepsico) and Kevin Marley (Xerox) who achieved overall Joint BEST Candidate for the NEBOSH International Diploma during 2012/2013.  This is a wonderful achievement for them (& SQT!!).

Stephanie said of her Diploma experience with SQT:

“I just completed my NEBOSH International Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety through SQT and under the close guidance of Finbarr Stapleton. Finbarr and SQT gave us clear directions from start to finish in regards to the course, module and exam requirements to facilitate successful completion of this very comprehensive diploma. The course contents are 100% applicable to my work which has helped me to help others to be safe in their daily work environment. Even now I often refer to the excellent course material to get detailed advice on certain H&S related topics. SQT were very supportive throughout the time it took to gain this qualification, which now gives me the scope and knowledge to excel in my current role as HSE professional.”

A NEBOSH qualification is one of the most prestigious and highly respected International qualifications in Health and Safety.

Kevin Marley and our Tutor Finbarr Stapleton at the NEBOSH Graduation & Awards Ceremony


We are now taking bookings for our September course – a number of places have already been filled so book early to avoid disappointment.

NEBOSH International Diploma in Occupational Health & Safety
Commencing 19th September – Blended Learning
(Home Study + 14 Workshops)
Presented by: Finbarr Stapleton
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 Why Risk Going Elsewhere for your NEBOSH Training?

Here’s 7 reasons why you should choose SQT:

  1. We’re Better than the Rest…we regularly exceed the overall NEBOSH exam pass rates year on year. Check out a detailed breakdown of our results to date.
  2. You can Trust us…we have been delivering NEBOSH training for the last 5 years and have helped dozens of people achieve their professional NEBOSH qualification – some even achieving the highest marks internationally!.
  3. Our Tutors are Tuned in…Our lead tutor Finbarr Stapleton has over 25 years of Health & Safety experience and is constantly engaged with industry today.
  4. We do Both…we are the only Irish training provider accredited by NEBOSH to deliver both the NEBOSH International Diploma & Certificate courses. Our course syllabi not only cover International legal frameworks and codes of practice but also Irish legislation.
  5. You Won’t Be on Your Own…our workshop structured course enables discussion and knowledge sharing with your peers throughout the duration of your training.
  6. Our Delegates Couldn’t be Happier…see what our Joint Best NEBOSH Candidate Stephanie Cunningham had to say – she’s a HSE Specialist with PepsiCo Ireland.
  7. Free Access to Legislation Software…book a place on this September’s course and receive FREE access for 3 months to the Pegasus Legal Register (created and maintained by Antaris Consulting).


If the Diploma is not for you…

NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health & Safety
Commencing on 7th October 2013

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Why undertake the NEBOSH International Diploma over other H&S courses?

  • It is the leading Health & Safety qualification for Health & Safety Professionals around the world.
  • It is your first step to becoming a chartered Health & Safety Practitioner. You may apply for Graduate membership of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and full membership of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM).
  • It will provide you with a core of knowledge that is transferable across different occupational sectors around the globe.
  • As an internationally recognised qualification, you can sit your exams anywhere in the world (don’t forget you have up to 5 years to complete them!)
  • Last but by no means the least – there were 48 workplace fatalities reported in 2012 – many of which were preventable. This figure dropped from 54 in 2011and while the figure is heading in the right direction, – the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD noted that ““Every workplace fatality is avoidable and represents a terrible tragedy for a family and a community, and combating workplace fatalities and injuries still represents a huge challenge for both the HSA and employers”.


Interested in taking the next step?

View a full course brochure here – or if you have any queries you can contact Eilish on 061 339040 or email ecummins@sqt.ie.


Coming Soon…

NEBOSH International Certificate in Fire Safety & Risk Management


NEBOSH Certificate in Environmental Management

Email us to register your interest


Free Webinars – Compliance – Health & Safety, Environment, Energy etc.

We are delighted to bring you two free webinars from Antaris Consulting.  Antaris provide SQT’s Quality, Health & Safety, Environment & Energy Training courses.

 1.      Can the threat of adverse publicity motivate companies to achieve legal compliance?


This webinar explores the question ‘Have adverse publicity orders lead to more effective regulatory compliance?’  You will have the opportunity to learn about current trends in multi-jurisdictional compliance and hear from one of our senior consultants, Cheryl Robertson. Cheryl has previously worked in the oil and gas industry in Environment and Health & Safety. Cheryl is a senior consultant with Antaris, with over ten years’ experience in the field of consulting, specialising in Environmental Management and Integrated Management Systems with Environment, Health & Safety and Quality.

2.      Delivering Multi-Jurisdictional Compliance


This webinar looks at how multi-national companies can overcome the challenges of delivering multi-jurisdictional compliance. This webinar is delivered by Gerard Higgins, the CEO of Antaris Consulting and has over 20 years’ experience in Environment, Health and Safety.

For more information, visit Antaris website


Health and Safety at work

A look at the statistics for fatal workplace injuries shows that the annual number of fatalities for 2012 has reduced. This is to be welcomed. Allowing for the decrease in construction activity, the number of fatalaties is still decreasing.

The following table shows workplace fatalities for the years 2008 to 2012.

Fatal Workplace Statistics

A closer look at figures for each year by economic sector shows that the greatest number of fatalities occur in agriculture, almost half the 2012 fatalities.

We are only looking at workplace fatalities, there are still workplace injuries to be considered.

Even if the overall statistics are improving, family and friends of another 39 people will be grieving this Christmas.

Health and Safety at work is surely everyone’s business.

Source HSA Website


Congratulations to our successful students on the NEBOSH International Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety course

Our latest cohort of students of the NEBOSH International Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety just received their results and we are delighted to report an overall pass rate of 98% across all three exams. This compares with a NEBOSH pass rate of 55% for the three exams across all centres offering this course.

Sincere congratulations to all students and to their tutor Finbarr Stapleton.

The NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety meets the academic requirements for Technician Membership (Tech IOSH) of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH – www.iosh.co.uk) and Associate membership (AIIRSM) of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM – www.iirsm.org).

Our next NEBOSH International Certificate course commences on 8th October.


Course Provider reputation most important for students according to latest NEBOSH research

A NEBOSH survey carried out during the first half of this year among 1,600 successful Certificate level students, revealed that Course Provider reputation was far more important than course cost for example, when deciding who to study with.

The survey showed the relative importance of the following factors in choosing a course provider:
– Reputation 30%
– Location 22%
– Study Method 11%
– Availability of dates 10%
– Cost 6%

“These are very interesting findings,” said NEBOSH Accreditation Manager, Matthew Powell-Howard, who led the study. “The survey clearly shows that building a strong reputation through recommendation from students, employers and other influential parties is vital.”

“The study also showed that students tend to judge the performance of their Course Provider primarily by the relationship they have with their tutor.” Maintaining the same tutor was also important. Less satisfied students tended to have several different tutors.

We here, at SQT, found this NEBOSH research encouraging.

We would hope that the solid reputation we have built up in delivering both the NEBOSH International Diploma and Certificate in Occupational Health & Safety is evident to prospective students.

Objective evidence includes:
– Feedback from delegates who attended the last 2 Diploma and Certificate courses revealed that 90% were fully or very well satisfied with their course.
– Exam results reveal that SQT candidates consistently out-perform NEBOSH averages for all providers. In a spirit of openness and transparancy, we publish all NEBOSH exam results on our website.

SQT always has the same tutor deliver the full NEBOSH courses. Finbarr Stapleton is our NEBOSH tutor and has extensive experience of deliverering both the NEBOSH International Certificate and Diploma in Occupational Health & Safety.

We are currently taking bookings on the next NEBOSH Diploma course commencing on 20th September and the next NEBOSH Certificate course commencing on 8th October.

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