SQA Lead Auditor attends ASSE SeminarFest 2014

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March 03, 2014

Smithers Quality Assessments, Inc. is always looking to provide our auditors and staff with opportunities for professional development and continuing education. Earlier this year, we sent SQA Lead Auditor Jared Gravatt to the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) SeminarFest 2014 in Las Vegas, NV. This three day event offers essential technical, management, and skill development topics for the Safety, Health, and Environmental professional. Jared returned from the ASSE SeminarFest 2014 with increased knowledge of the industry and shared the following summaries of the courses which he attended.

 About Jared Gravatt, SQA Lead Auditor:

Jared Gravatt is an SQA Lead Auditor in ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, ISO 9001, RCMS and RC14001. He has over 8 years of experience in Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety, as well as extensive experience as a project manager. Jared is also a Certified Professional Environmental Auditor (CPEA).

Course 1: Occupational Risk Assessment Strategies – Paul Esposito, CIH, CSP

The focus of this session was to provide tools to aid in the assessment & analysis of safety hazards & risks.  The most common tool is in the form of a matrix.  The matrix used during the course of this session can be found in Appendix of the ANSI Z-10 standard.  This matrices, and others like it, aid in prioritizing risks based on severity (death to minor first aid) & likelihood (frequent to improbable).  From this determination, a risk level is defined (i.e. high, serious, medium, low).  The focus will then be to use the hierarchy of controls to reduce the level of the high priority risks.  Once controls are in place, the hazard is reevaluated to determine if the risk level has been reduced to a “tolerable” level.  A tolerable level is one in which the risk has been reduced to a level that can be endured by the organization having regard to its legal obligations and its own policy. 

 About the Instructor:

Since July of 2007 Mr. Paul Esposito has been Vice President with ESIS Global Risk Control Services. ESIS is a global consulting company - part of ACE INA Insurance Co - with over 500 representatives worldwide. Paul's role is to assist ESIS customers in implementation, delivery and assessment (audit) capabilities, to include the development of strategic planning, leading metrics, management systems, etc. Prior to joining ESIS, Paul spent eleven years as President and Owner of STAR Consultants, Inc. Paul regularly consults on and teaches Management Systems, Strategic Planning, and Risk Assessment for customers around the world and at conferences throughout the US, respectively.

 Course 2: The ANSI Z10 (2012) For Continual SH&E Improvement – James Howe, CSP

The focus of this seminar was to provide an overview of the ANSI Z10 standard for safety, health & environmental improvements.  While the focus of this standard is on health and safety performance improvement, it is easily integrated with other management systems, such as ISO 14001 (the environmental management system standard).  This standard, much like the more widely known, OHSAS 18001 standard on health & safety management, provides a systematic focus on improving the organization’s overall health & safety performance.  The Z10 standard takes its approach to management a step further by incorporating employee participation (section 3.2) in the process.  By engaging employees, in health & safety risk identification, the organization is better able to management and ultimately reduce incidents, accidents and near misses.  Another area in which this standard controls risks is through sections 5.1.4 & 5.1.5.  These sections deal with procurement & contractors.  By evaluating products & services, before they are brought into the facility, the organization is better able to identify potential risk increases to the organization and its employees.

 About the Instructor:

James Howe, CSP, is president of Safety Solutions, a consulting firm specializing in management systems and the application of systems thinking to safety and health. He is chair of the ANSI Z10 Accredited Standards Committee on Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems. Jim teaches seminars on ANSI Z10 during national conferences by the American Industrial Hygiene Association and the American Society of Safety Professionals.  In addition, he has been a member of ANSI committees on machinery safeguarding, lockout, robot safety and risk assessment. James is a frequent  speaker at major safety and health conferences throughout the United States and he is the 1997 recipient of the Michigan Safety Conference’s Michigan Safety Professional of the Year award.

 Course 3: Analytics For Safety:  A New Approach To Performance Measurement – Todd Hohn, CSP

 The focus of this session was to provide an overview of how safety analytics can be used in the work place.  To understand how this can be used, one must understand what it is.  Safety analytics is “the science of studying the underlying causes of and contributing factors to workplace accidents.”  This may sound like what safety professionals have been doing all along, but what is new is the amount and range of data that can be analyzed.  In addition, the use of leading indicators vs lagging indicators helps in taking preventative actions instead of corrective actions when it comes in safety performance.  Some of the biggest leading indicators, that can be used, to predict potential workplace accidents, are management support/accountability (i.e. % of jobs preplanned), employee involvement (i.e. # of safety committee projects, successes & suggestions), and inspections/audits/observations (i.e. # of inspections & observations) to name a few.  These coupled with a tool, such as a Risk Severity Index (RSI) or Failure Mode & Effects Analysis (FMEA) in which the severity, probability, frequency, and/or more, can be used to prioritize the most urgent safety and health risks.  Safety analytics is not only helping in driving workforce safety and health programs, but also in overall business performance.

 About the Instructor:

Todd Hohn, CSP is vice president of strategic resources at PureSafety, provider of innovative software and information solutions that empower and unite professionals enterprise-wide to improve workforce health, safety and overall business performance. He is also a frequent presenter, facilitator and speaker on topics ranging from management accountability to efficiency and productivity.

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