Electricity Supply Board
BAT Assessments, Auditing, Risk Assessments
In 2002, the Electricity Supply Board (ESB) identified the need to carry out a comparative assessment of the health and safety performance of its numerous, country-wide and internationally located businesses. ESB decided to commission Antaris and the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) to undertake this review of its business units including Networks, Power Generation, Consultancy and Commercial activities. This assessment was to be carried out in order to evaluate the “health” of the health and safety management system of each business unit, and to measure and ultimately improve its health and safety performance.
In order to compare the performance of the different locations, Antaris and NSAI developed a benchmarking assessment software tool (BAT), which was modelled on the requirements of OHSAS 18001, the occupational health and safety management system standard, and customized to reflect the particular health and safety issues within the ESB.
Together we defined a BAT model based on seven sets of “drivers” and three sets of “results”. The “drivers” specified what an organisation should do in order to implement an effective health and safety management system and encompassed all of the requirements of OHSAS 18001. The “results” detailed outcomes achieved through implementation of the drivers and demonstrated a commitment to continual improvement and best practice.
Each “driver” and “result” were assessed by means of a set of questions, which were scored on a scale of 1 to 5 based on the response of the business unit to the questions.
Antaris and NSAI assessed in excess of 120 locations and developed a software to capture the findings and produce a benchmarking assessment report for each site.
As a result, Antaris and NSAI helped the ESB to map out the health and safety performance across the various units and identify opportunities for improvement. This resulted in a marked reduction in the number of accidents and incidents. The benchmark assessment process also accelerated the drive for certification to OHSAS 18001 throughout the ESB.
‘ESB has operations in a large number of countries worldwide. As we strive towards our goals of zero injuries to staff and minimising our impact on the environment we are also aware of the need to comply with the varying legal obligations that apply to these matters in different jurisdictions. Keeping abreast of evolving relevant legislation is a critical challenge for our company. I have found that the TMS Register of Legislation and Compliance Tool provides me with a tailored and cost-effective means of meeting this need and gives me the assurance that we are up to date regarding our statutory safety and environmental obligations’
Owen Wilson, Manager Group Health, Safety and Environment, ESB
Implementation of OHSAS 18001:2007
Continuous improvement, legal compliance and superior management of internal matters are at the heart of corporate strategy for Cara Partners, a bulk pharmaceutical manufacturer based in Little Island Industrial Estate in County Cork. Cara Partners is a French-German joint venture which manufactures a standardised Extract of Ginkgo Biloba, an active pharmaceutical ingredient (API). In support of its continuous improvement strategy, Cara Partners decided to implement a management system based on the requirements of the OHSAS 18001, international health and safety management standard. The company selected Antaris to provide assistance and support in implementing this highly recognised health and safety management system.
At the beginning of the project, we conducted a baseline evaluation of Cara Partners’ health and safety performance and used it as the basis for the new health and safety management system. The review also helped to identify health and safety legal requirements. An online register of health and safety legislation was developed using Antaris’ software application Pegasus Legal Register. Pegasus was also used to assess the company’s compliance with relevant legislation and to generate an improvement action plan. Cara Partners conducted hazard identification and risk assessments in a wide range of specialist areas, including ATEX, HAZOP, chemical exposure, manual handling, ergonomics, legionella and occupational hygiene. We worked with the company to ensure that the documented assessments met the requirements of the standard. We also developed a health and safety manual which provided a road map to the overall system and references to all documents and records required by the standard. The OHSAS 18001 Management System was further documented, including the OHS Policy, Emergency Plan, Safety Statement, and operational health and safety procedures, based on existing materials where possible. Objectives and targets were documented in a Health and Safety Management Programme, linked to the risk assessment programme and the register of legislation. We carried out a comprehensive pre-assessment audit of the management system and provided support in the corrective and preventive action process.
As a result of this successful cooperation between Cara Partners and Antaris, the company achieved certification to the OHSAS 18001 in early 2009. Implementation of the certified management system has helped Cara Partners to deliver improvements in health and safety performance and to increase the levels of employees’ involvement in the improvement process. We continue to assist the company in maintaining their health and safety management system as required. This ensures a high level of efficiency due to the familiarity with the system in place and flexibility in the level of involvement.
‘We use Antaris to help us comply with the vast regulations regarding health and safety in the workplace. In addition to this Antaris help us with different aspects of our management systems, including audits, inspections and procedures. The Pegasus on-line compliance tool is excellent and the people are very knowledgeable.’
Richard Meaney, Health & Safety Officer, Cara Partners