Depending on the Industry sector, the minimum legal standards for organisations in terms of Occupational Health and Safety are:
Basic environmental legal compliance entail:
Aside from supplementary statutory requirements such as the National Road Traffic Act and Regulations or the National Building Regulations, it is vital to understand and comply to the following specifications:
Many Health, Safety, Environmental and Quality (HSEQ) professionals, however, overlook the facilitation of compliance to specific requirements from the relevant local authorities and professional registration bodies. Subject Matter Experts who are familiar with the respective industry codes of practice and protocols can make an invaluable contribution to HSEQ legal compliance.
The benefits are not only the prevention of harm to employees, society and the environment, but includes the accuracy of the corresponding insurance mechanisms and ultimately the reduction of unnecessary risk costs.
The option of an Enterprise-wide HSEQ Management System is best suited to organisations comprising of several business units, usually across provincial and / or national borders. The success of this level of conformance is dependent on the level of sophistication achieved in self-regulation.
It vital to establish a Sustainable Strategy with the short- and long-term goals in mind of both the shareholders and stakeholders. Tailored standards, policies and procedures should be developed to ensure a mandated terms of reference. These standards, along with corporate objectives are cascaded throughout all the relevant levels and functions, including all of the supply chain and operations.
The most popular guidelines used for the establishment of objectives and targets are (SMART):
Consistency, unity and continuous improvement are some of the very evident benefits arising from an Enterprise-Wide framework. It will align the entire organisation, including all internal and external stakeholders, to the customised business-model.
Integrated HSEQ Risk Management systems that are based on standards such as:
A crystal clear organisational strategy should be integrated into all the relevant business processes to ensure a fluent implementation and continual improvement. The challenges and implications of an imbalanced strategy are well known by risk managers across all industries.
These implication could include:
The ‘root cause’ of this imbalanced risk strategy is the inaccurate alignment of interests within the organisation. The technocratic approach is still very prevalent in many industries, as opposed to the flip-side of the coin, being the sustainable approach. It shouldn’t be a surprise considering the long, ongoing battle between profit and integrity.
For example, the quality management system conforms to an international standard, because it is market driven. The occupational health, safety and environmental legal compliance, on the other hand, is barely achieved and this is evident in the budget. Thus the efforts to achieve the organisational objectives are futile.
The solution consists of two key ingredients: Risk integration and optimisation. In practical terms, a risk strategy that integrates all the relevant disciplines within a consistent framework. A good example would be to make use of the BSI’s ‘Annex SL’ standard protocol for the relevant disciplines. Consequently, this ‘Integrated Management System’ should be optimised and aligned with the organisation’s immediate and long-term objectives.
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“A well-governed company takes a longer-term view that integrates environmental and social responsibilities in analyzing risks, discovering opportunities and allocating capital in the best interests of share-owners. There can be no better way to restore public confidence in both businesses and markets and build a prosperous future.”Georg Kell | Executive Director, UN Global Compact