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Background Information on SHEQ

SHEQ stands for Safety, Health, Environmental and Quality.

Health,  and Safety  Management

Occupational Health and Safety  is a network of interrelated elements.  These elements include processes, practices,  procedures, resources, functions, activities and responsibilities.  The above mentioned elements are used to establish occupational health and safety objectives, programs, plans, and policies. 

What is OHSAS 18001?

OHSAS 18001 is an assessment specification for Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems. It was developed in response to the need for companies to meet their health and safety obligations in an efficient manner.It is intended to help organizations control occupational health and safety compliance risks.  It was developed in response to widespread demand for a recognized standard against which to be certified and assessed. 

Enivironmental Management

An Environmental Management System (EMS) has the aim of ensuring that all businesses, whether public or private, as well as governmental agencies, limit their negative impact on the environment while continuing to function in an efficient manner. The ISO 14000 Environmental standard is the internationally accepted standard for environmental management systems.   An environmental management system is built on a structure which includes process planning, principle application, outcome monitoring, and operation correction.  An environmental management system is thus designed to improve business operations and efficiently reduce environmental impact. 

What is  ISO 14000?

The ISO 14000 environmental management standards exist to help organizations minimize the impact of their operations on the environment in which they operate. It specifies requirements for establishing an environmental policy, determining environmental aspects and impacts of products/ activities/services, planning environmental objectives and measurable targets, implementation and operation of programs to meet objectives and targets, checking and corrective action, and management review.

An environmental management system can do the following for your business:

  • Improves your image;
  • Improves your environmental performance;
  • Enables your business to comply with present and future environmental regulations;
  • Helps to reduce waste at source;
  • Increases your profits and saves you money; and
  • Enhances your overall productivity.

Quality Management

A Quality Management System (QMS) can be described as the formal record of the way an organization manages the quality of its various services and products.  The ISO 9001 quality standard is the internationally accepted standard for quality management systems.  In order for organizations to consistently achieve their objectives they need to have a quality management system in place that has been consciously established rather than evolving by chance.  This requires top management to view the organization as a complete system; a set of interrelated processes which includes tasks, resources, and consistent behaviours, all working towards organizational objectives.

What is ISO9001?

ISO 9001 entails a systematic and orderly approach to manage your quality management system rather than the quality of your services or products. The main principles  of QMS are:

  • Organizational Structure
  • Responsibilities
  • Methods
  • Data Management
  • Processes
  • Resources
  • Customer Satisfaction
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Monitoring
  • Product Quality.

 The main Factors to consider during a Quality Management System Implementation include

  • Determine the improvements necessary within the organization;
  • Depending on the above: determine the quality management system applicable; and
  • Determine the department(s) and process (es) where the quality management system is needed.

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