SESHA 2017 Symposium Abstract

ISO/OHSAS Conformance vs. Health Safety & Environmental Compliance are they equivalent?

Zimmerman, Michael
(J3M, Inc.)

This technical presentation will provide an introduction to the ISO 14001 EMS standard and OHSAS 18001 standard and conformance with the shall statements. We will discuss the continual improvement objectives in the ISO and OHSAS standards. We will discuss the fact that the ISO and OHSAS standards assume a site is in compliance with the health safety & environmental regulations/laws and that it is trying to go above and beyond the agency requirements. At the same time, we will also discuss the similarities and differences between "conformance" with the ISO and OHSAS standards and "compliance" with health safety & environmental regulations/laws. It's often a misconception that these two go hand in hand. This technical presentation is meant for a wide variety of interested parties including EHS management, consultants, regulators, etc.