January 21, 2016, 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Please join the Pittsburgh AIHA on Thursday, January 21, 2016 for a presentation/discussion on the topic of ISO 45001, the new standard currently being developed by ISO (International Organization for Standardization).
Topic Background: ISO is developing an occupational health and safety (OH&S) management system standard (ISO 45001) which is intended to enable organizations to manage their OH&S risks and improve their OH&S performance. The implementation of an OH&S management system will be a strategic decision for an organization that can be used to support its sustainability initiatives, ensuring people are safer and healthier and increase profitability at the same time. Click HERE for an overview of ISO 45001, which provides requirements for an effective OH&S management system
Session Abstract: If we are Doing All the “Right” Things, Why are Workers still dying?
The soon-to-be-published ISO 45001 Standard has been called one of the most significant consensus standard development activities in the last 50 years. Its potential to radically shift the development and delivery of occupational health and safety management globally is being watched by many OSH professionals. With less than a year before its expected publication, it is not too early to be begin preparing your organization. This presentation will provide a framework for understanding the ISO standard setting process and the role of the US Technical Advisory Group (TAG) for ISO Program Committee (PC) 283 in advancing US position on the development of the standard. It will also cover the development of a strategic plan within your organization in advance of and following the standard’s final publication.
Pam Walaski, CSP, CHMM
Pam Walaski is the Director, Health & Safety for GAI Consultants, Inc. an engineering, planning, environmental, and economic consulting firm with 25 offices across the eastern US. GAI has been in business for 55 years of experience and is headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA.
Pam has been a Professional member of ASSE for many years and has been actively involved in a number of Chapter, Regional and Society initiatives. She is currently the Keystone Area Director for Region VIII; a member of the Council on Professional Affairs; the Student Section Liaison for the Western PA Chapter; and a member of the US TAG for PC 283. She was part of the development team for the highly acclaimed ASSE Risk Assessment Certificate program and is one of the current instructors. In recent years she was the Administrator of the Consultants Practice Specialty and the Vice Chair of the Council on Practices and Standards.
She has written man articles for professional Safety and various newsletters as well as the author of Risk and Crisis Communications, punished by John Wiley & Sons in 2011; a Section Coordinator for the Safety Professionals Handbook and one of the editors of the recently published Consultants Business Development Guide.
Pam was awarded the CoPS SPY in 2014 and the Charles V. Culbertson Outstanding Volunteer Service Award in 2015.
Pam is a lifelong resident of the Pittsburgh area, where she lives with her husband and two teen age children. She loves to travel, bike the local rails to trails and fly fish.