GEHS 7290 - International Management Standards for EH&S, 3 credits
This course introduces important EHS management systems for multinational companies from the U.S. and other countries. While an overview of many management system approaches will be provided, the course focus will be on the common elements found in them, and four primary approaches; the International Labor Organization's (ILO) OHSMS, ISO 14001, ANSI Z10, and the British OHSAS 18001. Rationale for the selection of various approaches will be examined. Following an introduction to various approaches, implementation and evaluation issues will be presented and discussed. Students will gain an understanding of a wide range of conformity assessment issues and management system auditing; attention will be given to the general ISO structure and the defining role of this organization. The role of ISO 19011 auditing guidelines is presented. The domestic and international policy implications suggested in the transition from traditional governmental command-and-control EHS regulations to voluntary management system approaches is discussed. Methods to integrate different management systems and continually improve them are presented. Finally, EHS management systems will be examined within the context of evolving ISO standards for Social Responsibility (ISO 26000) and Risk Management (ISO 31000).
Course Learning Objectives
The student will be able to:
1. Describe different management systems in use throughout the world.
2. Summarize of key management system definitions and distinctions.
3. Apply the rationale for 1) using a management system approach to reduce EHS risk, and 2) selecting a specific approach.
4. Develop the ability to successfully implement an EHS management system.
5. Define the role that existing organizational structures have on implementation.
6. Discuss the difference between traditional EHS auditing and management system evaluation.
7. Develop skills in how to conduct management system evaluations.
8. Describe management system conformity assessment structures and the role of ISO.
9. Illustrate how to integrate management systems with traditional EHS programs and other systems.
10. Discuss how the evolving management system approaches, and their conformity assessment structures affect existing regulatory approaches and public policy.
11. Illustrate how EHS management systems can be a driver to integrate the EHS function within an organization.
12. Describe how EHS management systems can support an organization’s Corporate Social Responsibility efforts.
13. Develop confidence for making a difference in their organization.