Health and Safety
CASS has adopted the CASS Health, Safety, Environment and Quality (HSEQ) management system standard, which is mandatory for all CASS Group businesses. While the primary focus of this Standard is to manage health, safety and environmental performance, quality management has also been integrated to provide for businesses with quality programmes.
Managing health, safety and environment
Heath, safety and environmental issues present significant risks to CASS, both to individual businesses and to the Group. To address these risks, CASS has begun developing an HSE programme, whereby all Group businesses are required to meet the same standard of practice. Policies, strategies, standards, internal controls, performance indicators and targets, are developed centrally to help manage risk and improve HSE performance. This programme will support individual businesses to achieve their performance objectives as well as the Group as a whole. CASS HSE policies and standards are mandatory and all Group businesses are required to implement them as part of the HSE development programme. However, businesses are encouraged to develop additional policies and approaches that can best meet their individual needs, operating environments and products.
Why does HSE need an integrated management system?
To ensure we have a common approach to managing HSE performance and achieve ongoing improvement across CASS, we need to focus on the systematic identification, management and improvement of the areas of our business that can present risk. This approach applies to the management of health, safety and the environment across our business activities.Implementing one system (rather than having a number of individual systems to manage each area) brings together all requirements for quality, occupational health and safety and the environment. This enables us to:
- Centrally identify, evaluate and manage risk across the business.
- Centrally manage requirements for international standards certification.
- Rationalise resources.
- Reduce complexity.
- Improve performance.
- Maintain and enhance reputation.
Once implemented, an integrated management system helps businesses better develop their own policy, establish appropriate objectives and targets, implement processes to achieve policy commitments and take the required action to address risks and improve performance. It also provides a platform for them to be able to demonstrate ongoing conformance to the CASS HSE standards.
How does the HSEQ management system standard work?
This Standard details the requirements for CASS Group businesses to implement an integrated system for the management of health, safety, environment and, (where relevant) quality. It is designed on the principles of continual improvement and adopts the methodology of Plan, Do, Check and Review (Figure 1). The structure of the management system generally follows the layout of common international standards such as; ISO 14001, (Environment); OHSAS 18001 and AS/NZS 4801 (Health and Safety); ISO 9001 (Quality).
The management system standard is divided into seventeen elements. Each element sets out to achieve a specific objective that enables the business to best identify and manage its various HSEQ threats and opportunities. Every element includes a number of clauses, which spell out the minimum requirements to meet each objective.
While all CASS businesses must meet the requirements of this Standard, each business’s management system may differ depending on its needs. That is, the level of detail and complexity of the management system (and the extent of the documentation and resources devoted to it) depends on the nature and scale of the business activities. At all times, businesses are encouraged to take a pragmatic approach.
Figure 1 – The CASS HSEQ management system standard’s continual improvement cycle showing the four continuous cycle phases.
Figure 2 – The CASS HSEQ management system standard’s continual improvement cycle showing the four phases & the seventeen elements.
Compatibility with certified international management systems
The CASS HSEQ management system standard is working towards being consistent with ISO 14001, (Environment); OHSAS 18001 and AS/NZS 4801 (Health and Safety); ISO 9001 (Quality); and equivalent international standards. If a business or site’s management system conforms to the CASS HSEQ management system standard, it will when completed comply with all the certification requirements of these international standards.
When ready CASS will appoint a global certification provider to audit against the HSEQ management system standard and issue certificates relevant to the defined scope of the businessor site’s management system. The audit is to be conducted as part of the HSEQ business conformance audit programme.
Interpreting the Quality requirements
Wherever practicable, Quality management has been integrated into each requirement of the Standard. Where Quality may be separated from HSEQ, because of a business scope or need, it has be placed in square brackets eg HSE[Q]. Standalone Quality management system requirements are identified by the symbol [Q] at the beginning of a clause.
A business may still elect to implement all or part of the Quality components of the Standard, alongside the mandatory HSE scope, and not seek certification to ISO 9001 as they recognise the benefits from integrating such practices into their business activities.
The CASS Group HS&E integrated standard.