I was going through one of my flash drives and found this webinar that I co-created and delivered back in 2014. Given the current climate for Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS) I thought some people could use this today.
I don’t think this was the final copy, BV has that and I can’t find it on their website anywhere. So, I thought I would use mine and see if it can help explain to some of those new safety guys out there a bit more about SEMS and SEMS II.
It’s really quite simple, but so many make it hard when it doesn’t need to be. Here is the key to understanding the basics of SEMS and SEMS II.
- You must have a written SEMS plan
- It must be known by your employees (they need to know where to find it)
- You will be audited (both in the field and in the office)
- You will be held accountable against what YOUR plan states
It’s that easy. If you say you have a way of doing things, then do it. I’ve come across so many companies that have a written plan that state they do something this particular way, then they do it another way. That’s when the auditors will ding you. As your program grows, the auditors will hold you to a higher standard.
Go to the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), 30 part 250 and you will find what you MUST have as a minimum in your plan. Then, you can build from there. I’ve built a few SEMS plans for various companies, it isn’t hard, but does require thought and top management commitment, which is sometimes hard to come by with smaller companies.
Anyway, enjoy the presentation. If I can find my copy with my notes, I’ll include it. If you need any help with SEMS, let me know. I am SEMS lead-auditor trained and have been involved with this for many years.