RDO Equipment Co. Achieves ISO 45001 Certification

RDO Equipment Co. Founded in 1968, RDO Equipment Co. sells and supports agriculture, construction, environmental, irrigation, positioning, and surveying equipment from leading manufacturers, including John Deere, Vermeer, and Topcon. RDO Equipment Co. is a total solutions provider with more than 75 locations across the United States and partnerships in Africa, Australia, Mexico and Ukraine. RDO contacted ECSI for assistance in developing an Occupational Health and Safety Management System to help improve its OHS performance.

RDO also wanted to show its business partners, customers and employees, their commitment to keeping employees safe. RDO chose to align the OHS management system with ISO 45001. They also decided to initially seek certification from an accredited certification body for their corporate headquarters and one of the company stores. Their intention is to certify the remaining 42 stores over the year or so. ECSI conducted an initial gap assessment that helped RDO identify gaps that needed to be filled before getting certified.

Gaps were entered into a database application tool (CorrectTrack) and assigned to the OHSMS implementation team for follow-up. One of the gaps identified was the need for a comprehensive Job Hazard/Job Safety analysis. ECSI helped develop process maps that supported JHA/JSA development at one of the RDO maintenance facilities. Below is an example of how the results of the JHA/JSA risk analysis were recorded.

This tool helped RDO evaluate the effectiveness of existing risk controls and identify priority hazards for additional risk reduction. The tool also helped internal auditors identify what material risks need to be audited during the internal audit process.

ECSI also helped RDO train its internal auditors in performing audits to the ISO 45001 standard. This was done in a three day combined internal audit training and actual audit at the corporate headquarters and one of the RDO maintenance facilities. ECSI assisted RDO in preparing for several management review meetings that were conducted prior to the Stage 1 and Stage 2 audits by an accredited certification body. Congratulations RDO on a successful outcome to the ISO 45001 implementation and certification process.

NASA Kennedy Space Center – ISO 14001 Internal Auditor Training

OV-104 in Flight (NASA Photo)

Recently we delivered an internal auditor training course at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) near Orlando, Florida. The two day ISO 14001 Internal Auditor course was delivered to a group of 17 NASA employees and KSC contractors. The classroom was within walking distance of the enormous Vehicle Assembly Building, the tallest one story building in the world.

We had a few hours before and after the course and the NASA folks gave us a wonderful behind the screens tour of the Orbiter Service Building where we were able to walk around directly beneath the Orbiter Atlantis (OV-104) as it was being serviced after its recent mission (STS-135). We also visited the Vehicle Assembly Building where the Orbiter Endeavor (OV-105) was being prepared for transport to the California Science Center. Apparently Atlantis is to remain at the KSC in “partial readiness” to fly again, which was the buzz around KSC during our visit. We also got a tour of the recently constructed LEED Platinum Certified NASA Propellants North building which has received several awards for its design.

Endeavour at VSB 10/24/2011

The training course we developed and delivered was specially designed to incorporate the elements of EO13423 and the KSC EMS documentation. The two day training helped refresh NASA internal auditor understanding of effective methods for performing value added process audits. The wide variety of processes and potential environmental impacts at KSC make internal auditing of the NASA operations and contractors especially challenging.

We are planning another trip to KSC to perform Phase II of the training. This phase will involve students participating in an actual internal audit at KSC. This 2 day process based EMS audit will demonstrate process audit techniques and coach NASA internal auditors in planning, implementing and reporting phases of effective internal audits

Here is a link to more information on our Internal Auditor Training courses.