What is OHSAS ISO 18001?
The aim of this assessment is to determine whether or not an organisation has implemented certain OHSAS best practice guidelines in order to prevent work related injuries and illnesses. Certification is only awarded when a company’s management system has been examined, approved and registered by a third party.
Basic requirements of OHSAS 18001 include:
1) Risk assessment should be conducted to determine the safety hazards and they should be ranked according to priority.
2) Management of health and safety must be carried out at all levels within the organization.
3) Health and safety audits should be conducted continuously.
OHSAS 18001 Processes
As stated in the guideline, onsite inspections are generally required for companies to establish a formal health and safety management system. This is where an organisation of OHSAS 18001 certification bodies will visit the company to ensure it meets all requirements stipulated within the standard. To maintain their certificate, companies must submit to an annual assessment of their system.
A five-year re-assessment cycle will be initiated at the end of the first three years after initial certification and companies must continue to comply with OHSAS 18001 standards in order to maintain accreditation. Failure to do so may result in withdrawal of accreditation.
After certification, companies will have to continue to maintain compliance with the OHSAS 18001 standard. Any infractions or non-compliance noted during audit may result in suspension of their certificate and withdrawal of accreditation.
Why OHSAS 18001 Matters
Since most organisations are now more concerned about their bottom line than they ever were before, it has become increasingly important for them to take proactive measures to reduce the risks of workplace accidents and injuries.
Though it is impossible for a business to completely eliminate all potential safety hazards, most companies that have gone through the certification process have found that once the OHSAS 18001 management system has been established in their organisation, they are less likely to be subject to fines as a result of any accidents that may occur in the future.
Establishing an effective and efficient OHSAS 18001 management system demands a lot from company managers who must be constantly on top of the different safety related tasks at their workplace.
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We review your existing management systems in relation to requirements of the relevant standards for certification.
Stage 1 Audit
A review of your management system(s) documentation is undertaken as the first step in the certification process.
The Certification Audit is conducted on site to verify that you have implemented the management system across your organisation.
Years 2 & 3: Certification Maintenance
We will conduct an annual Surveillance Audit to check the ongoing implementation of management systems across your organisation.
With the OHSAS ISO 18001 standard, you can
Maintain a safer and healthier work environment: Implementing OHSAS ISO 18001 standard will help reduce accidents and injuries at your workplace, contributing to safer and healthier environment.
Decrease downtime: Ill and injured employees decrease productivity levels. The OHSAS ISO 18001 is aimed at safety, ensuring that all of your employees will work in a safe environment.
Decrease costs: Implementing this standard can protect your business from legal actions and limit/eliminate fines. Additionally, may allow you to get lower insurance premiums.
Boost employee morale: With the implementation of this standard, it has been consistently proven that workforce delivers a better performance.
Demonstrate your commitment: Implementing an OHS management system shows that you are committed to the safety of your employees.
Earn credibility: The OHSAS 18001 builds your credibility by ascertaining that your business follows a standardised occupational health and safety management system.