What is OHSAS ISO 18001?

The OHSAS ISO 18001 is an occupational health and safety management system (OHSAS) which has been designed to help businesses develop health and safety objectives and implement practices. The system provides a structured and methodical approach for identifying risks and then eliminating them.

The standard is compatible with EMS and other international management systems.

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Employee safety must be a priority for every business. Reducing and eliminating workplace injuries should be a humane imperative but consistently working and healthy employees are also good business sense.

Businesses and enterprises who are committed to this approach can take advantage of ISO 18001 – International Organisation for Standard’s Occupational Health and Safety protocols.

Originally, ISO 18001 certification was a British Standard for occupational health and safety management systems. Compliance with it enabled organisations to demonstrate that they had a system in place for occupational health and safety. Sometimes referred to as OHSAS 18001 certification, organisations worldwide recognised the need to control and improve health and safety performance and to do so with occupational health and safety management systems.

OHSAS 18001 Occupational Health and Safety Management Certification is an international standard which provides a framework to identify, control and decrease the risks associated with health and safety within the workplace. Implementing the standard will send a clear signal to your stakeholders that you view employee’s health and safety as a priority within your organisation.

Increasingly, larger numbers of organisations completed OHSAS 18001 certification. Employers were under increasing pressure to ensure that a rigorous health and safety policy was in place protecting employees against possible occupational risks and reducing the likelihood of accidents in the workplace. By planning ahead an organisation could also identify health and safety risks and conform to health and safety legislation.

By following guidelines with ISO 18001 certification this outcome became more readily achievable. OHSAS 18001 certification ensures health and well-being of employees, sub- contractors and the public – all desirable outcomes for maintaining a profitable and smooth running business.

The implementation of ISO 18001 creates minimisation of liability of employers through adoption of proactive rather than reactive controls.

To find out more about implementing OHSAS 18001 contact a reputable auditing company.

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The Process

STEP 1

Pre-Assesment

We review your existing management systems in relation to requirements of the relevant standards for certification.

STEP 2

Stage 1 Audit

A review of your management system(s) documentation is undertaken as the first step in the certification process.

STEP 3

Certification Audit

The Certification Audit is conducted on site to verify that you have implemented the management system across your organisation.

STEP 4

Years 2 & 3: Certification Maintenance

We will conduct an annual Surveillance Audit to check the ongoing implementation of management systems across your organisation.

The Benefits

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.