OHSAS 18001 is a comprehensive,
certifiable Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) management
system specification, designed to enable organisations to
control OH&S risks and improve its performance.
of safety management system, can make the management of
Occupational health and safety more transparent and effective
by translating risk assessments into action plans to achieve
cost reduction in accidents.
Implementing a Safety Management System helps an organization
in identifying Hazards and Risks involved in their work place
and to prioritize their objectives towards incorporating
safe working and reducing work environment risks. It reduces
the number of personnel injuries through prevention and control
of workplace hazards and the risk of major accidents; ensures
a well-qualified and enthusiastic workforce by fulfillment
of the increasing expectations of your employees; reduces
the material loss caused by accidents and material loss caused
by production interruptions. Serves the possibility for an
integrated management system including quality, environment
and health and safety ensuring that appropriate legislation
is addressed and acted upon. Meeting the increasing importance
of OH&S for public image and demonstrating
legal compliance and also reducing the risk of potential
litigation. It helps to reduce accidents and downtime.Gives
access to new customersm and partners who require suppliers
to meet tender relevant criteria.
In almost all cases companies seek to have their
system independently assessed. This enhances the credibility
of any system.
- Registration to OHSAS 18001 by a certification
body shows a commitment to quality to customers,
and a willingness to work towards improving efficiency
- It demonstrates the existence of an effective OH&S
management system that satisfies the rigours of an independent
- An OHSAS 18001 certificate enhances company image in
the eyes of customers, employees and shareholders alike.
- It also gives a competitive edge to an organisation's
- VQMI is in the process of OHSAS accreditation.
The implementation of a system takes time and commitment
from senior management and has several key steps in the process,
- Identify the requirements of OHSAS 18001 and how they
apply to the business involved.
- Establish OH&S objectives and how they fit in to
the operation of the business.
- Produce a documented OH&S policy indicating how these
requirements are satisfied.
- Communicate the OH&S objectives throughout the organisation.
- Evaluate the OH&S policy, its stated objectives and
then prioritise requirements to ensure they are met.
- Identify the boundaries of the management system and
produce documented procedures as required.
- Ensure these procedures are suitable and adhered to.
- Once developed, internal audits are needed to ensure
the system carries on working.
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