OHSAS 18001 (currently under review)
Health and Safety affects all of us in work. It is not something that can be ignored due to the potential effects of getting it wrong. Legislation is changing and has changed, with costs for non-compliance increasing and prison sentences being handed out to Directors.
The main thing is that we all want to return home safely each day and not have our health affected by the work we do.
It is so important that we have a system in place, consisting of processes and procedures so that we can identify and control our health and safety responsibilities, but also to go a step further and ensure the wellbeing of our employees.
What the standard consists of:
Any Health and Safety system adopted needs to reflect the complexity of your organisations activities, work environment and must be proportionate to the hazards and risks. OHSAS 18001 (the current standard) can be integrated with other management systems including ISO 9001 and ISO 14001.
The main areas addressed by OHSAS 18001 include:
• Hazard identification, risk assessment and determining controls
• Legal and other requirements
• Objectives and OHS program(s)
• Resources, roles, responsibility, accountability and authority
• Competence, training and awareness
• Communication, participation and consultation
• Emergency preparedness and response
• Performance measuring, monitoring and improvement
Who it is applicable to:
The standard is appropriate for any organisation wishing to minimise or eliminate risks that their stakeholders may be exposed to.
Most organisations already have elements required by OHSAS 18001 in place, which can be supplemented to provide a more cohesive management system to meet the requirements of the standard without even realising it.
Why do it?
Certification to the standard will help your organisation to improve the structure of your health and safety management system for the benefit of everyone in the organisation.
What are the benefits?
A reduced risk in the workplace - meaning less employee accidents therefore less absence;
An increased awareness for employees Health and Safety;
Ensures compliance with the latest legislation and regulations;
Gain a competitive advantage by demonstrating commitment to health and safety;
Cost savings - Reduced risk of accident claims; potential reduced costs for insurance premiums;
Improved operational performance through policies and procedures.
Other Health & Safety services AW ISO offer:
AW ISO Consultants can provide a full health and safety service depending upon your requirements.
Every employer is under a statutory duty to arrange for a "competent person" to assess all risks arising at the workplace or created by work activities. Some risks are of a general nature, but others will need to be considered against more specialised legislation such as; Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations; Noise at Work Regulations; Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) and Manual Handling Operations Regulations to name a few.
We work with a qualified safety practitioner who can carry out risk assessments on your behalf.
All assessments must be reviewed to ensure that they remain valid. For this reason we encourage you to nominate a company representative to “shadow" our consultant in the assessment.
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