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Occupational Health and Safety Management System

Any Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) Management system specifies processes to continuously improve your OH&S performance and at the same time, comply with legislation. It provides the framework to seamlessly integrate the OH&S management system with your overall business plan.

OHSAS - The Background in Brief

OHSAS 18001:2007 is an international occupational health and safety management system specification that empowers an organization to control its OH&S risks and improve its performance. It is comprised of two parts, OHSAS 18001 and OHSAS 18002. They were developed in response to the widespread demand for a recognized standard against which to be certified and assessed. The situation arose mainly due to the proliferation of certifiable OH&S specifications. Some of the foremost national standards organizations, certification bodies, and specialist consultants oversaw the effort. The end product, OHSAS 18001:2007 is based on existing standards like BS 8800 and Management Regulations 1992.

OHSAS 18001:2007

The (OHSAS) specification gives clearer direction to an occupational health and safety management system. OHSAS 18001:2007 is an audit/certification specification, not a legislative requirement or a guide to implementation. It should be noted that OHSAS 18001:2007 does not state specific performance criteria, or give detailed specifications for the design of a management system. Instead, the system is geared towards reducing and preventing accidents and accident-related loss of lives, resources, and time.

Compatibility

OHSAS 18001:2007 has been developed to be compatible with the ISO 9001 (Quality) and ISO 14001 (Environmental) management systems standards. It is its hope that any organization that implements OHSAS 18001:2007 can easily integrate it with other quality, environmental or occupational health and safety management systems. The OHSAS 18001:2007 Specification follows the Plan-Do-Check-Review cycle, with a concurrent emphasis on continual improvement. This model aligns well with the structure of other management system documents such as ISO 14001, thus aiding the progress of integrated management systems.

The Elements of OHSAS 18001:2007 Include:

  • Policy and commitment
  • Hazard identification, risk assessment & risk controls
  • Legal requirements
  • Objectives and Programs
  • Organization and personnel
  • Training, Communication and Consultation
  • Documentation and records
  • Operational Controls
  • Emergency Readiness
  • Measurement and monitoring
  • Accident and incident investigation, corrective and preventive action
  • Audit and Review
  • Application and Relevance in the Industry

Benefits of Implementing an OH&S management system Include:

OHSAS 18001:2007 has established itself as the 'international certification standard' for OH&S management systems. In today's work environment, implementing OHSAS 18001:2007 in a service organization is as relevant as applying it in a mining, automotive or the construction industry. Implementing OHSAS ensures:

  • Conformity to a specific OH&S policy
  • Implementation, maintenance and continuous improvement of the OH&S management system
  • Reduced work-related accidents and illness
  • Reduced costs associated with accidents and illness
  • Improved performance through policies and procedures
  • Compliance to the latest legislation
  • Reduced risk of citations/penalties
  • Improved company image by demonstrating a commitment to manage and minimize risks to employees and customers

Implementing OHSAS 18001:2007

To begin with, you will need to evaluate the health and safety needs of your employees and customers. Then identify the boundaries of your health and safety system and document procedures for meeting the requirements of OHSAS 18001:2007. Any potential hazards should be determined and identified, and their risks assessed and controlled on an on-going basis. Management should be ready to commit adequate resources to monitor activities and conduct internal audits to identify areas for improvement. This will ensure the effectiveness of the OH&S management system. Policies and procedures should be identified and prepared in order to control operations, including emergency preparedness and response plans. Documentation should be accurate, up-to-date, easily accessible and properly controlled.

Registration to OHSAS 18001:2007

Registration to OHSAS 18001:2007 by an independent, third party certification body demonstrates a company's commitment to implement, maintain and improve its health and safety system. Registration is a systematic approach adding value and facilitating the development of the system. After review of your OHSAS 18001:2007 management system itself, there is an audit to check the records and documented procedures. After a successful audit, the organization attains a certificate of registration. The registrar will also periodically assess your system to ensure that it continues to meet the requirements of OHSAS 18001:2007.

The Steps to Registration

  • Decision on implementation and registration
  • Identify management and personnel for implementation
  • Preliminary review to determine existing programs and systems
  • Provide training and awareness
  • Identifying hazards and applicable laws and regulations
  • Established procedures to comply with OHSAS 18001:2007
  • Train personnel on procedures
  • Implement procedures
  • Conduct audit and review

Why Choose Omnex as your Partner in Implementation?

  • 20 years in consulting
  • We have a world view, with offices in 4 continents
  • Practical approach to implementation with consultants possessing the relevant industrial know-how
  • Wide range of experience in implementing integrated management systems

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