OHSAS 18000 is an international occupational health and safety management system specification. It comprises two parts, 18001 and 18002 and embraces BS8800 and a number of other publications.
OHSAS 18000 actually forms part of the acclaimed Health and Safety Electronic Kit. This includes not only the text from OHSAS 18001/2, but a safety manual, and implementation guide and various other materials and information.
If you run a business then the well-being and safety of your staff and customers should always be a priority. However health & safety legislation changes on a daily basis. This means that you need systems in place to make sure you keep abreast of your legal obligations and put processes in place to minimize workplace risks. OHSAS 18001 is the internationally recognized standard for best practice occupational health & safety management.
What is the "Plan - Do - Check - Act" management process?
Plan - Do - Check - Act (PDCA) is a management framework which provides a methodical approach to problem solving and continual improvement. This cycle is based on the following four phases:
- Plan- This stage requires you to identify your objectives, understand your current situation, set targets, consider tasks, timing, cost, roles and communicate it with all relevant parties;
- Do - This section deals with the implementation of your plan. You need to focus on how you communicate, monitor and make adjustments as you go along;
- Check - This is the review phase where you evaluate your progress against your initial objectives. The key point it to evaluate progress by identifying what went well, and what needs to improve. Don't forget to let people know about this along the way!;
- Act - Now its time for action! By this stage you should know what improvements are required to make your system successful, so you need to determine how this will happen and develop a further action plan which will form the start of the next PDCA cycle.
Why choose OHSAS 18001?
- OHSAS 18001 demonstrates that your organization is legally compliant and is able to manage health and safety risks;
- Stakeholders have to prove their commitment to health and safety, resulting in a positive impact on your company's health and safety culture;
- Certification can reduce downtime following an accident and insurance costs;
- Continual development enables your organization to innovate and demonstrate forward thinking approaches;
- It also pushes your organization to ensure that it has a competitive edge;
- Certification is often a requirement for organizations tendering for new work;
- Successful implementation will increase your access to new business.
How can we help?
Dynamic Strategies can help you to ensure that your health and safety management system is implemented effectively and is suited to your organization. We can work with you to develop systems and work with you through the certification process. This might include project scopes; arrange, facilitate or manage the third party audits; support you through the audit process by carrying out gap analysis of your systems; attend and carry out audits..
How to establish an OHSAS 18001 Occupation health and safety management system?
- Formulate an Occupational, Health and Safety Management System (OHSMS) with the establishment of an occupational, health and safety (OHS) manual in which the scope of OHSMS is determined;
- Establish an occupational, health and safety policy and OHS objectives and programmes;
- Ensure document and record control;
- Implement and maintain a procedure to identify hazards, assess risk and determine controls in the work place;
- Maintain procedures to ensure applicable occupational, health and safety legislation is identified, communicated within and compliance assessed;
- Define resources, roles, responsibilities, accountability and authority with regard to the OHSMS;
- Implement an adequate occupational, health and safety communication, participation and consultation process;
- Maintain good operational control;
- Plan emergency preparedness and response;
- Meet strict criteria in relation to incident investigation;
- Identify and deal with OHS non-conformity(ies) by applying corrective and preventative action;
- Monitor and measure the occupational, health and safety performance of the organization;
- Audit the system and review the system at a management level periodically.
Certification to OHSAS 18001 occupational health and safety management systems signals to your clients and stakeholders that your organization is committed to protecting the needs of all your stakeholders.
Benefits of OHSAS 18001 Certification - Health and Safety Certification
- Improved corporate image and credibility among stake holders, regulators, customers, prospective clients and the public;
- Adoption of international best practice in relation to risk management;
- Ensures health and well-being of employees, sub-contractors and the public;
- Minimization of liability of employers through adoption of proactive rather than reactive controls;
- Ensures legislative awareness and compliance;
- Reduces accident and incident rates by reducing and elimination workplace hazards;
- Increases employee motivation through the provision of a safer workplace and participation process.