Health and Safety Standards, OHSAS 18001:2007, ISO Standards Ireland
The health, safety and welfare in the workplace is a critical issue for both employees and employers.
QMS Solutions will design, develop and implement your Occupational Health, Safety & Welfare system based on the requirements of OHSAS 18001. OHSAS 18001 offers a structured systematic approach to ensure all health, safety and legal issues pertaining to your business have been identified and control measures established.
Occupational Health, Welfare and Safety Systems.
The importance of managing Occupational Health and Safety is recognised by all interested parties: employers, employees, customers, suppliers, insurers, shareholders, the community, contractors, and regulatory agencies.
OHSAS 18001 has been developed in response to an urgent customer demand for an internationally recognised Occupational Health, Welfare and Safety Management Specification, against which their management systems could be assessed and certified.
OHSAS 18001 is an occupational health, Welfare and safety management system, designed to assist companies to make their companies safer and comply with their legal obligations.
A systems approach to workplace health and safety management contributes to company success and reduced accidents and ill health costs, which are often hidden and underestimated
OHSAS offers a structured approach to developing, implementing, maintaining and continually improving occupational health, welfare and safety and can be used as a management tool, to eliminate or minimise risk to employees and other interested parties.
The emphasis is placed on practices being pro-active and preventive, by the identification of hazards and the evaluation and control of work related risks. OHSAS 18001 can be used by organisation of all sizes regardless of the nature of their activities or location. Organisations can now achieve third party certification for their Occupational Health and Safety management system.
OHSAS 18001:2007 is compatible with ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004.
OHSAS 18001 features include the following elements:
- OH&S policy
- Implementation and Operation
- Checking and corrective action
- Management Review
- Continual Improvement
OHSAS 18001 Requires an Organisation to:
- Assess the OH&S hazards and risks of activities, products, processes and services
- Implement controls to ensure that they are appropriate and operational
- Focus on risk reduction or elimination
- Ensure that instructions and requirements are observed
- Train in order to inculcate an OH&S culture and establish the importance of the organisation’s safety statement, policies and objectives
- Accept responsibility voluntarily and operate with conviction
- Test and monitor system effectiveness. Share, report, evaluate and review information and experience
- Prevent where possible and avoid solving the same problems
Why should your company implement OHSAS 18001?
Benefits of OHSAS 18001:2007
OHSAS 18001 is the sound solution to the ever increasing challenge facing most organisations due to high injury and illness, lost work days, increasing occupational health and safety regulations, large citations/penalties, rising worker’s compensation costs, costly medical claims, worker retention and employee satisfaction.
Real world operating experience shows workers’ compensation claims to be spiralling upward.
Traditional occupation health and safety management usually meant reacting to work related incidents rather than planning for the control of work related risks that compose OHSAS 18001:2008. Other costs facing organisations include, but are not limited to, investigation time, wages paid for lost time, clerical time, decreased output of injured worker upon return and the loss of business and goodwill.
Organisations that have been the pioneers in attaining OHSAS 18001:2007 already report increased operational benefits, reduction in lost work days, fewer accidents and medical claims, recognition by insurers and regulars and improved worker retention and satisfaction. Employees have responded favourably to registered organisation’s overt commitment to continued occupation health and safety improvements. Enhanced employee awareness and individual commitment to occupational health and safety has served as the basis for positive organisational change.
Much of the improvement is attributed to employee education and awareness of safety issues and understanding. This increased awareness has been the key factor for OHSAS 18001 organisations’ saving in legal expenses, building damage, tool and equipment damage, product and material damage and production delays and interruptions.
Bottom line improvements for organisations that have a registered OH&S management system include efficient organisational discipline. Employee awareness and satisfaction, recognition by insurers, lower workers’ compensation and medical costs and increased control of regulatory issues.
- It will assist your company in meeting regulatory requirements.
- It is a great marketing tool.
- It may improve your company’s ability to bid for contracts.
- It may reduce your insurance premium.
- It will reduce the risk of accidents and occupational ill health.
- It will reduce lost time through employee illness and injury.
- It will indicate to employees that the company is concerned about their welfare.
QMS Solutions can conduct your hazard analysis and risk assessment and design, develop and implement your complete occupational health, welfare and safety system, appropriate to the nature of your business and associated risk.