Many organisations are now looking at implementing the Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSAS 18001). Although not a legal requirement, it is a recognised specification that structures the implementation of an effective H & S management system. This overview takes a brief look at the reasons why certification may be appropriate for your company. It also includes details about where to obtain further information.
WHAT IS OHSAS 18001?
OHSAS 18001 is the latest certification specification for Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems. It is based on already published criteria such as BS 8800 and the Management Regulations 1992. OHSAS 18001 is an audit/certification specification, not a legislative requirement or a guide to implementation.
WHY SEEK CERTIFICATION TO OHSAS 18001?
Registration to OHSAS 18001 by an independent, third party, certification body demonstrates a commitment to implement, maintain and improve the way in which you manage your Health and Safety system. Organisations registered to OHSAS 18001 can be more confident about meeting the requirements of H & S legislation. The setting of targets through the Health and Safety policy, together with the ongoing measurement against it ensures a process of continual improvement.
HOW DO YOU START TO IMPLEMENT OHSAS 18001?
Firstly, evaluate the Health and Safety needs of your staff and visitors. Then identify the boundaries of your Health and Safety system and document your procedures for meeting the requirements of OHSAS 18001. Ensure these procedures are fully implemented, then audit and review them. Once developed, internal audits are needed to ensure the system continues to be effective. Always bear in mind the need to conform to legislative requirements.
ASSESSMENT TO OHSAS 18001
Having chosen a third party certification body for your audit, it will review your documentation to ascertain that it meets all the requirements of OHSAS 18001. This is followed at a later date by an audit to check that records are being kept and documented working practices are being followed. After a successful audit, a certificate of registration to OHSAS 18001 will be issued. There will then be continual surveillance visits (usually once a year) to ensure that the system is maintained and continues to be effective.
WHY CHOOSE ISOQAR FOR YOUR AUDIT?
ISOQAR has an enviable record for customer satisfaction with its certification services. A friendly approach to audits and dislike of bureaucracy has led to unprecedented growth through referrals from contented clients. ISOQAR only employs auditors who have empathy with this approach. Auditors are also carefully allocated by their experience in the industry they are auditing. This results in a practical, meaningful audit, carried out in an air of mutual understanding. ISOQAR firmly believes that any audit should benefit the organisation that requests it, not be an intellectual exercise to 'please' the auditor.