Many organizations implement a safety management system at work as part of work health and safety risk management, to meet regulatory requirements and protect their workforce.
Safety management system at work promotes safe and healthy working environment by providing the framework for an organization to systematically identify and monitor health and safety risks, but also reduces the potential for accidents and improves overall performance of the organization.
OHSAS 18001 is an internationally recognized system of requirements related to security and safety at work. It was developed by selection of the leading international standards to develop a new standard in line with ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 standards, which help organizations effectively meet the health and safety obligations and expectations.
The main areas of OHSAS 18001
The principal areas covered by compliance with the requirements of OHSAS 18001 are:
- planning of hazard identification, risk assessment and control,
- plan and risk management program,
- structure and responsibilities within the organization,
- training, awareness and competence of the organization,
- collaboration and communication,
- operations management,
- preparedness and response to emergency situations and events, and
- performance measurement, monitoring and improving the overall system.
Additional information on the OHSAS 18001
Meeting the requirements of OHSAS 18001 standard represents an opportunity to identify hazards and risks associated with the activities and actions of a company, and to understand a relevant health, safety and legal repercussions in case of a potential incident. Following, a clear definition of goals for improvement and program management, as well as regular inspections, are the basis of continuous improvement.
Ownership of OHSAS 18001 certificate makes it clear that the organization has established a safety management system that guarantees protection and security of all parties in the direct or indirect contact with a company.