OHSAS 18001 – Certificate of Friendship with the Employees

OHSAS is the Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series (Usually called Occupational Health and Safety Management System) for health and safety management systems. Occupational Health is becoming an important business driver in present sensitive business environment. Health and safety is directly related to productivity and efficiency of the organization.

It is designed to enable organizations to demonstrate their commitment to providing a safe and efficient working environment by identifying and understanding their OHS risks and by improving upon their performance by actively managing these opportunities.

Also, many organizations are implementing an Occupational Health and Safety Management System as part of their risk management strategy to address changing legislation and to protect their workforce. OHSAS 18001 promotes a safe and healthy working environment.

While implementing, the following key areas are addressed by OHSAS 18001:

  • Planning for hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control
  • OHSAS management programme
  • Structure and responsibility
  • Training, awareness and competence
  • Consultation and communication
  • Operational control
  • Emergency preparedness and response
  • Performance measuring, monitoring and improvement

The standard is applicable to any organization that wishes to eliminate or minimize risk to employees and other stakeholders who may be exposed to OH&S risks associated with its activities.

There are numerous benefits of implementing OHSAS 18001:

  • Customer satisfaction – through delivery of products that consistently meet customer requirements whilst safeguarding their health and property
  • Reduced operating costs – by decreasing down-time through incidents and ill health and reducing costs associated with legal fees and compensation
  • Improved stakeholder relationships – by safeguarding the health and property of staff, customers and suppliers
  • Legal compliance – by understanding how statutory and regulatory requirements impact the organization and its customers
  • Improved risk management – through clear identification of potential incidents and implementation of controls and measures
  • Proven business credentials – through independent verification against recognized standards
  • Ability to win more business – particularly where procurement specifications require certification as a condition to supply

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