What is OHSAS 18001?
OHSAS 18001 (officially ‘BS OHSAS 18001:2007‘) is an internationally-applied British Standard for occupational health and safety management systems. It exists to help all kinds of organizations & industry to establish and manage a sound occupational health and safety (ohs) performance. It is a widely recognized and popular occupational health and safety management system. It is a framework that you can use to help you put in place the policies, procedures, standards and control needed for your organization and people to achieve the best possible safe & working conditions, aligned to international best practice.
The OHSAS 18001 specification was updated in July 2007 where the new specification was more closely aligned with the structures of ISO 9000 (Quality management) and ISO 14000 (environment management) so that organizations could more easily adopt OHSAS 18001 alongside these existing management systems. The ISO 9000, 14000 & OHSAS 18001 form a perfect triangle to encompass all work quality, environmental and occupational safety performance at the workplace!
A new ISO standard, ISO 45001 for an occupational health and safety management system is being produced which will replace BS OHSAS 18001 in the year 2016.
Here’s a video by BSI on “OHSAS 18001 and transitioning to ISO 45001”:
How OHSAS 18001 Certification Award Benefits your Business?
These are the OHSAS 18001 benefits to the business.
- Enhance employees health, well being and motivations through awareness and actions
- Reduce cost and operation downtime by minimising workplace accidents or employee work related illness
- Improved level of compliance to health and safety legislation
- Improve corporate image, branding and credibility which is a competitive advantage to grow your business
What can VES Global do for You?
In line with VES Global Pte Ltd (Singapore) company slogan on “Think safety, Work safely & Home safely“, we are here to play our part help you (our customer) in the development of process/system to protect your valuable assets which are your employees by identifying risk, hazards and establish an effective occupational health and safety management system.
Search no further, our experience professional consultants (especially in the construction domain) are able to guide you along in the pursuit for the OHSAS 18001 certification process. We will adapt our consultancy services and approach to your industry, organisation processes, policy, standard, schedule and requirements. We have a systematic and easy to follow methodology to assist you in attaining the certification. In the process, we will perform auditing and following work to get you OHSAS 18001 certified:
- Perform gap analysis against the OHSAS 18001 Occupational Health and Safety standards & report
- Assess the organisation’s readiness for OHSAS 18001 certification and preparations
- Develop a Plan with specific timeline, schedule and task for execution
- Conduct Pre-qualification audit prior the actual certification
- Post audits to sustain the qualification
There will be a dedicated consultant assigned to you to provide support and service you at your home site end to end on this certification process/journey. Our responsibility don’t cease until your company get certified! You don’t have to worry much about the transition to the new ISO 45001 standards in 2016, we will render our best support & stand by with you (our client) to minimise any impact and we will work with you to achieve a seamless transition.
There is also a half day course/training on internal auditor for OHSAS 18001 with short assessment which enable the company representatives or lead to learn and comprehend OHSAS 18001, pick up the knowledge and skills to establish a checklist to perform internal audit for the company/corporate.
For those company who is pursuing also the bizSAFE STAR, OHSAS 18001 or SS506 certificate is a pre-requisite and other courses like the WSQ “Develop a WSH Management System Implementation Plan” is mandatory. Call or email us for more information to share from our consultants!