BS OHSAS 18001 Occupational Health and Safety Management – Improve health and safety performance in your business
Becoming certified to OHSAS 18001 ensures your organisation is taking proactive steps to ensure it complies and stays up to date with appropriate legislation and becomes a safer place to work.
OHSAS 18001 is the internationally recognised standard for best practice occupational health & safety management.
More and more organisations are now concerned about demonstrating their commitment to health and safety. Implementing a management system based on the requirements of BS OHSAS 18001 will help you achieve this.
The Occupational Health and Safety Management System standard (BS OHSAS 18001) is an established and recognised specification for implementing an effective health and safety management system. It enables organisations to manage risk and help aid compliance with legislation, as well as maintain a safe and healthy working environment for their employees, visitors and others.
Benefits of certification to OHSAS 18001…
- Cost savings through reducing or eliminating costs associated with work-related injuries or illness
- Enables measurement of health and safety performance by establishing a framework for controlling and measuring health and safety performance.
- Improved corporate image by demonstrating the organisation’s commitment to addressing H&S issues to employees, customer, shareholders and other stakeholders.
- Helps reduce the occurrence of accidents and incidences
- Helps you stay abreast of relevant legislation and reduces the likelihood of prosecution and fines
- Demonstrates a commitment to assuring the safety of employees and the wider public
Why seek certification to OHSAS 18001?
Certification to BS OHSAS 18001 demonstrates, both internally and externally, a commitment to maintain or improve the way in which you manage health and safety within your organisation.
Setting targets through an organisational health and safety policy, together with ongoing measurement against it, supports a process of continual improvement, enabled by the standard’s ‘Plan, Do, Check, Act’ framework.
In addition, lost time due to incidents and ill health can be reduced, along with reputational damage resulting from a poor H&S track record. Holding BS OHSAS 18001 certification also provides new opportunities to win business where certification is a condition of supply.
Safety Schemes in Procurement (SSIP) Forum
The SSIP Forum acts as an umbrella organisation facilitating mutual recognition between the myriad of Health & Safety schemes that are operating across the construction supply chain and related industries. Achieving certification to OHSAS 18001 with Alcumus ISOQAR (SSIP Forum Member) can reduce the need to be repeatedly assessed under numerous schemes – click here to find out more.
Taking the next steps
If you’re new to certification, don’t worry – our business development team are on hand to take your calls to explain the steps to certification – we have also produced a ‘steps to certification’ infographic outlining the process:
Many organisations choose to work with an external consultancy to help implement BS OHSAS 18001 and carry out an internal audit, ahead of applying for certification. As a UKAS accredited certification body and in order to maintain impartiality when performing third party audits, we are unable to endorse a particular consultant.
However, you can search for a consultant based in your region through the ‘find a consultant’ link in the menu: www.alcumusgroup.com/isoqar/find-a-consultant