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OHSAS 18000 – Occupational Health and Safety Management

According to the International Labour Organisation , more than 2.78 million people die from work-related accidents or diseases each year, and there are a further 374 non-fatal work-related injuries and illnesses, many of which result in extended absences from work.

Aside from the human cost, the economic burden of poor occupational health and safety practices is estimated to be 3.94% of global GDP each year.

The BS OHSAS 18000 series of standards

BS OHSAS 18001:2007 (OHSAS 18001), the British Standard for occupational health and safety management systems (OHSMSs), sets out the minimum requirements for health and safety best practice in the workplace.

When used with the implementation guidelines found in BS OHSAS 18002:2008 – with which it forms the OHSAS 18000 series of standards – it can help you put in place the policies, procedures and controls needed for your organisation to achieve the best possible working conditions and workplace health and safety, aligned with internationally recognised best practice.

It will help you improve the business resilience of your organisation, improve the health and welfare of your workforce, and increase awareness of your organisation’s legal and regulatory responsibilities, including the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.

Organisations can have their OHSMS certified to OHSAS 18001 to demonstrate to stakeholders that they follow health and safety best practice.

ISO 45001

OHSAS 18001 is due to be replaced by ISO 45001 – Occupational health and safety management systems – Requirements in March 2018, at which point OHSAS 18001 will be withdrawn and organisations that are certified to OHSAS 18001 will have three years to transition to the new standard.

Why should you implement an OHSMS?

An OHSMS will:

  • Protect your workforce by better managing health and safety risks, thereby reducing injury-related absenteeism and enhancing staff morale;
  • Demonstrate your commitment to health and safety, reassuring stakeholders that you follow a best-practice approach; and
  • Improve your legal compliance and reduce the likelihood of fines and prosecutions.

The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974

The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 is the primary piece of legislation covering occupational health and safety in the UK.

It is an employer's duty to do what is reasonably practicable to protect the health, safety and welfare of their employees and others who might be affected by their business.

This means ensuring that workers and others are protected from anything that could cause harm by effectively controlling any risks to injury or health that could arise in the workplace.

The full text of the Act is available here >>

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), local authorities and other enforcing authorities are responsible for enforcing the Act and a number of other acts and statutory instruments relevant to the working environment.

New sentencing guidelines for health and safety, corporate manslaughter, and food safety and hygiene offences came into force in February 2016. In the guidelines’ first year, the total value of fines collected was £76.7 million – more than double the £36.2 million issued the previous 12 months – according to analysis of HSE data by the law firm Clyde & Co.

According to a January 2017 report from the Institution of Occupational Health and Safety, ‘analysis of" >Health and safety sentencing guidelines one year on ’:

With some of the largest and most well-known UK and global businesses receiving the largest fines last year, there has been increased public interest and media attention on health and safety cases. Steered by the new sentencing guidelines to determine the size of a fine based on company turnover (as well as factors around culpability and harm risks), the courts have sent a clear message to the boardrooms and CEOs of all businesses about the importance and value of protecting human lives, and the cost of failing to do so.

Get started with OHSAS 18000

IT Governance has all the resources needed to implement an OHSM.

The BS OHSAS 18000 series

OHSAS 18001 Step by Step: A Practical Guide

This pocket guide gives you:

  • A comprehensive explanation of OHSAS 18001 and its implications.
  • An understanding of how OHSAS 18001 can be implemented through the PDCA (Plan-Do-Check-Act) cycle.
  • An understanding of the legislative and contractual health and safety requirements to which your organisation is subject.
  • An explanation of how health and safety objectives can be determined and established, and how to apportion responsibility and accountability throughout the organisation.
  • Clear understanding of health and safety accountability and the need for diligent record-keeping.
  • Guidance for setting up a training, competence and awareness regime.
  • Understanding of how OHSAS 18001 protects not just staff, but also customers and contractors who enter your workplace.
  • Expert guidance on how to deal with emergencies.

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