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OHSAS 18001: Occupational Health and Safety Management (OHS)
Released in July 2007, OHSAS 18001:2007 is an updated edition of OHSAS 18001:1999.
For those familiar with the earlier version, the changes place greater emphasis on health rather than focusing primarily on safety. OHSAS 18001:2007 is also more closely aligned with the international Environmental Management System Standard, ISO 14001.
In the past, Occupational Health and Safety Management tended to focus on the question of how to react to work-related incidents. In contrast, OHSAS 18001 sets out a preventative and proactive approach that involves identifying workplace hazards and assessing and controlling risk.
Key elements of the Standard
- Developing OH&S policy
- Implementing policy and plans
- Checking for problems and taking corrective action
- Reviewing management processes
- Sustaining continual improvement
Challenges for employers
Employers today confront bigger challenges than ever before, especially in field of Occupational Health and Safety where they face:
- More rigorous health and safety regulations
- Greater penalties for negligence
- Rising compensation costs
- Costly medical claims
- Increasing rates of illness and injury
- Pressure to retain workers and ensure employee satisfaction
The benefits of OHSAS 18001
Organizations certified to the Standard report a range of benefits, including:
- A reduction in lost working days
- Fewer workplace accidents
- Fewer medical claims
- Recognition by insurers and regulators
- A more disciplined approach to safety
- Improved employee motivation, retention and satisfaction
- Reduced legal costs
- Less time and money spent on accident-related investigation and paperwork
Employers who have adopted OHSAS 18001 report that it promotes greater employee awareness and understanding of health and safety at work.
Relevancy to an Organization and Staff
The requirements specified in OHSAS 18001 are intended for incorporation into any OH&S management system. The Standard is relevant to all employers, whatever the size or nature of the business.
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Health & Safety
HOUSTON (Reuters) – Four workers died at in a November lethal gas release at a DuPont chemical plant because the company failed to provide them proper protections, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration said on Thursday. “Four people lost their lives and their families lost loved ones because DuPont did not have proper safety procedures in place,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health David Michaels.read more
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