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BS OHSAS 18001 Health and Safety Management Systems

safety-buttonWhy do you need an effective H&S management system?

Statistics from the UK Health and Safety Executive revealed that 180 people were killed at work in the UK in 2008/2009.  This equates to an average of 0.6 fatalities per 100,000 workers (across all sectors) .  A further 131,895 other injuries to employees were reported, some of which could have had the potential to be fatal injuries.

During 2008/2009 1.2 million of the working population were suffering from an illness (long standing as well as new cases) which they believed was caused or made worse by their current or past work, 551 000 of these were new cases.  29.3 million days overall were lost (1.24 days per worker), 24.6 million due to work-related ill health and 4.7 million due to workplace injury - having a huge impact on  productivity and ultimately profitability.

In addition to the risk of breaches in legislation, prosecution, fines and lost productivity, organisations face potential rising operating costs, insurance premiums and civil litigation.

What is BS OHSAS 18001?

BS OHSAS 18001 is the internationally recognized assessment specification for occupational health and safety management systems providing a straightforward framework for businesses of all sizes.

The standard promotes a safe and healthy working environment by providing a framework which allows your organisation to consistently identify and control its health and safety risks, reduce the potential for accidents, aid legislative compliance and improve overall performance.

Who is BS OHSAS 18001 relevant to?

BS OHSAS 18001 can be adopted by any organization wishing to implement a formal procedure to reduce the risks associated with health and safety in the working environment for employees, customers and the general public.

By following the Plan-Do-Check-Act approach of many management system standards, BS OHSAS 18001 has been designed to be compatible with ISO 9001 (quality) and ISO 14001 (Environmental), to help your organization meet their health and safety obligations in an efficient manner.

The benefits of using BS OHSAS 18001 and other certificated management systems such as CHAS/Safe Contractor etc. are:

  • Reduction in the number of accidents
  • Less absenteeism
  • Reduction in downtime and associated costs
  • Lower insurance premiums
  • Higher productivity & improved business performance.
  • Improved management of health and safety risks
  • Improved reputation
  • More engagement between top management and staff.
  • Improved compliance with legislation leading to lower risk of prosecution and fines.

How Ebdon Management Systems can help your business:

Your occupational health and safety management system should be straightforward and support rather than restrict your business operations and growth, it should be developed to compliment the business, fitting in with existing business practices where possible. Ebdon Management Systems will strive to minimise the paperwork and time taken to apply the standard, therefore reducing time and costs

Ebdon Management Systems can help you with:

  • Risk Assessments & Method Statements (RAMS)
  • Site inspections & audits
  • Online certifications - CHAS, Safe Contractor, Constructionline, Achilles etc.
  • Initial ISO 18001 and other Health and Safety system gap analyses.
  • Writing an Occupational Health & Safety Policy.
  • Development and implementation of an Occupational Health & Safety manual.
  • Development and implementation of all H&S documentation systems.
  • Development of your legislation register.
  • Setting yearly objectives and targets.
  • Emergency preparedness plans.
  • Carry out Health & Safety compliance audits of site and processes.
  • Assistance in certification audits