OHSAS 18001:2007 Certification
“Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series” Ohsas 18001
The decision to develop and certify a Safety Management System is derived from an increasing awareness of the need to monitor and reduce accidents and potentially dangerous situations, as well as from the desire to address the growing awareness with regard to every aspect of workplace safety.
In addition to offering certain benefits in terms of image, the development and certification of a safety management system ohsas 18001 allows companies to achieve tangible economic returns through improved management efficiency. These include:
- The prevention of injuries and the improvement of injury management
- The prevention of incidents and the improvement of incident management
- A more cost-effective response to any emergencies that may arise
- Reduced insurance premiums
- Decreased probability of incurring fines or penalties.
The reference for the establishment and implementation of a Safety Management System is the BS OHSAS 18001 2007 standard, entitled “Safety Management System”.
The program for the establishment of a Safety Management System, including its certification, is illustrated in the following sections, which describe all the phases in terms of content and methods of implementation.
Initial audit: verification of the current Safety Management System (already defined by Italian Legislative Decree 81/2008 and, where applicable, in compliance with the requirements set forth by Italian Legislative Decree no. 231/01), in order to determine its strengths and weaknesses and define an adaptation plan.
Activity panning: the planning of the operational activities for adaptation.
Risk analysis: the first critical task to be planned and carried out is to take a snapshot of the company or production site (be it a service provider or manufacturing company) from the standpoint of safety and risks present. This involves the identification of the risks associated with the processes and activities performed. When it is decided to eliminate the initial audit phase, the verification of legal and regulatory compliance is carried out during the risk analysis phase.
System Development: consists in the implementation of that which was established during the planning phase, in order to ensure adaptation and compliance.
Training: the implementation of a Safety Management System requires the utmost attention to be paid to various aspects, such as the communication, training, awareness and skill of the personnel involved.
Activation of the Certification: during the establishment of the Safety Management System, first contact is made with the certification body, and the time frames are established for submitting the application and for the delivery of the relative documentation.