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How can startups benefit from OHSAS 18001 implementation?

During the early life of any business there are many considerations to be made, and it is not unusual for finances to play a major part in deciding what projects take precedence over others. As such, OHSAS 18001 may not always be top priority for a startup, as the perception …

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How to ensure your OHSAS 18001 investment is profitable

Many organizations that implement OHSAS 18001 do so because it is expected in the sector it operates in, or because top management recognize it is an excellent way to establish, safeguard, and encourage employee well-being. In our previous article: How much does the OHSAS 18001 implementation cost? we examined the cost …

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What to look for when hiring an occupational health & safety professional

Hiring an OH&S (operational health and safety) manager is a serious undertaking for any business, and one that’s critical that you get right the first time if possible. If you have an OH&SMS (Operational Health and Safety Management System) that is certified according to the OHSAS 18001 standard, then you …

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What is the purpose and content of an OHSAS 18001 internal audit report?

The internal audit is one of the key elements in any OH&SMS (Operational Health and Safety Management System) that is certified according to OHSAS 18001 and, as such, producing an audit report to ensure that all vital information is captured and effective actions can be taken is also critical. Given …

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Identifying health & safety hazards in IT network installation operations

The network installation sector has been a growing industry worldwide since the computer age began in earnest in the mid-1990s, and remains so to this day with the likelihood that you will be using some sort of network to read this article. As demand for computer usage in business and …

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What competences should an OHSAS 18001 internal auditor have?

One of the fundamental components of any OHSAS 18001-certified OH&SMS (Operational Health and Safety Management System) is the function of the internal audit. As a mandatory part of the OHSAS 18001 standard itself, the internal audit is not only essential for checking your system’s performance and compliance, but it’s also …

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Process approach application in OHSAS 18001 implementation of health & safety

If you are aware of the ISO family of standards, you may well be aware that adherence to the “process approach” is one of the fundamental principles, appearing in the ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and ISO 27001 standards, amongst others. The good news is that the process approach is also applicable …

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How OHSAS 18001 can make your theater or concert event safer

Going to theaters and concert venues is a very popular pastime, whether for a local concert or production all the way up to stadium events that take place in front of crowds of tens of thousands. What these events have in common is that there is an inherent danger and …

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Specifics of implementing OHSAS 18001 in the retail sector

Employee and customer safety and well-being should be as important to organizations in the retail sector as those in any other in advanced business sectors. It therefore stands to reason that many retail organizations are becoming certified against OHSAS 18001 in order to increase safety and well-being amongst their employees …

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5 elements to consider when testing your organization’s health & safety emergency response procedure

The OHSAS 18001 standard was designed and is used for the prevention of accidents in the workplace, but unfortunately, as we all know, accidents do sometimes happen for various reasons. It therefore stands to reason that the standard has a clause stating the requirement of having an emergency response process, …

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Using corrective actions to eliminate nonconformities and drive health & safety improvements

Corrective action is an important part of any management system, and in an Occupational Health & Safety Management System (OH&SMS), this process is critical to identify and address the root causes of problems you find, which is why this has been an integral part of OHSAS 18001 since it was …

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What questions should you expect from the OHSAS 18001 auditor?

As part of your organization’s journey towards OHSAS 18001 certification, you will need to undergo an audit by a third-party certification body to ensure that your OH&SMS (Operational Health and Safety Management System) and its processes comply with the clauses of the standard itself. Preparation for the audit and the …

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