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Defining Roles and Responsibilities for OHSAS 18001-Based Health & Safety Management Systems

When you are creating an Occupational Health & Safety Management System (OH&SMS) it is a necessity to document the roles and responsibilities of your management system. OHSAS 18001 highlights this as shown primarily in the requirements of clause 4.4.1. So, what roles and responsibilities do you need to identify and how …

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How to prepare for an OHSAS 18001 internal audit

Internal audits are a mandatory element of the OHSAS 18001 standard.  They are a part of the process that every organization must undertake and record both during and after the journey to certification. In our previous article, Why you should perform effective internal audits in OHSAS 18001 we considered the compelling …

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Overcoming the 3 key challenges of OHSAS 18001 implementation in SMEs

Employee well-being and health and safety are just as critical to SMEs (small to medium-sized enterprises) as they are to larger organizations, but any SME looking to certify its OH&SMS (Operational Health and Safety Management System) to OHSAS 18001 will encounter some significant and unique challenges. So, what are the …

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How to gain employee buy-in for OHSAS 18001 implementation

OHSAS 18001, soon to be replaced by ISO 45001, is widely considered to be the world’s premier standard for promoting and maintaining health and safety in the workplace. But, even with this being the case, there can be workplaces where any resistance to change is common. So, given this, gaining …

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How can personal certificates help your company’s health & safety?

If your company is in the process of establishing an OH&SMS (Operational Health and Safety Management System) certified according to OHSAS 18001, or already has one, then all of the assistance you can harness to attain and maintain good performance is most welcome. Whatever the size of your organization, you …

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4 crucial techniques for convincing your top management to implement OHSAS 18001

When you are trying to make the case for implementing an Occupational Health & Safety Management System (OH&SMS) according to the requirements of OHSAS 18001, it can be difficult to convince management that this would be a good project to implement at your company. Many managers think that if they …

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Case study: Implementing OHSAS 18001 in a Facilities Management company

Facilities Management is described as “the integration of processes within an organization to maintain and develop the agreed services which support and improve the effectiveness of its primary activities,” according to The Professional Body for Facilities Management. This sector has grown rapidly and is now worth billions of dollars to …

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How detailed should your occupational health & safety policy be?

One of the mandatory elements of OHSAS 18001 is establishing an OH&S (operational health and safety) policy. Given that this is a central part of any OH&SMS (Operational Health and Safety Management System), it may come as a surprise that many organizations are unsure about how to do this, and …

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Case study: Implementing OHSAS 18001 in the restaurant business

The restaurant business is a sector of huge turnover, employment, and public use on a world-wide scale, ranging from the local café to massive fast food chains and super restaurants seen in major resort cities such as Las Vegas and Atlantic City. One thing all these restaurants have in common …

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How to sell your OHSAS 18001 consulting service

In many business sectors, OHSAS 18001 consulting services are very much in demand. Many modern organizations work on a “project” basis, and tend to hire OH&S (operational health and safety) consulting services on a project basis depending on the sector that the specific project is in. So, given that this …

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Where does health & safety management fit into your organization?

Many modern organizations rightly value employee safety and well-being. Generally, this is reflected in the establishment and operation of an OH&SMS (Operational Health and Safety Management System), often certified to OHSAS 18001. Along with ISO 9001 and ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 is one of the most commonly applied business standards across …

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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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