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How long should it take to implement OHSAS 18001?

If you are familiar with working for an organization that has an OHSAS 18001-certified OH&SMS (Operational Health and Safety Management System), you will be aware of the value that such a system brings to the organization in terms of accident prevention and promotion of employee well-being. However, significant amounts of …

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How to be prepared for a health and safety incident

The success of an OH&SMS (Operational Health and Safety Management System) is normally measured by its ability to prevent incidents and accidents; however, in the real world both unfortunately do happen from time to time. What then becomes critical is how people react to an incident, and the strength of …

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How to create an internal audit checklist for your Health & Safety Management System

The internal audit function is an important element of any OHSAS 18001-certified OHS&MS (Operational Health and Safety Management System), as most health and safety professionals will confirm. The internal audit process can not only measure how your organization has dealt with risk and hazards, but also provide a vital measure …

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How to manage interested parties in OHSAS 18001

In light of the recent changes to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001, particularly the introduction of requirements regarding interested parties and their needs and expectations, more and more people are wondering about the role of interested parties in the OH&SMS (Occupational Health and Safety Management System) and whether they have …

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What’s specific for health & safety implementation in hospitals

With the population living longer than ever before, and rapidly improving advancements in medical technology, hospitals are busier than they have ever been. With the unique mix of employees, patients, and the public, there is also a duty to provide a safe and healthy environment for all interested parties. Given …

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List of mandatory documents required by OHSAS 18001

Many companies go overboard with documentation in the belief that they need to document every single process that is in place in their organization, without realizing that this is not necessary to meet the requirements of the OHSAS 18001 standard. In the standard, there are several mandatory processes, but these …

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Defining health & safety key performance indicators (KPIs) in a machine shop

A machine shop can be a dangerous place. With all of the heavyweight machinery, moving parts, and heavy steels and other materials it is no wonder that the safety of everyone present needs to be forefront in everyone’s mind. However, safety in a machine shop is more than just putting …

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What is the role of the OH&S Manager according to OHSAS 18001?

Most organizations that have an OH&SMS (Operational Health and Safety Management System) certified against OHSAS 18001 will tend to have an internal OH&S manager. The OHSAS 18001 standard itself makes no specific mention of a requirement for a position, mentioning only “top management” and making reference to people who will …

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5 tips for overcoming the biggest challenges in the OHSAS 18001 implementation

If you have implemented the OHSAS 18001 requirements and a certified OH&SMS (Occupational Health & Safety Management System), you will be aware that there are many challenges that a first-time implementation can bring. In our previous article 5 tips to make your OHSAS 18001 implementation project successful we looked at some …

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Case study: Health & safety communication compliant with OHSAS 18001

If your organization has an OHSAS 18001-certified OH&SMS (Operational Health and Safety Management System), you will be aware that “communication” is one of the mandatory elements of the standard. In our previous article, How to comply with OHSAS 18001 requirements, we looked at exactly what an organization has to do to …

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How to structure health & safety documentation according to OHSAS 18001

Nobody likes documentation. It is often perceived as a bureaucratic burden that consumes energy and time with no real added value to the company. OHSAS 18001 documentation is also perceived in the same manner. And it can be true, depending on how the documentation is structured and how it is developed. …

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Does your organization need a health & safety manual?

In my experience, most organizations that have an OHSAS 18001-based OH&SMS (Occupational Health and Safety Management System) tend to use an OH&S Manual as well as an OH&S Policy. It often seems to be the case that many employees and stakeholders, and sometimes even the responsible person who writes the …

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