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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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How much does the OHSAS 18001 implementation cost?

The cost of OHSAS 18001 implementation comes up as a question very early in deciding whether to engage in the project or not; and, very often, this is the main drawback because it is very hard to make a precise estimate at the beginning of the project. There are lots …

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What is the purpose and structure of the health & safety hazard evaluation record?

Evaluation of hazards and the risks attached to these hazards is a central element of the OHSAS 18001 standard. In any effective OH&SMS (Operational Health and Safety Management System) you will find that this task is carried out diligently and effectively, with root causes identified, risk removed, and occurrence, reoccurrence, …

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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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