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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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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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