OHSAS 18001 Occupational health and safety Management System Certification

OHSAS 18001 Occupational health and safety Management System CertificationGuaranteeing a healthy and safe workplace is mandatory for every employer and it must be carried out with responsibility and commitment. Having the right tools to prevent and limit risk factors means adhering to legal requirements, protecting employees from possible injuries that may occur at work. Employees’ health and safety safeguard is an inevitable part of general management of a company and it involves a series of activities and procedures that, if implemented correctly, lead to a continuous improvement of work conditions, which can result in a competitive advantage, fostering better productivity and can have a positive effect on the company’s reputation. OHSAS 18001 certification defines the requirements for occupational health and safety Management System, according to current regulations based on potential hazards and risks present in the work place. Obtaining this certification means adopting a policy of Safety management that allows you to identify dangers, evaluate risks and find solutions for supervision in compliance with legal requirements; it gives the opportunity to employees, clients and suppliers to realize that the company has clear objectives to preserve health and safety while working.

The benefits of OHSAS 18001 certification:

  • Safety improvement on the premises;
  • Better satisfaction and motivation among employees;
  • Adoption of a systematic approach to emergencies originating from injuries and accidents;
  • Better relationship and communication with authorities;
  • Special terms access to financial procedures;
  • Reduction of resource misuse;
  • Better ability to adhere to legal requirements;
  • possibility of competing in foreign markets with an objective warranty of organization quality;
  • more likeliness of winning national and international tenders;
  • reduction of bank guarantee in public contracts;
  • more possibility of getting clients;
  • improvement in the company image;
  • monitoring and cost-cutting.

The most important parts of the certification process are:

  • Definition of the purpose of certification;
  • Pre-audit (optional); Gap-analysis and diagnosis of current situation in comparison to standards. The objective is to evaluate the conformity of the process to the requirements of Quality Assurance. The main phases of Gap analysis include:
    • Purpose definition;
    • Audit;
    • Non-conformity reports and opportunities for improvement;
  • Certification audit divided in two steps:
    • Step 1: Certification preparation revision;
    • Step 2: Certification preparation evaluation;
  • Certificate issue, valid for three years;
  • Monitoring audit, in order to check the conformity maintenance is kept up to standard and continuous improvement;
  • Three year validity - when expired, the certificate can be renewed in accordance with the abovementioned procedure.