Safety OHSAS 18001
Safety is the condition of being protected from harm. A certified safety system demonstrates your commitment to ensure your workers are safe.
OHSAS 18001 Occupational Health & Safety Management System is the international standard for safety management systems.
Safe work practice is broadly recognised as a license to operate within the contemporary business environment in Australia and around the world.
Zero harm and 100% legal compliance is the goal for many organisations when it comes to safety. Both of these challenges require systematic management discipline.
So we are committed to safety but why do we need Safety Certification?
The main reason for Safety Certification is because external stakeholders like your customers, regulators and governments want an external independent assessment that your safe system of work is robust and will facilitate safe outcomes so far as is reasonably practicable. New customers (in particular principals where you may be operating on their site) want to know you have robust safety processes in place well before you start work. Safety Certification is also a good tool to help you manage risks, legal compliance, improve your processes and focus the organisation.
Certification of your Safety system is a powerful marketing tool. You have done the hard yards implementing the system so show people you have a commitment to your workers, to safety leadership, to the community and to meeting your customers’ expectations.
That’s where Compass Assurance Services comes in. We get it. You want auditors with experience in your industry, who can add value to your system and help you with the complexities of managing a safety management system, not just tick a box. Auditors who will raise significant issues if they are there but who won’t act like law enforcers.
ARE YOU READY FOR SAFETY CERTIFICATION?
Top management buy-in and support is fundamental to implementing a Quality Management System…
Ensure you understand all of your internal and external requirements and have considered these in the development…
Implement the System
There is no golden rule to how to implement the system and every organisation’s requirements and circumstances will vary. But we have some key principles ….
Don’t wait until you believe your system is bullet proof or gold plated before engaging Compass Assurance Services to certify your system. …
Not all auditors and not all certification bodies are the same. We do things differently. We explain the process, we keep it simple, we only use the most skilled & experienced auditors who can communicate at all levels in your organisation and who will partner with you over the journey. Our auditors know their stuff but don’t pretend to know everything. We will share our experience and help you value add to your safety system at the same time as determining compliance.
We adapt based on your circumstances and objectives. We understand that organisations operating in high risk industries such as construction and mining require different outcomes from certification to an office based business that is just starting out on their safety journey.
We understand you want highly skilled safety auditors with experience in your industry, who understands your risks and hazards and your compliance issues.
Certification to the International standard for safety management system OHSAS 18001 demonstrates that there is management commitment to safe work practices and the appropriate business infrastructure to make every reasonable attempt to bring certainty and consistency in safety performance.
- OHS Policy
- Implementation and Operation
- Management Review
- Ensures you have an effective OHS policy and objectives
- Reduces workplace injuries
- A process to identify hazards and manage safety risks
- Demonstrate your commitment to safety to internal and external stakeholders
- Access to key markets
Do you want to undertake your own gap analysis and understand just how ready your system is to be certified to OHSAS 18001? Our self-assessment checklist has been developed as a simplified summary of the requirements of OHSAS 18001 Occupational Health & Safety Management System.
What Are The Mandatory Documents You Will Need?
OHSAS 18001 differs to other key standards such as 9001, 4801 and 14001 in that it is much less prescriptive in terms of what mandatory documented procedures are required. It states the following in terms of procedural requirements:
- OHS Policy
- Procedures to cover situations where absence of control measures could lead to deviation from the OH&S policy and objectives
Like the other standards you must have procedures or processes in place and able to demonstrate a systematic approach. You also need to maintain records.
How we do business
Compass Assurance Services is committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace for all its workers including contractors; and to operate in such a way to as to cause zero harm to all stakeholders including workers, neighbours, suppliers, clients and the general public.
To achieve this, we will:
- Comply with all relevant OHS legislation and other requirements to which Compass Assurance Services subscribes (or are placed upon Compass Assurance Services)
- Ensure health and safety is considered in all our work planning activities
- Identify all potential hazards in the work place, with the aim of eliminating them completely or minimising their risk.
- Develop and maintain a management system with measurable objectives and targets which will undergo regular review to improve the system.
- Involve workers (including contractors) in decision making processes through regular communication and consultation.
- Ensure all accidents are thoroughly investigated to prevent their recurrence.
Monitoring & Reporting
The effectiveness of this policy will be monitored. An annual review of its effectiveness will be made by the Board.
This policy is endorsed by the Board of Directors and the document is owned by the Managing Director.