Why choose OHSAS 18001?

OHSAS is a British Standard for management systems for occupational health and safety. This standard is applied all over the globe, and it can help you to display that your occupational health and safety performance is sound. By achieving OHSAS 18001, you will have a framework for health and safety management in place that identifies, minimises, and controls healthy and safety risks while also protecting the wellbeing of your employees and ensuring you conform to health and safety legislation. With that being said, let’s take a look at the benefits of OHSAS 18001 in further detail.

Increase employee motivation

By achieving OHSAS 18001, you will increase employee motivation. This is because of the provision of a safer workplace and the fact that they have participated in the process. This will consequently lead to improved levels of productivity. And, as we all know, productivity has a number of knock-on benefits, including greater profits.

Get to the bottom of any incidents with ease

With a better framework in place, you will be able to identify any issues regarding health and safety management with ease. This enhances the incident investigation process.

Reduce the number of incidents and accidents in the workplace

By adhering to OHSAS 18001, you will have a framework in place that works to reduce and eliminate hazards in the workplace. Naturally, this means that incident and accident rates will fall.

Comply with all applicable legislation

OHSAS 18001 ensures that you are aware of the legislation in place regarding health and safety, as well as any regulations that apply to your industry in particular. This enables you to achieve compliance, and avoid any fines that would be inflicted if you did not comply.

Employer liability minimised

At present, you probably have reactive controls in place. OHSAS 18001 ensures a proactive approach, which leads to the minimisation of liability of employers.

The health and safety of anyone at your business

Needless to say, one of the main benefits is the fact that you will be able to make sure of the health and well being of your employees, the public, and your sub-contractors.

International risk management practices

As this is an internationally accepted certification, you can be sure you will be adopting the best global practices in regards to risk management.

Improve corporate image

Last but not least, achieving OHSAS 18001 is a great way to enhance your corporate image and improve your credibility in the industry; not only amongst the public, but also prospective clients, customers, regulators, and stakeholders.

If you are interested in achieving OHSAS 18001, it is advisable to align yourself with a company that specialises in improving processes and management, and acquiring certification that can show their clients’ commitment to adopting the best practises. Here at Synergos Consultancy, we can help you to achieve the certification quickly and efficiently. Going at it alone can be an expensive and frustrating process, so make sure you work with someone who can perfectly understand your business and your needs. To find out more, why not call 01484 817 444 or email info@synergosconsultancy.co.uk to take the first step to gaining the true benefit of OHSAS 18001?

Published 01/08/2016

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Steve Kilburn
Steve Kilburn
I initially trained as an industrial chemist working in a variety of manufacturing environments eventually moving into quality management which grew to encompass environmental and occupational health and safety management systems. I hold a Masters Degree in Health and Safety law and Environmental Law and a Post Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Waste Management and I am a Graduate Level Member of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). In my spare time I enjoy reading, my favourite author is Stephen King, and listening to music, generally from the late 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.
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