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OHSAS 18001 - UK Health & Safety Management in Kent & London

What is OHSAS 18001?

OHSAS 18001 is an internationally recognised standard for Occupational Health and Safety Management.

It is anticipated that the OHSAS Standard will replaced by the ISO 45001 Standard during 2016 which will make it "dovetail" into the same framework as the ISO 9001 and 14001:2015 Standards.

The standard provides a framework that any organisation can use to identify and effectively control its’ occupational health and safety risks.

Achieving compliance to OHSAS 18001 will typically involve identifying the most significant health and safety hazards in the business and taking appropriate action to manage these. 

All health and safety legislation applicable to a business and its’ activities must also be identified, documented and complied with.      

Certification to OHSAS 18001 demonstrates to all stakeholders of a UK business that your health and safety management system has been independently assessed and conforms to international standards for health and safety practice in the workplace. 

Call 2SB on 01622 721684 or contact us by email at info@2sb.co.uk for further information on OHSAS 18001.

Why Implement OHSAS 18001?

1)      To protect your staff

2)      To protect yourself

3)      To protect your business and its reputation

Whilst you don’t need to be certified to OHSAS 18001, the requirements of this standard fits in well with the other ISO’s and ensures that maintaining a safe working environment has the same priority as your quality and environmental responsibilities.

It is a relatively simple process to extend your management system to cover OHSAS 18001 and it provides the following benefits:

Safer working environment

Well managed and safer working environments are more efficient and staff do respond positively to working in businesses that show that they care about the health of their staff. By having OHSAS 18001 you know that this is done consistently and effectively. 

Annual Independent Review of your Health and Safety

Senior Management have final responsibility for Health and Safety. Having OHSAS 18001 will provide assurance to senior management that their businesses health and safety management systems are being independently audited on an annual basis by a competent assessor. 

Competitive Edge

In an increasingly competitive market your customers know that by having OHSAS 18001 your business can deliver quality services and products without compromising the health and safety of your workforce

The Implementation Process

A typical implementation time frame to certification for a single OHSAS 18001 management system consists of 6 day visits over approximately 6 months.

2SB will however always adapt our approach to meet our clients’ needs.

We can reduce implementation time frames if the client requires certification urgently and we also manage our visits to best fit with your business operations. This could involve dividing our visits into a series of half days or only visiting the site during your quieter periods.  

We will agree an implementation programme with you from the start and will provide all the guidance and resources necessary to achieve certification.  

More Than One Standard?

Increasingly 2SB are seeing more businesses request the implementation of combined management systems to cover two or more standards.

Summarised below are typical implementation time frames for management systems covering the ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 standards.

 

Average Implementation Time Frames to Certification

No. of Standard(s)

One

 

Two

Three

 

No. of days consultancy required

 

 

6 days

 

8 days

 

10 days

 

Project Duration

 

6 months

 

7 months

 

8 months

 

Your Kent or London Business

2SB provide all information on costs and time frames upfront based on an assessment of a business. We will visit your London or Kent site to discuss your certification needs at no cost to you. Alternatively, provided we obtain the relevant information, we can provide this information subject to a telephone call.  

The average implementation time frames given in this section may vary depending on the size and activities of an organisation along with the current status of H&S practice and policy within the business.  

2SB can provide a competent person with the necessary expertise to advise you on the full range of your health and safety duties.

In addition to 18001 implementation, 2SB has a number of ongoing contracts with UK businesses who do not wish to be certified but want the confidence that they are effectively addressing their health and safety risks.

We have established competencies in conducting fire risk assessments among other health and safety related services such as noise surveys.

OHSAS 18001 was designed to be compatible with the ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 management system standard. 2SB have successfully implemented, and extended, a number of combined management systems to include OHSAS 18001 requirements. 

If you would like to know more about the health and safety services offered by 2SB please do not hesitate to get in touch. 

Obart Pumps in Kent

2SB worked alongside UK based Obart Pumps to implement a triple standard management system. Motivation for the system was two-fold. The Managing Director wanted certification to officially confirm that Obart was a well-run business capable of working with any organisation. Pressure then also started to mount from their suppliers and customers. Over a course of 8 months 2SB worked to provide Obart Pumps with all the necessary resources required by the business and have left Obart with a truly integrated management system.

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