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Monday, 21 April 2008

OHSAS 18001 Health & Safety Management Standard

OHSAS 18001 has become one of the most widely recognised standard in the world. Last year the standard was adopted as a British Standard and can be formally assessed and certified.

What is OHSAS 18001?

18001 or more correctly BS OHSAS 18001:2007 (in the UK) is a registration scheme where an organisation's Health & Safety Management is assessed against a set of rules; if successful the organisation can use the logo to endorse the management system incorporated in the organisation. The logo along with the 'tick and Crown from UKAS' means that the company can demonstrate full compliance with the standard.

What does OHSAS 18001 cover?

The standard covers all elements of Health & Safety in the organisation and ensures that the Safety at Work legislation is fully implemented. With the ever increasing regulation and legislation it is important to have any internal systems validated. It may prevent inadvertent breaches of the Law and the prosecutions that may follow.
In short, all the health and safety activities normally carried out within a well ordered organisation.

Below is the BS OHSAS 18001 model which is designed to turn OH&S Policy, through planning and implementation into continual improvement of the Health & Safety system employed by the company.



The information gathered at every stage is fed to top management to allow for continual improvement. In this way the organisation is able to make decisions based on fact and so develop and evolve.
Many companies are opting for a fully integrated approach of Quality, Environmental and H&S in one management system.

Monday, 7 April 2008

ISO14001 Environmental Management Standard

What is ISO14001?


14001 is an externally assessed scheme where an organisations declared environmental practices are checked against a set of rules; if successful the organisation can use the logo to endorse the environmental management system incorporated in the organisation.

An additional advantage is that cost savings brought about by reductions in gas, electricity and fossil fuels can be significant.

What does ISO14001 cover?


The standard covers the impact on the environment made by the product (or service) from customer's order through order acceptance, design and development if appropriate, planning, production or service delivery and control of calibration devices. Also included is training and the selection of suppliers that are able to meet the organisation's environmental needs, together with controls on energy usage and waste generation.

The activities are those carried out by most 'Green' companies.
Below is the ISO14001 model which is designed to allow for continual improvement through planned and operated policy.

As is the case with ISO9001 (Quality Management Standard) the information gathered from the processes is fed to top management to allow for continual improvement. In this way the organisation is able to make decisions based on fact and so develop and evolve.

The two standards 9001 and 14001 are often integrated into a single management system.

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