OHSAS 18001 - Occupational Health by conneljohn2

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									OHSAS 18001 - Occupational Health and Safety Is Everyone's Concern

The importance of making the workplace a safe and healthy place cannot be
stressed enough, that is why the International Organization for
Standardization or ISO created ISO 18001, (Occupational Health and Safety
Management Systems). Workers spend most of their time at work, and the
workplace is never without potential risks. There is no telling when
accidents happen while employees are on duty, and most industrial sites
are pretty much loaded with chemicals, machineries and tools to which
workers are exposed today in and day out.There is an increasing demand
for companies and industries to manage risks associated with occupational
health and safety, and to improve performance and quality. For this
reason, every industry player works to plan, develop and implement
management systems in line with ISO standards. As far as occupational
health and safety system is concerned, it is not enough for employers to
offer compensation to claimants of work-related accidents, diseases, and
injuries happen. They must seek to create the workplace a safer and
healthier place for their staff by creating and executing precautionary
measures to prevent accidents in the workplace.Compliance with
occupational health and safety management systems does not free employers
from possible legal obligations arising from OH&S-related claims, however
obtaining ISO 18001 proves that employers strive to respond to the urgent
need for fostering safe work environment, and that they value life,
health and overall safety within their work environments. In addition,
ISO-certified employers are not just protecting their workers but they
are likewise protecting family members, customers, suppliers,
communities, and even themselves.In order to ensure and continually
improve workplace safety and health, it is recommended that employers
enlist the help of an occupational health and safety officer or for
larger organizations to establish a team dedicated to OH&S. An OH&S team
is ideally composed of a safety professional, an occupational hygiene
specialist, an occupational physician, and a work and organization
specialist. These professionals design and maintain all OH&S guidelines
and regulations within and throughout the organization, as well as to
achieve or remain in compliance with respective ISO standards on
OH&S.Specifically, the job description of OH&S officers encompasses a
wide range of responsibilities and duties including creating and
maintaining safety programs and forms, monitoring program implementation
outcomes, providing organization-wide OH&S training, and providing safety
reports. The officers ensure that the company implements, maintains and
improves its occupational health and safety as conscientiously and
continuously as possible in order to become worthy of the ISO 18001
certification, if not to become worthy of the public's trust and
confidence.

								
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